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Only a few days to go before the Nursing Board Exam and if you are going to take the nurse licensure examination this July, do not wrap up your review just yet.  There might be some topics, especially on Maternal and Child Health Nursing that you haven't covered yet.

Questions on maternal and child health nursing are commonly asked during the nursing board exam. So it will be prudent for you to cover it thoroughly if you want to up your chances of doing good in the exam this July.  Below is a list of topics that we have picked for you, so check if you have mastered or at least covered everything.
  • Phases of the Menstrual Cycle with emphasis on the definitions and characteristics of each phase
  • Presumptive, Probable, and Positive Signs of Pregnancy
  • Physiologic and Psychologic Changes During Pregnancy, take note of what happens per system and the different signs (Chadwick's, Goodell's, Hegar's)
  • Danger Signs of Pregnancy, including complications of pregnancy during the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimester like placenta previa, abortion, incompetent cervix,ectopic pregnancy, hydatidiform mole,abruptio placenta, PIH, eclampsia, preeclampsia
  • Stages of Fetal Development, including screening tests conducted to ensure and assess fetal well-being and fetal circulation
  • Nagele's Rule
  • Leopold's Maneuver
  • Labor and Delivery, including the signs of true/false labor, mechanisms of labor, stages of labor, 5 factors of Labor, complications of labor and delivery like dystocia, PROM, cord prolapse,
  • Puerperium and the postpartum period, with emphasis on the complications of the postpartum period
  • Newborn Care, including APGAR Scoring, Physical Assessment
  • Growth and Development, including theories and developmental Milestones
  • Immunization schedule
  • Genetic disorders
  • Interventions in cases of dehydration, diarrhea, vomiting, poisoning, accidents
  • Hydrocephalus, Cerebral Palsy, Reye's syndrome
  • Otitis Media
  • Rheumatic fever,Congenital Heart Disease
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia, Hemophilia, and Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Croup, Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Aspiration  of a Foreign Object
  • Cleft lip and Palate, Hirschsprung's Disease, Intussusception, and Appendicitis
  • Burns, Impetigo, Ringworm, Head lice, Scabies
  • Leukemia, Wilms' Tumor
  • Methods of Birth Control, including nursing interventions in fertility control
When answering questions on Maternal and Child Health Nursing in the July 2010 Nursing Board Exam, remember that the questions are designed to determine if you have the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to care for childbearing mothers and children.  Therefore, you need to remember that you don't only address your client's physiologic needs but also have to take into consideration the cultural, psychological, and developmental aspects of client care as well.

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