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  • 1. American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses 401 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 800-245-7462, Option 3 Fax: 312-673-6723 info@abcgn.org www.abcgn.org Certification Application InstructionsThis Examination Handbook has been published to help you through the examination process. You can makethe process easier for yourself by following these easy steps:1. Read through the entire handbook before beginning. Reading through the handbook completely will helpyou become acquainted with the process and will help to prevent errors.2. Discard all previous handbooks and forms. Use only the application forms provided with this handbook.3. Follow all instructions in the handbook carefully. Type or print all information legibly.4. Submit your materials by the appropriate deadline.A completed application package includes: The following forms/applications: 1. ABCGN Certification Examination Application 2. Verification of Professional Qualifications Form 3. Payment Form 4. An attached copy of your RN license*. 5. An attached check made payable to “ABCGN” or a signed charge authorization for appropriate fees. Be certain to include late fees if applicable.*(In states where it is unlawful to photocopy professional licenses, a current license must be presented at the examination site duringthe registration period. If you must show your license at the examination site instead of including a copy of it with your application,check the appropriate box on the application form.)Remember, an incomplete application will delay processing and may result in a $20.00 reprocessing fee if yourapplication must be returned to you. 1
  • 2. Background InformationThe American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses is a volunteer nonprofit organization. Itspurpose is to maintain and improve the knowledge, understanding, and skill of nurses in the fields ofgastroenterology/endoscopy by developing and administering a certification program. Certification is avoluntary process by which a non-governmental agency, such as ABCGN, validates an individual’squalifications and knowledge in a specific area of professional practice based on a set of pre-determinedstandards. In the case of ABCGN certification, the Certifying Board is validating your qualifications andknowledge as a nurse in the field of gastroenterology.The purposes of certification for gastroenterology nurses include:• Demonstrating accountability to the general public for gastroenterology specialty practice;• Enhancing quality patient care;• Recognizing professional nurses who have met an accepted level of experience and demonstrated a standard of knowledge in gastroenterology/endoscopy practice;• Promoting personal satisfaction for professional nurses;• Providing employers with a means of identifying professionals who have met a standard of achievement.Candidates become certified by successfully completing an examination which has been validated according toaccepted psychometric criteria. ABCGN employs a testing company to assist with development and validationof the examination and to oversee the administration of the exam in various locations around the country.General questions related to the certification process should be addressed to: ABCGN 401 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611-4267 1-800-245-SGNA, Option 3 FAX 312-673-6723 E-mail: info@abcgn.orgThe on-site administration of the ABCGN certification examinations is conducted by CASTLE Worldwide, Inc.(CASTLE). Questions relating to testing, including specific locations of examinations, receipt of AdmissionTickets, time schedules for testing, etc. should be addressed to: CASTLE Worldwide, Inc. 900 Perimeter Park Drive Suite G Morrisville, NC 27560 919-572-6880 919-361-2426 (fax)Certification by ExaminationThe ABCGN certification examination for Registered Nurses is a four-hour written test consisting of 175multiple choice questions, 150 multiple choice questions are scored and 25 are experimental questions used tovalidate for future exams. The exam is based on a role delineation studies for Registered Nurses. The roledelineation is a survey of practitioners which define the scope of practice and the knowledge and skills requiredto function as a gastroenterology RN. The examination is designed to test a sample of content from the full 2
