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Core Curriculum for Ambulatory Care Nursing


"If you study the Core Curriculum for Ambulatory Care Nursing with confidence, you'll pass the exam. Not just that- it empowers your nursing practice!"

Carmen Carrillo, BSN, RN-BC, Seattle, WA. Passed the exam March, 2014.

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The 4th edition of the Core Curriculum for Ambulatory Care Nursing presents a comprehensive reference to support the mission of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN): “To advance the art and science of ambulatory care nursing.”

The 20 chapters of this outstanding curriculum will further drive the development and recognition of the specialty.

The 4th edition of the Core Curriculum has been organized and expanded to address the educational needs of nurses either new to the specialty or those experienced, as well as to provide a review for those who seek specialty certification as an ambulatory care nurse. The changes in the content and organization of this edition not only reflect the new knowledge, but also the content of the certification examination. Additionally, feedback and requests from readers of the 3rd edition and content experts have been incorporated.

New features of the 4th edition include:

  • New and reconfigured chapters to address ambulatory care nursing professional communication, procedures and technical skills, leadership, nurse-sensitive indicators, and care coordination and transition management.
  • Expanded content on telehealth technologies, interventions for health promotion and disease prevention, and needs of special populations at end-of-life and in sedated and surgical procedures.
  • New content on emerging clinical issues which may be observed by nurses in almost any ambulatory care setting, such as pain management, dementia, opioid overdose, and re-emerging vaccine-preventable infectious diseases.

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Scope and Standards of Practice for Professional Ambulatory Care Nursing, 8th Edition

The Scope and Standards of Practice for Professional Ambulatory Care Nursing explicitly identifies and defines ambulatory nursing practice in outpatient settings.

The first formal Scope of Practice statement contains a definition of ambulatory care practice, an expanded conceptual framework, the characteristics of the practice, the roles of professional ambulatory care nurses, and the trends and issues in ambulatory care settings and nursing practice.

The 8th edition contains sixteen standards re-categorized into two major classifications: the nursing process and professional performance standards. Each standard contains distinct measurement criteria to clarify the domains of practice of clinical and administrative practice.

This edition also contains a glossary of terms, references and recommended additional readings. This resource provides an invaluable guide for ambulatory care settings to guide nursing competencies, improve or create policies, procedures and standards, train and orient staff, create clinical, telehealth and administrative job descriptions, and plan for regulatory agency surveys.

It will also assist registered nurses in preparing for the ambulatory care nursing certification examination.

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Scope and Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses in Care Coordination and Transition Management

The Standards are a giant step forward in that they include the first statement of the scope and standards of practice for professional nurses in a relatively new role, care coordination and/or transition management (CCTM). While the activities of these roles in current times have been evolving over the past twenty five years, there has never been formal identification, specification and/or publication of the scope and standards of practice. This resource may be used as a tool to advance professional care coordination and/or transition management nursing practice, patient and population health, and the performance outcomes of health care institutions.

The publication includes the definition of CCTM, defining characteristics for RNs practicing in the CCTM role, and an initial conceptual framework that was adapted from models cited in the Care Coordination and Transition Management Core Curriculum. The framework offers a structure for cataloguing and unifying the distinct relationships and interactions among the professional nurse, the patient, group and/or population, the inter-professional health care team, and the resources across the health care continuum.

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Ambulatory Care Nursing Certification Review Course

This course provides an overview of the potential content that is tested on ANCC's ambulatory care nursing certification exam.

It is a valuable opportunity to reinforce your knowledge of ambulatory care, identify your weak areas, and learn new information.

The primary target audience for this course is registered nurses interested in taking the exam. Nurses transitioning into ambulatory care may also find the course valuable.

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"I have taken the ANCC ambulatory care nursing certification exam and passed! I found both the Review Course DVD and the Review Questions book helpful."

Natasha Lewis, RN-BC

Ambulatory Care Nursing Certification Review Course Syllabus

Straight from the live Ambulatory Care Nursing Certification Review Course to you is this course syllabus.

  • Content is based on the Test Content Outline for ANCC's Ambulatory Care Nursing Certification Exam.
  • Content contains the slide handout from the course.

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Ambulatory Care Nursing Review Questions

Test your knowledge of ambulatory care nursing and prepare for certification with the Review Questions.

The Ambulatory Care Nursing Review Questions exam resource has been updated to reflect the latest content outline of the ANCC ambulatory care nursing certification exam.

The 4th Edition contains 179 multiple choice test questions grouped into five domains of practice corresponding to those on the exam: Clinical Practice, Communication, Issues and Trends, Systems, and Education.

All of the questions are based on and referenced to the Core Curriculum for Ambulatory Care Nursing, 3rd edition. Using the Core Curriculum as the companion to this set of review questions is highly recommended.

Use the Review Questions to test your knowledge prior to taking the certification exam as well as identify areas of further study.

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Testimonial from nurses that used the study materials from AAACN:

I recently took the ANCC Exam, "Ambulatory Care Nurse" using the materials from your website as an AAACN member. This included the review course sponsored by AAACN. The materials were so right on that I passed the exam first time around! I got a 378 on the exam. (I do not know the score breakdown, but it is passing).

I think the material you had on the site and the way it was presented made it comfortable for me to study and feel prepared for the exam.

Thank you again for the material and support!

Ken Craft, BSN, RN-BC, PH, TNCC
Air Force Ambulatory Care Center
Esparto, CA

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This educational activity is jointly provided by AAACN and Anthony J Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ).

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

AAACN is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP5366.

AAACN urges all participants to be aware of the CE requirement for re-licensure in the states in which they hold a license. RNs with a California license must retain the CNE certificate for a period of 4 years after the course is completed.