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Critical Care Nursing Certification: Preparation, Review, and Practice Exams, Sixth Edition (Critical Care Certification (Ahrens)) Paperback – May 27, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0071667890 ISBN-10: 007166789X Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Series: Critical Care Certification (Ahrens)
  • Paperback: 701 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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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The book offers lots of questions, but does not reflect the test.
Happymom
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.
William A. Bell
This book explains in detail areas where I was weak or wanted deeper understanding.
S. Stott

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By William A. Bell on June 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Night Owl VINE VOICE on November 10, 2010
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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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Christopher D. Ackerman on February 26, 2011
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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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Stott on March 29, 2011
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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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Glinski on June 28, 2011
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I just took the CCRN exam and passed. I used three different resources for review: 1) Pass CCRN, 2) AACN Core Review, and 3) this book. And I would rank them in that order.

If I could do it all over again, I would not buy this book. This book was not conductive to my learning. I had a study group I worked with and when looking up material for the exam, I noticed that I couldn't even find some specific information I was being tested on.

The CD for questions that came with the exam was worthless. The exam questions just did not seem to be clear cut enough and I could not use the questions to learn from. No rationals. Just "read chapter 45." Hmm, thanks a lot. Also there are only two "practice exams." No other quiz options. And the practice exams are 200 questions, which the CCRN exam is only 150. Just did not make sense.

Overall, this book and CD were a disappointment. I tried to use it, but it was just a waste of my time and money. I plan on "donating" this book to another person who is prepping for the exam with the fair warning that it's not very helpful.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gerardo Reyes on June 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily on July 29, 2013
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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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