  • 3. range of knowledge and the complete inventory of skills required of gastroenterology RNs. It is written bycertified practitioners, edited, and validated by a professional testing company.RecertificationGastroenterology certification is granted for a period of five years. The certification period begins with the datecertification or recertification is granted (the exam date or the deadline for submission of recertification bycontact hours) and ends on December 31 five years later; i.e. recertification granted as of 5/31/03 is validthrough 12/31/08. For more information regarding recertification contact ABCGN to receive recertificationapplication instructions at 800-245-7462 option 3 or go online to www.abcgn.org.Certification Eligibility RequirementsABCGN certification is open to Registered Nurses currently or recently engaged in GI/endoscopy. To qualifyfor certification or recertification, candidates must meet the following criteria:1. At the time of application, candidates must have been employed in clinical, supervisory, administrative,teaching/education or research capacities in an institutional or private practice setting for a minimum of two (2)years full-time, or its part-time equivalent of 4000 hours, within the past five (5) years in GI/endoscopy. a. Work experience must be at the level the candidate is certifying (i.e., an LPN who has become an RN must have two years experience as an RN prior to sitting for the CGRN designation regardless of the number of years of GI experience as an LPN.) b. Full time industry nurses whose focus is at least 40% clinical practice, education, or research are eligible. Those whose focus is sales are not.2. Each candidate is required to obtain the signatures of two responsible practitioners in the specialty who canverify his/her work experience and professional qualifications.3. Each licensed candidate is requested to submit a photocopy of his/her current RN license prominently marked“COPY” and showing license number and expiration date.(In states where it is unlawful to photocopy professional licenses, a current license must be presented at the examination site duringthe registration period. If you will show your license at the examination site, check the appropriate box on the application form.)What Material Is Covered on the Examination?The result of the role delineation study for gastroenterology RNs serves as the examination blueprints for theABCGN certification program. This document was created by a panel of expert gastroenterology/endoscopyprofessionals currently engaged in practice and then validated by the gastroenterology/endoscopy nursingcommunity. The major component (practice domains and specific tasks) of the current role delineations for thegastroenterology RN is presented in Appendice B.What Is the Examination Like?The RN examinations each consist of 175 multiple choice questions, 150 multiple choice questions are scoredand 25 are experimental questions used to validate for future exams. Each question has 4 choices with onecorrect answer. All examination items are written by certified individuals with expertise in the field ofgastroenterology and/or endoscopy nursing practice. Before an item is considered for inclusion on anexamination, it is referenced, reviewed, and validated by the ABCGN Item Writers Committee. Finally, eachitem is edited by Castle for proper test item construction, grammatical correctness, and clarity. The proportionof questions from each practice domain included on the examinations is based on the relative frequency andimportance of each domain and task as determined in the role delineation surveys. The test percentage for theABCGN RN examination is listed in Appendix A. Sample questions representative of those that may appear on 3
  • 4. the ABCGN examinations are provided in Appendix C. The sample questions do not reflect the full range ofcontent or all the levels of difficulty of questions appearing on the examinations.Preparing for the ExaminationThe ABCGN neither sponsors nor endorses test preparation or review courses for the certification examinations.SGNA, as well as some SGNA regional organizations do offer review courses. Contact the SGNA forinformation (800-245-7462 or SGNA@Smithbucklin.com)Test Sites*It is recommended that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the exam start time. Please read yourAdmission Ticket carefully for the specific schedule at the site where you will sit for the examination.Candidates who report to the test site after the scheduled start time can be denied access to the examination andmay forfeit the examination fee. Since the chief examiner will read instructions and the proctors will distributetest materials prior to the scheduled start time, plan on arriving at least one-half hour early to be sure you are inplace and ready at exam time. Be certain to dress in layers as the temperature in the testing room may be overlywarm or overly cool.A candidate applying for the ABCGN certification must select a test site and fill in the appropriate three-digittest site code in the space requested on the Application Form. If you submit your application without a test siteselected, it will be returned to you. This will delay your application and may result in a reprocessing fee.Request to Change Test SiteIf you wish to change your test site, you must notify the ABCGN by the published date. Contact the ABCGNby calling 800-245-7462 option 3 or info@abcgn.org. Late requests for test site changes will not be granted.Requests received in advance of the deadline will be honored, provided that space is available at the requestedsite.Test Site LocationsBefore the