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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Meg Gulanick, PhD, RN (Loyola University Niehoff School of Nursing)
Description: This first edition critical care certification review book provides sample questions for and discussion of the eight body systems included in the CCRN examination: cardiovascular, respiratory, neurologic, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, hematologic, and immunologic.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a valuable study guide for critical care nursing content, especially in preparation for certification examination.
Audience: Targeted for critical care nurses seeking a resource for preparing for their certification examination, this book is also applicable to medical-surgical nurses and nursing students seeking information on patient problems commonly encountered in critical care settings.
Features: The content is clearly presented and organized by body systems. Each section contains multiple-choice questions with extensive explanations of the correct and incorrect answers. A second section provides a comprehensive review of all eight subject areas. Two brief appendixes are included on critical lab values and hemodynamic monitoring values.
Assessment: This critical care review book is a valuable resource for both practicing nurses and student nurses. The questions are clearly presented with only one correct answer. Rationales for the answer and the distractors are clearly discussed many patient scenarios are written in a case study method that facilitates critical thinking. The review questions are designed according to the CCRN examination blueprint, and reflect the exact percentages specified for each body system area. This resource is appropriate for individual, healthcare facility, or nursing education library purchase.