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Health Differences Across the Life Span 3


  • Premier Product - Online access for this course is 30 weeks. After you purchase a Premier course, you will receive your online ID and password via email within two business days.
  • Academic Support (Available for Premier Product Only) - If you purchase the additional Academic Support for this course you will receive 30 weeks of support.

Health Differences Across the Life Span 3 tests the concepts and principles related to the application of the nursing roles as provider and manager of care and member of profession when applying the nursing process to care for patients across the life span who are experiencing health differences related to musculoskeletal disorders, infectious and communicable diseases, tissue trauma, and neurological dysfunction. Critical thinking skills, evidence-based nursing care, and standards for nursing practice, as well as ethical, legal, and regulatory concerns specific to these patients are addressed.

On the exam, you will be expected to demonstrate the ability to do the following:

  • Apply nursing process with patients across the life span who are experiencing health deviations related to musculoskeletal disorders, infectious and communicable diseases, tissue trauma, and neurological dysfunction
  • Incorporate knowledge from theoretical frameworks using principles, concepts, and theories from the natural, social, and nursing sciences to choose among alternative solutions to make clinical decisions when caring for these patients
  • Use therapeutic communication when interacting with these patients
  • Demonstrate caring and cultural sensitivity when interacting with these patients
  • Apply concepts from interpreted research to improve effectiveness of nursing care
  • Implement the roles of provider and manager of care and member of profession

The examination consists of approximately 160 four-option multiple-choice questions, and you will have three (3) hours to complete the exam. If you are testing at Pearson Professional Centers, your exam will be delivered by computer. You will enter your answers on the computer using either the keyboard or the mouse. The system used for the computer-delivered test is designed to be as user-friendly as possible, even for those with little or no computer experience. Instructions provided on-screen are similar to those you would receive in a paper examination booklet.

For those who wish to do further reading, you may want to consider the following textbooks:
  • Phipps’ Medical-Surgical Nursing: Health and Illness Perspectives by Frances Donovan Monahan, Judith K. Sands, Marianne Neighbors, Jane F. Marek, and Carol J. Green (Mosby, Inc.)
  • Mosby’s Guide to Nursing Diagnosis by Gail B. Ladwig and Betty J. Ackley (Mosby, Inc.)
  • Williams’ Essentials of Nutrition & Diet Therapy by Eleanor D. Schlenker and Sara Long (Mosby, Inc.)
  • Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing by Marilyn J. Hockenberry (Mosby, Inc.)
  • Pharmacology: A Nursing Process Approach by Joyce LeFever Kee, Evelyn T. Hayes, and Linda E. McCuistion (Mosby, Inc.)
  • Introduction to Community Based Nursing by Roberta Hunt (Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins)

(Taken with permission from “Excelsior College Examination Content Guide for Health Differences Across the Life Span 3,” Excelsior College Examinations.)

*Important - Please be sure to order the correct required textbook(s) for the type of product that you would like (Traditional, Advanced or Premier)


The required textbook(s) for the Advanced and Premier Course are listed below.

  • Phipps’ Medical-Surgical Nursing
      8th Mosby
        
    0323031978
  • Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing
      8th Mosby
        
    ISBN 9780323053532
  • Pharmacology
      6th Saunders
        
    ISBN 9781416046639
  • Mosby’s Guide to Nursing Diagnosis 
      4th Mosby
        
    ISBN 9780323089203

The required textbook(s) for the Traditional course are listed below.

  • Davis NCLEX-RN Success 2nd edition   
       by Lagerquist, Sally L. - F. A. Davis Company, 2006
        
    ISBN 9780-8036-1242-6
  • Medical - Surgical Nursing 7th edition   
       by Lewis, Sharon / Heitkemper, Margaret McLean / Dirksen, Shannon Ruff - Mosby, Inc., 2007
        
    ISBN 978-0-323-03690-0