test date, it is a good idea for you to familiarize yourself with the specific location, to estimate thetime it will take you to get to the test location and to identify convenient parking. If you do not verify your testsite location prior to the day of the examination, be sure to give yourself plenty of extra time on the morning ofthe test.Computer Based TestingCandidates are able to sign up for CBT starting with the May 2008 exam. To see a complete list of testinglocations visit http://www.castleworldwide.com/tds_v5/services/ibt.htm#1. The ABCGN testing companyCastle Worldwide will contact CBT candidates with instructions on registering for the test using the on-line testscheduling system. Candidates will have a 30 day window in which to schedule the exam, and this windowbegins 30 days prior the paper and pencil exam date. Full information regarding CBT can be found on theABCGN website under http://www.abcgn.org/certification/forms.cfm. Note there are additional fees incurredfor CBT that are noted on the application.Special Test SitesIn addition to the published test sites, special test sites are available. A written request for a special test siteshould be submitted at least twelve (12) weeks before the exam. A request for a special test site must beaccompanied by a special test site fee of $1000. If a special test site request is not approved, the special test sitefee submitted with the request will be refunded. For more details refer to the Special Test Site Form online atwww.abcgn.org or call 800-245-7462 option 3. 4
  • 5. Requests for Special AccommodationArrangements can be made for candidates requesting special accommodations. The candidate is responsible formaking the request and for providing documentation of the need for a special accommodation by the filingdeadline(s). In addition, a letter from a physician or a medical specialist knowledgeable of the candidate’sdisability must accompany the completed application. The ABCGN recognizes the definition of disabilityincluded in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and acknowledges the provisions of the Act.Admission TicketsCASTLE will send each registered candidate an Admission Ticket approximately two (2) weeks prior to the testdate. The Admission Ticket will contain the test site location, its address, the name of the testing room and thereporting time. When you receive your Admission Ticket, read it carefully, and make sure the name of theexamination and the test site requested are correct. If you have not received an Admission Ticket at least one(1) week prior to the test date, if your Admission Ticket is incorrect or if you have any questionsregarding the information which appears on your Admission Ticket, call the testing agency CASTLE at919-572-6880.Taking the ExaminationEach candidate should bring their Admission Ticket, two sharpened No. 2 pencils with erasers, and two formsof identification to be admitted to the examination. At least one form of identification must contain aphotograph. If you have not previously submitted a photocopy of your license, bring your license with you tothe test site.Testing Center RegulationsThe following regulations will be observed at each testing center to insure that all candidates take theexamination under uniform conditions. These regulations will be read at each test site and proctors areinstructed not to admit candidates who arrive after the examination instructions have been read. Since theinstructions must be read and the test materials distributed prior to the official start time for the examinationperiod, be sure to arrive at the test location at least one-half hour prior to the official start time to allow yourselfample time. √ Calculators and reference materials are not permitted in the examination room. √ Cell phones, pagers or other electronic devices are not permitted in the examination room. √ No books, scratch paper, or notes may be brought into the examination room. √ Backpacks, fanny packs and purses must be kept in a designated spot in the examination room. Please try to avoid bringing these items with you as the designated spot is not secured. √ No test materials, documents, or memoranda of any sort can be removed from the examination room. √ Chief examiners and proctors are instructed to answer questions about testing procedures only. They cannot respond to any inquiries regarding test content. √ Chief examiners may assign seats at the testing site at their own discretion. √ Visitors are not permitted in the examination roomIn Case of Emergency 5
