Critical Care Nursing Certification: Preparation, Review, and Practice Exams / Edition 6

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Overview

The best review available for Critical Care certification

A Doody's Core Title ESSENTIAL PURCHASE for 2011!

Critical Care Nursing Certification is a complete step-by-step guide that thoroughly covers everything you need to know to pass the examination administered by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

Presented in short, easy-to-read chapters, the book includes subject-specific practice exams, allowing you to target your study and quickly identify weak areas. In addition, the handy "Editor's Note" feature explains changes to the exam, highlights what's important, and alerts you to the number of questions you should expect on a given topic.

Everything you need to pass the Critical Care certification exam:

  • NEW! Companion CD-ROM containing two complete practice exams
  • NEW! A section on behavioral and psychological factors in critical care
  • NEW! Expanded neurology section
  • Valuable test-taking tips to help you perform your best on the exam
  • A practice exam at the end of each part of the book

Content that includes every topic you will see on the exam:

Cardiovascular; Pulmonary; Endocrine; Immunology and Hematology; Neurology; Gastroenterology; Renal; Multiorgan Problems; Synergy; Behavior

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Julie A. Stanik-Hutt, PhD, ACNP, CCNS (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This fifth edition of this Critical Care Nursing Certification (CCRN) preparation text replaces the outdated version published in 1998. It follows a systems approach and major CCRN exam sections based on the published test blueprint.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist CCRN examination candidates increase their knowledge in areas of weakness while refreshing their memory of more familiar content. It is not an exhaustive review, but is a worthwhile resource for any critical care exam preparation. It serves its stated objective well.
Audience: The book is written at a level appropriate for registered nurses. Since it is only a short review, previous knowledge of the concepts is essential. The editors are published experts in critical care nursing and the contributors hold relevant advanced academic degrees and certifications.
Features: The book is divided into nine major sections based on a systems approach. Within each section short chapters review anatomy and physiology, diagnosis and treatment of system related problems, and common critical care issues. Each section ends with a practice test related to that system. The AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care is briefly reviewed for those not familiar with it. Two comprehensive, integrated practice exams, with correct answers (and references back to chapters where relevant content is found), are included.
Assessment: This updated version includes revised information on MODS, cardiovascular and pulmonary problems, and on mechanical ventilation. Surprisingly, information on solid organ transplantation appears to be out of date. Helpful hints are provided about what is new on the examination. For individuals who already have some background in critical care nursing, this would be another useful resource (in a very crowded field) for CCRN examination preparation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071667890
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/6/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 701
  • Sales rank: 237,947
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas S. Ahrens, DNS, RN, CS, FAAN

