AMSN Publications

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) offers books and media to help med-surg nurses have the necessary resources to deliver excellent care.

AMSN also produces two bi-monthly periodicals, MEDSURG Nursing and MedSurg Matters! Go to Periodicals.

Scope and Standards of Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice, 5th Edition

Describes the responsibilities of all nurses engaged in medical-surgical nursing practice, regardless of the setting. It is very useful in serving as the basis for job descriptions, performance appraisals, peer review, quality assurance system, and certification activities. AMSN has chosen to make this publication available at no cost in online-only format to serve the medical-surgical profession.

Core Curriculum for Medical-Surgical Nursing, 5th Edition

Prepare for certification exams and stay current on medical-surgical trends and topics. New and experienced medical-surgical nurses will find this is the definitive resource to prepare for the medical-surgical nursing certification exam. The 5th Edition of the Core Curriculum for Medical-Surgical Nursing provides the latest information in medical-surgical nursing practice.

Presented in an easy-to-use topic and outline format, this comprehensive resource provides the foundational body of knowledge for medical-surgical nursing practice. Each chapter begins with the key points necessary for comprehension and success on the certification exam. Case studies at the end of each chapter help you apply the knowledge.

Medical-surgical units will also find that the outline and bullet format makes this book a preferred resource for quick and easy clinical reference to ensure your nurses are providing excellent patient care. Readers will benefit from the expertise of 29 authors and 32 content reviewers. 600+ pages in 29 chapters.

Medical-Surgical Nursing Review Questions, 3rd Edition

Designed to assist medical-surgical nurses in assessing their knowledge of the practice of medical-surgical nursing, this book consists of over 345 multiple choice items that follow the same format as the items on the examination for Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN). It is an invaluable resource to help you prepare for the CMSRN examination.

The book includes an Answer Sheet so that you can take the practice test and then grade yourself using the Answers section. Includes rationale for correct answers.

Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Review Course

Available on-demand in the AMSN Online Library. This online course is a multi-media recording of the two-day review course AMSN specifically designed to prepare nurses for the medical-surgical nursing certification exam. It includes:

  • A brief review of the function of each body system
  • Fluids and electrolytes
  • Common pathological conditions and treatments
  • Appropriate nursing interventions

For those taking the exam, there is a short section on test-taking tips. Instructor reviews several practice questions at the end of each clinical section. For those not taking the exam, the course is an ideal way to refresh your medical-surgical nursing knowledge. It is also ideal for those who are new to the specialty or transitioning from another area into medical-surgical nursing.

This two-day course is recorded during AMSN Annual Convention every year. Along with complete audio of the speaker, the recording displays the speaker's presentation slides. Handouts can be downloaded and printed. 13.75 contact hours included.

Note: This is not a searchable or interactive self-study. No additional questions are included.