NVRN Exam Blueprint

Diagnosis, Treatment and Acute Nursing Management

65% of Exam; 130 Questions

  • Clinical Findings Suggestive of Stroke (25% of Content)
  • Neuroimaging Methods (10% of Content)
  • Reperfusion Treatment for Acute Ischemic Stroke (40% of Content)
  • Medical Management of Intracerebral Hemorrhagic (5% of Content)
  • Medical Management of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (10% of Content)
  • Intra‐Arterial and Surgical Treatment of Hemorrhagic Stroke (5% of Content)
  • Nursing Considerations in Mechanical Ventilation (2.5% of Content)
  • Nursing Considerations in Hemodynamic Monitoring (2.5% of Content)

Complication Avoidance

Complication Avoidance in Acute and Sub‐Acute Stroke Patients
10% of Exam; 20 Questions

  • Venous Thromboembolism (40% of Content)
  • Aspiration Pneumonia (40% of Content)
  • Mobility and Functional Status (10% of Content)
  • Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis (5% of Content)
  • Urinary Tract Infection (5% of Content)

Pathogenic Mechanism and Secondary Prevention

10% of Exam; 20 Questions

  • TOAST Classification for Ischemic Stroke (10% of Content)
  • Assessment and Management of Transient Ischemic Attack (5% of Content)
  • Medical Management of Extracranial Arterial Disease (5%)
  • Medical Management of Acute Stroke (80% of Content)
    1. Antiplatelet Agents
    2. Anticoagulation
    3. Statins
    4. Antihypertensive Agents
    5. Smoking Cessation Aids
    6. Glycemic Control

Stroke Pathophysiology

10% of Exam; 20 Questions

  • Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke Subtypes (20% of Content)
  • Stroke Epidemiologic Findings (20% of Content)
  • Risk Factors for Stroke (60% of Content)

Professional Practice Concepts

5% of Exam; 10 Questions

  • Quality Management of Emergency Stroke Care (50% of Content)
  • Evidence‐Based Nursing Care of Acute Stroke Patients (50% of Content)
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