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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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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
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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 (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William A. Bell on June 8, 2010
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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 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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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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Good book but way more depth than you need for the actual CCRN book, in my opinion. The practice questions are helpful, but way more difficult than the exam. The cardiac practice test questions can be helpful. I watched the Laura Gasparis videos, studied a comprehensive 80 page review of systems I found online, and went through a CCRN practice question book online twice, relied on my experience with PA catheters and MICU patients and was able to pass the first time. Don't think you need to study before signing up for the test because you might put it off for years. Just sign up for the damn test so you can buckle down and make yourself study! Highly recommend buying a CCRN practice test questions book
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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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Great book. Easy to understand material. By far the best book of many that I used in prep for the CCRN. Passed with flying colors. I also used CCRN videos by Laura Gasparis for prep while driving etc. Winning combo. I still use this book years later as a reference. Looking forward to the 7th edition.
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I did notice there are quite a few anomalies in the cardiac section; the education will not match the examples or there will be typos that send you on a wild goose chase for the correct answer. Otherwise, helpful practice questions! Take my CCRN in 1.5 months, hope I pass!
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