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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Elizabeth Carlson, DNSc, RN (Rush University College of Nursing)
Description: This outline-format book, based upon the CCRN examination given by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), includes two posttests with answers and rationale to help nurses prepare for the examination. It is a second edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to help the experienced critical care nurse pass the CCRN examination.
Audience: This book is primarily aimed at experienced critical care nurses. However, others may also use it to review and update their knowledge of critical care practices.
Features: This book meets its objective in an adequate manner, but it would be helpful to provide more than two posttests and to provide a more in-depth rationale for the answers. The thirteen references selected are excellent references and would assist in examination preparation. No reference notations exist in the outlined content. The lack of footnotes referencing the source of material prevents the reader from directly accessing a source to learn more about the topic in question. The author does provide useful test-taking tips applicable to tests in general and the AACN's examination specifically.
Assessment: This book serves as a good adjunct to other CCRN test preparation books and offers the reader good practice material.