  • 6. In the event of inclement weather or other emergency, the testing company, CASTLE, provides an emergencyphone number on the day of the test where you can secure information as to local conditions at the test site andas to whether or not the examination will be held. Please call 919-572-6880 for emergencies only. Neither theABCGN office nor CASTLE can provide directions or answer other questions on test day. If a test centersstatus is questionable due to severe weather or a natural disaster, the examination administration may becancelled. If you are unsure as to whether or not your test site is open, contact CASTLE at 919-572-6880.If You Have a ProblemThe ABCGN testing company, CASTLE Worldwide, contracts for test sites and proctors. Every attempt ismade to insure that test sites are convenient, comfortable, and conducive to testing and that proctors areknowledgeable and competent. Occasionally, minor problems may occur. Any candidate who experiences aproblem with the suitability of a test site or with the performance of a proctor should notify CASTLE in writingwithin 10 business days of the test date, with a copy to ABCGN, so that appropriate corrective action can betaken for the benefit of future candidates.Examination SecurityAny candidate determined by the chief examiner or proctors to be giving or receiving assistance of any kindduring the examination will be required to turn in his/her test materials immediately and will be escorted fromthe examining room. The candidates answer sheet will not be scored and the incident will be reported to theABCGN. Any candidate who removes or attempts to remove test materials from the test site will be prosecutedby the ABCGN to the full extent of the law.Examination ScoringABCGN examinations are electronically scored by the testing company. For this reason, it is critical that youcomplete your answer sheet according to the instructions provided by the chief examiner at the test site. Youmust use a No. 2 pencil. Please bring two No. 2 pencils with erasers to the exam with you. Pencils will not beavailable at the site.When Can You Expect Results?CASTLE will mail examination results to you within five (5) weeks following the test administration. Thescore report will be mailed to the address provided on your completed examination application. If you do notreceive a score report within six (6) weeks after the date of the examination, please call CASTLE at 919-572-6880 to verify your address and to request a duplicate report. For a duplicate score report at any other timethere is a fee of $15.00Test ScoresA scale score of 450 is required to pass.Scale ScoringA scale score is a mathematical conversion of the raw score, expressed in such a way that the range of scores isfrom 200-800 with a mean of 500 and a standard deviation of 100. The ABCGN uses a scale score so that it canpublish a passing point score. The raw score passing point differs from one version of the test to another and,therefore, can not be published until the specific version of the test to be administered has been completed andthe passing point determined. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and other well-known standardized tests alsoexpress results as scale scores for the same reason.Exam Versions 6
  • 7. For reasons of test security, each time the test is offered, a different version is administered. These versions aremade up of questions, randomly selected from an approved question bank by computer according to the contentspecified in the test plan. While the general content and the proportion of items on one subject or another isalways the same, one version of the examination may be slightly more or less difficult depending upon thespecific questions included. The raw score passing point for the examination is set by a detailed review of thecurrent version of the test using accepted psychometric methods. It may differ by a few points from version toversion. The scale score passing point, however, is always the same.Score ReportYour individual score report will contain your total score and sub-scores for comparison with those of thecandidate population. These sub-scores are derived separately from the total scale score because of differencesin the number of items from each practice domain included in the test specification. For this reason, the sub-scores do not add up to or average out to the total scale score.Role FeedbackA Role Feedback can be purchased by writing to the ABCGN Testing Office c/o CASTLE. The Role Feedbackis a raw score report which details your performance by the tasks represented on the test blueprint. If you donot pass the examination, this report will give you additional information about the areas where you may needmore work or study. The fee for this report is $45.00 and can be purchased through: CASTLE Worldwide, Inc. 900 Perimeter Park Drive Suite G Morrisville, NC 27560 919-572-6880 919-361-2426 (fax)FeesThe entire certification exam fee is due in U.S. dollars and must accompany the completed application. Currentcertification fees are $300 (SGNA members) and $385 (non-SGNA members). Applications received after thepostmarked filing deadline, but before the late filing deadline, must include an additional $50.00 late fee.Applications received less than thirty days before the exam must include an additional $100.00 late fee and aresubject to availability of admission positions. Incomplete applications will be returned to candidates forcorrection and resubmission. A $20.00 reprocessing fee will