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From The CriticsReviewer: Janice J Hoffman, RN, PhD (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a comprehensive review for critical care nurses preparing for the Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) Examination. It includes an overview of the CCRN Exam, including strategies for preparation, followed by chapters organized by body systems.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the nurse preparing for Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) Exam the needed content, test-taking strategies, and practice questions to lead to exam success. The material is also relevant for any practicing critical care nurse as a clinical reference.
Audience: Although the book is written primarily for critical care nurses interested in pursuing certification, the content is up-to-date and includes relevant information for critical care nurses at the bedside. The contributors and consultants represent practicing critical care nurses in advanced practice roles (nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists), and academic settings.
Features: The book is organized into three major sections. The first presents an overview of the CCRN process as well as suggested test-taking and study strategies. The next section is a series of chapters devoted to the major body systems affected by critical illness. Each chapter provides an overview of anatomy and physiology, disease process, and medical and nursing management and ends with a series of practice questions. The practice questions are particularly valuable to the nurse preparing for the CCRN. Along with the answers, rationales are included for correct and incorrect choices. The appendixes are particularly helpful, and provide information about common drugs used in critical care, care of the bariatric patient, normal age-related changes, physiologic adaptation to pregnancy, crisis laboratory value, and JCAHO pain management strategies.
Assessment: This book is a well-organized resource. The combination of content and test questions with rationales makes this reference appealing to nurses preparing for the CCRN, as well as practicing nurses looking for the newest technologies and treatments for the critically ill patient.