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Core Curriculum for Ambulatory Care Nursing

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, 9th Edition

The Scope and Standards of Practice for Professional Ambulatory Care Nursing promotes effective clinical and administrative management of increasingly complex ambulatory care RN roles and responsibilities in a changing health care environment.

The 9th Edition contains significant revisions from previous versions, including an updated Scope of Practice statement, as well as updates for the 16 standards of professional ambulatory care nursing practice.

The scope of practice statement addresses the definition and unique characteristics of ambulatory care nursing, the conceptual framework, its history over the past 30 years, the diverse types of ambulatory care settings, the roles of ambulatory care RNs, the trends and issues in ambulatory care and future directions. The standards specify the competencies needed for professional clinical and administrative practice.

The first six standards address the six phases of the nursing process; the last ten standards address Professional Performance. Each standard contains three sections:

  1. A statement of the standard addressed.
  2. Measurement criteria that may be used for demonstrating competency for meeting the standard.
  3. Additional standard statements and measurement criteria for nurseexecutives, administrators, and managers.

These changes offer clarification and specificity for the distinct domains of clinical and administrative nursing practice in ambulatory care settings.

Use this resource to guide ambulatory care nursing role descriptions and competencies; improve or create policies, procedures, and standards; train and orient staff; create clinical, telehealth, and administrative job descriptions; stimulate participation in research and evidence-based practice; guide ethical practice and patient advocacy; and guide performance improvement initiatives in clinical and organizational environments.  The Standards will also assist registered nurses in preparing for the ambulatory care nursing certification exam.

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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 Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) and the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN).

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

AAACN is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 5366.

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.