be imposed for all incomplete applicationsreturned to candidates and resubmitted. The examination fee for the ABCGN certification programincludes a $90.00 application processing fee which will not, under any circumstances, be refunded.Should your application be denied, you will receive a refund for the examination fee; however, thenonrefundable processing fee will be retained.Add fee schedule for on-line testingRefund PolicyABCGN application fees are non-cancelable and non-transferable. • Rollover Option: If you do not take the examination for any reason, you have the option to apply your application fees to one of the next two test administrations by submitting a new application and paying a reapplication fee of $50.00. If you do not show up for testing, you will automatically receive a letter offering this “rollover” option. 7
  • 8. • Refund Amounts: If you register but fail to sit for a scheduled examination, you may receive a partial refund. If you notify the ABCGN in writing at least one (1) week prior to your test date, you are entitled to a refund of $50.00. No-show candidates who notify the ABCGN within 20 days after the test date are entitled to a refund of $20.00 • Requests for refunds must be submitted in writing. No exceptions to this policy will be made. • This Refund Policy is subject to change without prior notice. • Persons who withdraw their applications or do not receive a passing score on the examination must repeat the certification process again in its entirety. The certification process, including examination, may be repeated as often as necessary. However, a new application must be submitted each time and the appropriate fee must accompany an application each time it is submitted.Hand ScoringIf a candidate believes there is an error in scoring, he or she may submit a written request for hand scoring.Cost for hand scoring is $25.00 made payable to CASTLE.Exam ChallengeA candidate who fails to achieve a passing score may challenge any one or more items on the examination bysending a formal letter of challenge within thirty (30) days of the mailing date of the score report. The lettershould include the candidate’s name, mailing address, work and home telephone numbers, testing site, andspecific reason for challenge, as well as a copy of the failing score notification. It should be sent via certifiedmail, return receipt requested, to: ABCGN Headquarters 401 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611-4267Contact the ABCGN at 800-245-7462 option 3 or info@abcgn.org for the full policy and procedures of examchallenges.Review and AppealA review process and an appeal procedure are available for candidates whose applications have been rejected orfor those whose certifications have been revoked. Contact the ABCGN at 800-245-7462 option 3 orinfo@abcgn.org for the full policy and procedures of reviews and appeals.Revocation of CertificationThe ABCGN has the right to revoke any certificate that it has issued in the event that the recipient engages inpast or current conduct found to be not in compliance with the program’s procedures or professional standards.An individual whose certification is revoked may no longer claim to be certified or use the certificationdesignation. He or she must return his or her certificate and pin.Gastroenterology certification may be revoked for any of the following reasons:1. Falsification of the certification or recertification application.2. Falsification of any information requested by the ABCGN.3. Failure to maintain eligibility requirements.4. Failure to pay fees.5. Misrepresentation of SGNA status.6. Conviction of a felony.7. Cheating on the examination. 8
  • 9. Non-DiscriminationThe ABCGN does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, political or religiousbeliefs, disability, or national origin.Confidentiality PolicyThe ABCGN respects the privacy of all applicants. All materials submitted with applications, any action takenon applications and individual performances on the examination will be held in confidence except as requiredby law. The ABCGN, however, has an obligation to the public. Therefore it responds to questions fromemployers, payers and others regarding whether or not an individual is certified. Additionally since publishingand releasing the names of certified nurses and/or successful candidates recognizes those individuals andencourages certification, the ABCGN reserves the right, without limitation, to release the names of certifiedindividuals or successful candidates. Application for certification through this program constitutesacknowledgment and acceptance of the ABCGN policy with regard to publication and release of names.InquiriesIf you have any questions concerning the procedures outlined in this handbook for ABCGN certification, pleasewrite to: ABCGN 401 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611-4267 1-800-245-SGNA, Option 3 312-673-6723 (fax) E-mail: info@abcgn.orgDisclaimerThe Candidate understands that:It is not the intent of the