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Critical Care Nursing Certification: Preparation, Review, and Practice Exams, Sixth Edition (Critical Care Certification (Ahrens)) 6th Edition

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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
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Rush University College of Nursing
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Product Details

  • Series: Critical Care Certification (Ahrens)
  • Paperback: 701 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education / Medical; 6 edition (May 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007166789X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071667890
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just passed the CCRN exam, and of all the reference material I used to study with, this book (the 5th edition) was the best. It has enough content to comprehend the subjects that are tested, but not too detailed to be confusing or overwhelming. This should be your priority book for studying. There are a lot of practice questions that test your knowledge. They are more straight forward than the actual CCRN questions (which seem like advanced NCLEX type questions).
The 5th edition book will be a permanent book in my library and for review (or until I'm not cheap enough to buy this or future editions).
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I've got a little different take on this book - not from the viewpoint of experienced nurse, but from that of a novice. I just started working as an RN in a medical ICU in a large teaching hospital. This book has been really helpful to me for reviewing the basics of A&P and then applying that to what I see on the job. Many times after work I will come home and use this book to look up any subject-matter questions from my day.
I really like how the review is written in a non-outline format... the style is like what you would hear in a class, the way a teacher might say it.

Eventually I do plan on taking the CCRN exam, but this book is providing WAY more than exam prep to me at this point. It is like having a specialized preceptor there to elaborate on my weaker topics. My hospital uses identical procedures/protocol for treatments, so I can attest to the validity of the book as a reference.

Highly recommend.

Update 3/2012 - I took and passed the CCRN with 111/150. This book was useful in giving in-depth explanations of topics that were more lightly covered in other CCRN prep books. I will say that this book would only be a portion of what's needed for prep in addition to Pass CCRN (with CD) and Gasparis videos. Even afterwards, I still use this as a reference for some of the more obscure topics I come across at work.
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I bought this book based on two things. First, it had pretty good reviews. Second, it was the newest release I could find and I had heard that the CCRN had just changed. The book provided a decent overall review, but I feel that it was focused in the wrong direction. This was evident in what I think are outdated practice questions. There was a ton of scenario-based questions involving SG caths, and I would say that these overprepared me for the cardiac and pulmonary sections, but there was more knowledge-based non-scenario questions on other body systems than cardiac scenarios. All I can say is that I'm glad I re-read a couple of texts and had other study material. If I had relied soley on this, I don't think I would have passed (which I did). Save your money on this book and find a comprehensive review from a credible source from a live, online, or DVD-based source.
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I just passed the CCRN today with 113 correct answers. This book explains in detail areas where I was weak or wanted deeper understanding. This book will be a lifetime reference for me. Unfortunately, I bought the kindle version - don't do it. It doesn't include the CD which has more test questions. Buy the book instead. I can't see the diagrams on my computer and they are too small on my kindle. I also attended the 2 day CCRN course with Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio as well as used the AACN Certification and Core Review.
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Because this book is pricey, I decided to go to my local Barnes and Noble three times a week and review over there. This book was so good that after a month of reviewing in the bookstore, I decided to purchase it and I was not disappointed. This is the only review book that I used and I took the CCRN last May 2011 and I passed with excellent grades (they give you an itemized score report immediately after the test) and since this is the only book I reviewed, I give it full credit. The practice questions pretty matched what the actual test had. And this is a good reference book as well when you're nursing bedside.
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This was my primary resource for studying for the CCRN, and I passed my exam on the first attempt. I would recommend using another book to supplement studying that has explanations and rationales for correct answers on questions. Other books have more recent (2013) editions. This didn't seem to effect my ability to pass the exam.
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By Bill on November 10, 2011
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The book review isn't too bad in its presentation of material, other than the rather large amount of "this won't be on CCRN, but we are putting it in here anyway..." Getting to the questions has been a nightmare though. I've taken both of the 200 question tests on the CD and noticed there was zero editing. Some of the questions are partially written, where an answer, or part of the question, will literally say "with a respiratory rate of " and not give the value, other questions are just plain wrong, some of which contradict what is in the book, others advocate interventions you would never see clinically or are just obviously incorrect. (Author might need to retake ACLS, if you find someone pulseless, you start CPR first, THEN you shock. When is atropine, an anticholinergic, EVER given to help GI motility? When the hell would you ever give TPA for a non-symptomatic PE instead of starting a Heparin drip? If you want to RAPIDLY lower ICP, hyperventilation is going to work as a short term solution just a tad quicker than mannitol. So on and so forth...) Its like they outsourced the CD development to a customer service agency in India or something, I found myself laughing through alot of the answers as I reviewed it. The material in the book is alright, but without decent questions to test one's self with and learn from, its hard to know where the blind spots are and if you can actually trust what's in the tests. In retrospect, I definitely would NOT have bought this book!
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