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The NCSBN Website NCLEX-RN Test Plan defines the  Physiological Integrity section as:

" The nurse promotes physical health and wellness by providing care and comfort, reducing client risk potential and managing health alterations" (NCSBN, 2019, p.26). 

According to the NCSBN website the following are topics included in the section of this exam (NCSBN, 2019, p.26-41):

  • Basic Care and Comfort - providing comfort and assistance in the performance of activities of daily living.
    • Related content includes but is not limited to:
      • Assistive Devices
      • Nutrition and Oral Hydration
      • Elimination
      • Personal Hygiene
      • Mobility/Immobility
      • Rest and Sleep
      • Non-Pharmacological Comfort Interventions
  • Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies - providing care related to the administration of medications and parenteral therapies.
    • Related content includes but is not limited to:
      • Adverse Effects/Contraindications/Side Effects/Interactions
      • Expected Actions/Outcomes
      • Medication Administration
      • Blood and Blood Products
      • Parenteral/Intravenous Therapies
      • Central Venous Access Devices
      • Pharmacological Pain Management
      • Dosage Calculation
      • Total Parenteral Nutrition
  • Reduction of Risk Potential - reducing the likelihood that clients will develop complications or health problems related to existing conditions, treatments or procedures.
    • Related content includes but is not limited to:
      • Changes/Abnormalities in Vital Signs
      • Diagnostic Tests
      • Potential for Complications from Surgical Procedures and Health Alterations
      • Laboratory Values
      • System Specific Assessments
      • Potential for Alterations in Body Systems
      • Therapeutic Procedures
      • Potential for Complications of Diagnostic Tests/Treatments/Procedures
  • Physiological Adaptation - managing and providing care for clients with acute, chronic or life threatening physical health conditions.
    • Related content includes but is not limited to:
      • Alterations in Body Systems
      • Medical Emergencies
      • Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalances
      • Pathophysiology
      • Hemodynamics
      • Unexpected Response to Therapies
      • Illness Management

Supplemental Review Materials

In addition to your required TEXTBOOKS and NCLEX Review books, please see these helpful resources below to help you review for this section. In addition please see our Library Catalog for a full list of books available to you at your campus library.

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