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Critical Care Nursing Certification: Preparation, Review, and Practice Exams, Sixth Edition (Critical Care Certification (Ahrens)) [Paperback]

by Thomas Ahrens, Donna Prentice, Ruth Kleinpell
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Book Description

May 6, 2010 007166789X 978-0071667890 6

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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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
Rush University College of Nursing
Nurse Practitioner, Our Lady of the Resurrection
Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Product Details

  • Series: Critical Care Certification (Ahrens)
  • Paperback: 701 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 6 edition (May 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007166789X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071667890
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CCRN book review June 8, 2010
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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Also for the new ICU nurse 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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WRONG Study Guide February 26, 2011
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Content 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended July 29, 2013
By Emily
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have book for CCRN March 7, 2012
By Laura
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This book was a great review for the CCRN. I took the test in December and out of all the study material I used this book prepared me to the T with easy to understand concepts and direct information that I needed to know. Definitely a must have for the test.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in the material 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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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrifying CD November 10, 2011
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Zzz...remind me why I want to certify?
The questions are not as difficult as the test. The anatomy and physiology sections are quite dry and hard to read (literally put me to sleep) Pathophys is better. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Liz
3.0 out of 5 stars I'd rather read Jared Diamond
This book lacked an easily identifiable system to gather or access facts. Mostly I was confused, and felt like I knew nothing at all.
Published 18 days ago by Nif
1.0 out of 5 stars innacurate and incorrect
I read this book cover to cover, used all the practice exams and used both the electronic exams that came on the DVD. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alexander J. Birch
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
Excellent book use it everyday while teaching and explaining critical care concepts to my students. Recommend this book to all students who want t o be a critical care nurse.
Published 5 months ago by loganlm1
4.0 out of 5 stars Rationale
To all the people that are put off by the lack of rationale, I would say that the CCRN exam is not about rationale. Read more
Published 5 months ago by CCG
2.0 out of 5 stars .
poor print job. I had to cut the top of the pages to turn them! Surely, a better printer could be found.
Published 10 months ago by Gayle Sheets
5.0 out of 5 stars Critical Care Nursing Certification
Great companion to my review class! Can't wait til I can take my certification test, I know I will be able to pass with this review book!
Published 11 months ago by Edith Hardin
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good experience
The book itself is okay as a critical care resource. But it isn't geared toward the CCRN specifically. It just has some good information to know as a critical care nurse. Read more
Published 11 months ago by CS7
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
This book arrived to me in perfect condition. It was clear & understandable in it's format. the CD ROM was a very nice addition. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rita
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference
This book is good to have for reference. I would not plan to use it as my only study guide, simply because there are no rationales for the questions.
Published 12 months ago by icu-murse
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