Research Scientist

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

St. Louis, MO

Donna Prentice, RN, APRN, BC, CCRN

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

St. Louis, MO

Ruth M. Kleinpell, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP, FCCM

Director, Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship

Rush University Medical Center

Professor

Rush University College of Nursing

Nurse Practitioner, Our Lady of the Resurrection

Medical Center

Chicago, IL

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Table of Contents

PART I. CARDIOVASCULAR
1.Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology
2.Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disorders
3.The Normal ECG
4.The 12-Lead ECG
5.Hemodynamic Monitoring
6.Acute Coronary Syndrome (Angina Pectoris and Myocardial Infarction)
7.Conduction Blocks
8.Congestive Heart Failure, Pulmonary Edema, and Hypertensive Crisis
9.Cardiogenic Shock
10.Hemorrhagic (Hypovolemic) Shock
11.Interpreting Dysrhythmias
12.Cardiomyopathies and Pericarditis
13.Treatment of Cardiac, Valvular, and Vascular Insufficiency, and Trauma
Cardiovascular Practice Exam
PART II. PULMONARY
14. Pulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
15. Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Disorders
16. Alternative Methods of Ventilatory Support
17. Acute Respiratory Dysfunction
18. Acute Pulmonary Embolism and Aspiration
19. Thoracic Trauma and Air Leak Syndromes
Pulmonary Practice Exam
PART III. ENDOCRINE
20. Introduction to the Endocrine System
21. Anatomy, Physiology, and Dysfunction of the Pituitary Gland
22. Anatomy, Physiology, and Dysfunction of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands
23. Anatomy, Physiology, and Dysfunction of the Pancreas
24. Anatomy, Physiology, and Dysfunction of the Adrenal Glands
Endocrine Practice Exam
PART IV. IMMUNOLOGY AND HEMATOLOGY
25. Physiology of the Immunologic and Hematologic Systems
26. Diagnosis and Treatment of Immunologic and Hematologic Problems
27. Hematologic and Immunologic Failure and Its Effects on Other Organ Systems
28. Organ Transplantation
29. Life-Threatening Coagulopathies
Immunology and Hematology Practice Exam
PART V. NEUROLOGY
30. Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System
31. Intracranial Pressure
32. Acute Head Injuries and Craniotomies
33. Stroke
34. The Vertebrae and Spinal Cord
35. Encephalopathies, Coma, and Brain Herniation
36. Meningitis, Guillain-Barré, Muscular Dystrophy,and Myasthenia Gravis
37. Seizures and Status Epilepticus
Neurology Practice Exam
PART VI. GASTROENTEROLOGY
38. Anatomy and Physiology of the Gastrointestinal System
39. Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage and Esophageal Varices
40. Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Hepatic Failure, and Acute Pancreatitis
41. Intestinal Infarction, Obstruction, Perforation, and Trauma
42. Management of the Patient with a Gastrointestinal Disturbance
Gastroenterology Practice Exam
PART VII. RENAL
43. Anatomy and Physiology of the Renal System
44. Renal Regulation of Electrolytes
45. Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Renal Failure
46. Renal Trauma
Renal Practice Exam
PART VIII. MULTIORGAN PROBLEMS
47. Sepsis and Multiorgan Syndrome
48. Toxic Emergencies
49. Airway Obstruction
50. Burns
Multisystem Organ Dysfunction Practice Exam
PART IX. SYNERGY
51. Professionalism and the Synergy Model
Synergy Practice Exam
Part X. PSYCHOLOGY
52. Behavior and Psychological Factors in Critical Care
Behavioral Practice Exam
On CD-ROM:
COMPREHENSIVE PRACTICE EXAM I
COMPREHENSIVE PRACTICE EXAM II

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  • Posted February 22, 2009

    good for all nurses

    This book is great even if you don't plan on taking the CCRN. Good reference for those times when you need a review or when you are just learning. I take mine to work all the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2007

    CCRN Preparation

    Ahrens has done outstanding work in compiling the most comprehensive CCRN preparation materials! After buying and studying more than 10 books, I discovered that this particular book could have saved me hundreds of bucks and months of preparation. I recommend this book to nursing colleagues working to become certified. Thanks to Mr. Ahrens, I passed the CCRN with flying colors. The book is arranged in narrative format that is easily readable with plenty of illustrations. 'Key information' and pearls of wisdom are conveyed in simple terms that anyone can understand. As a matter of fact, many CCRN questions were similar in structure and thinking. Hundreds of practice questions allow you to self-evaluate and learn the format of the exam itself. Comprehensive exams are included with each chapter, and there are several fully-comprehensive practice exams that are invaluable in allowing you to identify areas of weakness. Excellent format, thorough, easily-read, and accurate. The author's line of thinking is perfectly in sync with the test makers. This is without-a-doubt the best CCRN review on the market!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2007

    Weak cardiac section

    more than 35% of CCRN exam is on cardiac. Although several sections are devoted to cardiac related subjects, it was not helpful in real exam. Post-exam questions focuses too much on non-essential rhythms. Focus should be more on recognizing abnormal hemodynamic numbers and interventions. Also contras to the advertisement, the book DOES NOT come with CD-ROM at all which is unusual in this computer-era. Paper and pen post-exams following subjects were annoying and tedious. Hemotology section could use more graphic/illustration on fibrolytic process as this is often complicated. More practice questions would be helpful in synergy section as it is 20% of CCRN test.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2011

    I do not recommend, frustrating

    This book has to be edited better. There are so many mistakes and contradictory questions in this book. There is one question that states "you see the following vital signs, what do you conclude"...there are no vital signs listed. Frustrating. This book has good information, but you are not sure what is correct information and false information. Save your money.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    Would highly recommend

    While is may be slightly on the expensive side, it is well worth the money. Covers all topics sufficiently for understandability.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

    This is the ONLY reference book I used for my CCRN certification

    This is the ONLY reference book I used for my CCRN certification and I passed it on my first try.  I have been a been doing bedside nursing since 2004 and besides the annual required CEUs, i have not really polished my nursing theories.  So I knew I had to start all over to review for the CCRN test and this book delivered!,

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