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Nurse-Midwifery Comprehensive Review Sneak Peek

A guide for looking ahead to NM717

Getting a Jump Start on Reviewing


What should I do if I want to start my review before my NM717 term?


  1. Gather review materials: If you don't already have the Kelsey review book you should buy, borrow, or rent it. Gather notes, flashcards, and other materials that helped you earlier in the program. Gather the main textbooks you used, especially Varney’s Midwifery, Prenatal and Postnatal Care, Women’s Gynecologic Health, Buttaro’s Primary Care book, and Contraceptive Technology/Managing Contraception.
  2. Access and download the AMCB Candidate Handbook: Carefully review the content outline.
  3. Start with the content areas that are first in the review course: Begin your review with primary care and antepartum, because those are the first two content modules in NM717. Then go on to intrapartum, postpartum, newborn, and gynecology, if you have time.
  4. Tackle each content area using this process: In each domain area (e.g. antepartum care), proceed through each subtopic area (e.g. AFI/BPP) by using the following techniques
    1. KNOWLEDGE INVENTORY: Spend at least a few minutes conducting an inventory of your knowledge: What do I know about this topic? Has it always been one of those topics that I have a hard time with? What about it is confusing or hard to remember? (This is your time to finally master those areas that have always been puzzling!)
    2. SHOW WHAT YOU KNOW: Ask yourself: What, specifically, do you think that exam items about this topic would want you to show that you know? (Safety issues? Scope of practice issues? Pharmacology principles? Diagnostic reasoning steps? Normal vs. abnormal determination? Patient education?)
    3. RETRIEVAL PRACTICE: Quiz yourself by forcing yourself to retrieve information from your brain, rather than just re-reading or re-listening to others' words. Make lists from memory, diagram processes from memory, explain concepts to someone else from memory...then check what you retrieved against your book.
    4. TEACH SOMEONE: For just about every content topic, you should be able to teach it to someone else. Pretend that you're giving a short class to nursing students or to patients about the topic. Put everything in your own words and explain it so that a novice can understand it.
    5. MAKE CONNECTIONS: Just about everything you learn should connect to something else--pathophysiology concepts, hormone effects, clinical decisions, etc.  Make yourself think through what those connections are and how you can connect a specific concept to another bit of knowledge.
  5. Additional suggestions for primary care review: Because the AMCB candidate handbook doesn’t provide much detail about what you should know in the primary care domain, here are a few suggestions that might help in that area
    1. Think first within each system in terms of the top 5 or so conditions (most common and DON’T-MISS-IT diagnoses)
    2. Then in each of those conditions, quiz yourself on the basics of each part of the management process:
      • How would it present (subjective/objective)?
      • How would you diagnose it?
      • How would you treat it within your scope of practice?
      • What are the RED FLAG elements that would make it outside your scope of practice?
      • If there are medications involved in treating it, what are the big contraindications/cautions for using each med?
      • Don’t forget the health promotion part, especially immunizations and smoking cessation
  6. Take the practice quizzes in the Kelsey book: Make maximum use of the practice quizzes by pulling them apart. Don't just check whether you chose the right answer. Instead, ensure that you can give a concise and correct 1-2 sentence rationale for why every right answer is right and why every wrong answer is wrong. If there are any terms, medications, or conditions mentioned in any practice quiz question that you couldn't provide a short explanation about, look them up right then. For every medication you come across, ask yourself if there are any big contraindications, cautions, or black box warnings.