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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Judith A. Jennrich, RN, PhD, CCRN, CS (Loyola University Niehoff School of Nursing)
Description: This is a comprehensive review book for the critical care nurse studying for the Critical Care Certification Examination for Registered Nurses (CCRN). It is also a valuable reference for use after the examination.
Purpose: The purpose is to help the critical care nurse pass the CCRN examination. The general framework of the book is based on the outline of the CCRN examination as published by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). Within individual chapters, specific content areas are based on the material found in the Core Curriculum, also published by the AACN.
Audience: It is targeted for the experienced critical care nurse preparing for the CCRN examination as well as advanced practice nurses and nursing faculty preparing lectures on critical care topics.
Features: There are numerous charts, tables, and illustrations throughout the text that clarify important concepts or highlight key data. A handy appendix lists the drugs most commonly used in critical care nursing and summarizes their actions, indications, and nursing implications. There are two post-tests with questions similar in style and content to the actual CCRN test.
Assessment: This is a very useful review book that is organized by body systems for convenient study. Each chapter begins with a review of anatomy and physiology and then outlines the major disorders of the body system under discussion, including pertinent signs and symptoms, key laboratory values, diagnostic tests, and medical and nursing management with rationales.