Scope of the Nurse Licensure Examination

Scope of the Nurse Licensure Examination as outlined by the Professional Regulation Commission-Board of Nursing.
• Safe and Quality Nursing Care
• Management of Resources and Environment
• Health Education
• Legal Responsibility
• Ethico-Moral Responsibility
• Personal and Professional Development
• Quality Improvement
• Research
• Records Management
• Communication
• Collaboration and Teamwork

Nursing Practice I.
For Nursing Practice I, examinees need to be knowledgeable on the different theories, concepts, principles, and processes fundamental to the practice of nursing with emphasis on health promotion and health maintenance. It includes basic nursing skills in the care of clients across age groups in various settings as well as the various roles, functions, and responsibilities of the professional nurse in varied health care settings.

Candidates to the November 2009 Nurse Licensure Examination should also expect questions on the theoretical foundations of nursing, roles and functions of the nurse, nursing process, basic nursing skills, bioethical principles, patient’s bill of rights, nursing code of ethics, laws affecting nursing practice, nursing leadership and management, records management, nursing research, communication, and the nurse-client relationship.

Nursing Practice II.
Nursing Practice II covers theories, principles, and processes in the care of individuals, families, groups and communities to promote health and alleviate pain and discomfort, utilizing the nursing process as framework. It also includes the care of high risk and at-risk mothers, children and families during the various stages of the life cycle.

For this test, candidates to the November 2009 NLE need to review more about topics on Community Health Nursing and Maternal Child Nursing. Specific topics include principles and standards of CHN, levels of care, IMCI, PHC as a strategy, health care delivery system, vital statistics, FHSIS, epidemiology and demography, and environmental sanitation, growth and development, nursing care of the newborn, among others.

Nursing Practice III, IV, and V.
Nursing Practice III, IV, and V covers the theories, concepts, principles and processes in the care of clients with altered health patterns, utilizing the nursing process and integrating the key areas of nursing competencies. Questions on safe and quality care, health education, management of environment and resources and quality improvement, as well as personal and professional development, communication, collaboration, and teamwork, and ethico-moral-legal responsibility are expected in Nursing Practice III, IV, and V.

For Nursing Practice III, November 2009 Nurse Licensure Examination candidates need to study specifically on the management of clients in pain, and of clients with oxygenation, metabolic and endocrine, and elimination problems.

For Nursing Practice IV, nursing board examinees will likely be tested on concepts about disturbances on fluid and electrolytes, immunologic functioning, and cellular functioning. November 2009 NLE candidates also need to review on emergency and disaster nursing and the management of clients with inflammatory and infectious disorders, and of clients in acute biologic crisis.

Nursing Practice V generally covers disturbances in perception and coordination, and maladaptive patterns of behavior. Questions on neurologic, musculoskeletal, and sensory disorders as well as questions on psychiatric nursing are to be expected in this test.

Aside from reviewing on nursing topics, candidates to the November 2009 nursing board exam are expected to be knowledgeable on current events and various local and global nursing issues. It is also prudent for November 2009 Nurse Licensure Examination candidates to be familiar with the previous and present members of the Board of Nursing and their stand on issues concerning politics, religion, sexuality, and the nursing profession.


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