American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses and its membersindividually to qualify or permit any certified RN to perform any procedure or render any treatment that ispermitted only by professional licensure or state law as set forth by state licensing authorities. This examinationdoes not warrant to fulfill any continuing education requirements as may be necessitated by any state orinstitution. This examination is not offered to be used as a qualification for promotion or employment. TheABCGN and its members individually do not guarantee that the candidate achieving a passing score has thetechnical abilities associated with the areas tested. The ABCGN reserves the right, without limitation, to releasethe names of certified individuals and/or successful candidates and to respond to inquiries regarding thecertification status of individuals. The examination is given for individuals and is not offered at the request ofany teaching facility, hospital, or institution 9
  • 10. Appendix AABCGN RN Test BlueprintABCGN Practice Domains RN 1. General Nursing Care 18% 2. Gastroenterological Procedures 47.3% 3. Patient Care Interventions 22% 4. Professional Standards and Responsibilities 12.7%Appendix BRN Role Delineation BlueprintDomain I.General Nursing Care within the GI Registered Nursing Specialty (18% - 27 items)TASKS:1. Assist in assessing the client through data collection in order to determine the clients status.2. Monitor the clients ongoing health status by observing changes in the clients condition in order to evaluatealterations in the clients level of wellness.3. Collaborate with the client through listening and communicating effectively in order to contribute to arelevant plan of care.4. Educate the client by providing appropriate information for the clients level of knowledge andcomprehension in order to promote optimal health.5. Facilitate support for the client by multidisciplinary collaboration in order to provide holistic care.6. Provide culturally relevant care by recognizing diversity in order to offer services that are sensitive to theuniqueness of the client.Domain II.Gastroenterological Procedures within the GI Registered Nursing Specialty (47.3 - 71 items)TASKS:1. Support the physician during endoscopic procedures by team collaboration in order to accomplish proceduresin a safe and effective manner.2. Support the physician during non-endoscopic procedures by team collaboration in order to accomplishprocedures in a safe and effective manner.3. Perform non-endoscopic procedures consistent with established practice in order to promote optimal patientoutcomes. 10
  • 11. Domain III.Patient Care Interventions within the GI Registered Nursing Specialty (22% - 33 items)TASKS:1. Prevent emergencies by recognizing pertinent changes in the clients health status in order to avoidcomplications.2. Intervene in emergencies by prioritizing and delivering appropriate care in order to minimize negativeoutcomes.3. Assist the client in managing discomfort through interventions in order to promote well-being.4. Administer medications and fluids consistent with established practices in order to provide safe and effectivecare.Domain IV.Professional Standards and Responsibilities within the GI Registered Nursing Specialty (12.7% - 19items)TASKS:1. Adhere to established professional codes of ethics and standards of practice in order to advocate for the bestinterests of the client and the gastroenterology nursing specialty.2. Comply with regulatory agency requirements and the standards set forth by professional organizations inorder to ensure consistency of care.3. Provide a safe environment by maintaining equipment and complying with infection control standards inorder to prevent negative outcomes.4. Document relevant aspects of practice in order to provide information for future reference.5. Utilize research by applying credible scientific findings in order to guide nursing practice.6. Continue professional development through education, evaluation, supervision, and consultation in order tomaintain competence and enhance professional effectiveness.Appendix CSample Questions 1-14The following questions are examples of the type of multiple-choice items that appear on the ABCGNexaminations. They do not reflect levels of difficulty or full range of content of the actual ABCGNexaminations. Answers to these questions are at the end of the handbook.Sample RN Questions1.The most common complication of small bowel diverticula is: 1. Bleeding 2. Perforation 3. Obstruction 4. Malabsorption2. In a research study, those subjects who do not receive the experimental treatment and whose performanceprovides a baseline against which the effects of the treatment can be measured are called the: 1. Comparison group 2. Probability sample 3. Experimental group 4. Control group 11
