Nonsurgical Pain Management (NSPM) Subspecialty Credential
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The NSPM subspecialty
certification examination will consist of 150 scored multiple choice questions
and 2-3 clinical scenario items. The total time allowed for the examination
will be 240 minutes, or four hours. The NSPM certification examination will not
be computer adaptive. The passing standard must be met in order to be
credentialed in the NSPM subspecialty.
Clinical scenario items (CSIs) are test
questions that use clinical scenarios to assess the decision making
capabilities of the examinee. The examinee is presented with a base clinical
patient scenario and multiple possible actions to manage the patient. Through
the course of the examinee’s selections, additional information regarding the
patient is provided. These CSIs add value to the examination experience by replicating
a patient and nurse anesthetist’s interactions.
The NSPM subspecialty examination will
assess a nurse anesthetist’s knowledge of needle placement in three anatomical
approaches (i.e., midline, lateral, peripheral) and four anatomical regions
(i.e., cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral), as well as assess knowledge
related to the NSPM certification examination content outline. The NSPM certification examination content domains are listed below.
Please open the above PDF file to view the entire NSPM certification examination content outline.
and Pathophysiology of Pain (13%)
/ Diagnosis / Integration / Referral (24%)
Pain Strategies (29%)
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