  • 12. 3. With which one of the following should a physical examination always begin? 1. Auscultation 2. Inspection 3. Palpation 4. Percussion4. In the assessment of a patient with abdominal distention, which of the following signs or symptoms wouldbest indicate the possibility of an emergency? 1. Generalized distention with a soft flabby abdomen 2. Abdominal rigidity and abnormal or absent bowel sounds 3. Alteration in vital signs 4. Abdominal pain5. How do negligence and malpractice differ? 1. Malpractice is a legal problem subject to a court of law, but negligence is a discipline problem subject to the hospital administration. 2. Negligence is the omission of an act that a reasonable prudent person would perform, and malpractice is professional misconduct or lack of skill. 3. Negligence suits are tried in civil court, but malpractice suits are tried in criminal court. 4. Negligence applies to nurses and malpractice applies to physicians.6. In adults, which of the following muscles is the recommended injection site for the hepatitis B vaccine(Recombivax HB)? 1. Vastus lateralis 2. Gluteus 3. Biceps 4. Deltoid7. Which of the following would be contraindicated in the treatment of pancreatitis? 1. Opiates 2. Narcotics 3. Antibiotics 4. Anticholinergics8. To help prevent anaphylaxis from occurring, the GI professional should: 1. Check the patients serum IgE levels. 2. Maintain a patent intravenous route. 3. Not administer a drug that the patient has not received before. 4. Always ask about allergies when taking the patients history.9. Which of the following statements best describes the action of cimetidine (Tagamet®)? 1. It inhibits basal acid secretion. 2. It inhibits secretion of cholecystokinin. 3. It inhibits secretion of histamine. 4. It improves muscle tone at the esophagogastric junction.10. Each of the following is an adverse effect of anticholinergic drugs except: 1. Headache. 12
  • 13. 2. bradycardia. 3. Dry mouth. 4. Urinary retention.11. During endoscopy, sincalide (Kinevac®) is given for all of the following purposes except to: 1. Contract the gallbladder. 2. Facilitate sphincter of Oddi manometry. 3. Obtain duodenal fluid for analysis of bile. 4. Stimulate the pancreas.12. Which of the following is not an indication for biliary endoprosthesis? 1. Biliary duct stenosis 2. Carcinoma of the pancreatic duct 3. Terminal bile duct obstruction 4. Common bile duct stone13. In the diagnosis of upper digestive tract diseases, endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) is useful fordetermining the: 1. Degree of ulcer formation. 2. Degree of variceal hemorrhage. 3. Depth of ulcer erosion. 4. Depth of cancer invasion.14. Which of the following is the first step in the research process? 1. Developing a theoretical framework 2. Reviewing the literature 3. Formulating the hypothesis 4. Defining the questions preciselyAnswers to Sample Examination Questions1. ____ 1 6. _____4 11. _____22. ____4 7. _____1 12. _____43. ____2 8. _____4 13. _____44. ____2 9. _____3 14. _____45. ____2 10. ____2 13
  • 14. Appendix D ABCGN Core Reference LibraryGENERAL NURSING CARE: DOMAIN 1Medical Surgical Nursing Texts;Lewis, Sharon L. et al Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems 7th Ed. Volume 1and 2 St. Louis: Mosby, Inc 2007Pagana, Kathleen et al, Diagnostic testing and Nursing Implications: a Cast Study Approach 5 th editions St. Louis: MosbyInc 1999?Anatomy/PhysiologyFeldman, Sleisenger et al, Sleisenger and Fordtrans’s Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease:Pathophysiology/Diagnosis andManagement Volume 1 and 2 Elsevier Science, 2002HepatologyZakim D. Boyer: Hepatology, A Textbook of Liver Disease, 5th Edition WB Saunders, Philadelphia, 2003PharmacologyPhysicians Desk Reference – 2007Nursing 2006 Drug Handbook (26th Edition)Kost, Michael, Moderate Sedation/Analgesia: Core Competencies for Practice 2nd Edition, Elsevier inc. 2004GASTROENTEROLOGICAL PROCEDURES: DOMAIN 11Endoscopic Procedures:SGNA Core Curriculum, Gastroenterology Nursing: A Core Curriculum, 3rd Ed. 2003SGNA Procedure ManualCotton, Peter et al, Practical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: The Fundamentals 5th Ed. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2003Manometry:Castel, D., Diederich,L & Castell,L Esophageal Motility and pH testing Technique and Interpretation 3rd Edition, 2000Sandhill Scientific, Inc 14
  • 15. PATIENT CARE INTERVENTIONS: DOMAIN III *Refer to reference for Domain I and Domain IIPROFESSIONAL STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS: DOMAIN IVPolit, Denise F. & Beck, Cheryl Tatano, Nursing Research: Principles and Methods 7th Edition, 2004 Lippincott Williams& Wilkins.JCAHO Text - Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Ambulatory Care, 2005-2006JCAHO Text – Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals 2005-2006JCAHO Text – Anesthesia and Sedation 2001CDC/ HIPPA– http://www.cdc.gov and http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa/Hall, Jackhal, Law & Ethics for Clinicians, JackhalBooks, 2002 –Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates. Chicago. SGNA GuidelinesSociety of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates. Chicago. SGNA Position Statements 15