Certification Review Includes

  • PCCN/CCRN: Exam Introduction and Synergy

    1. The purpose of this course is to outline the content of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN's) test blueprint for the Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN)/Progressive Care Registered Nurse (PCCN) certification exams. After taking this course, you should be able to:
      Discuss the CCRN/PCCN exam requirements, structure, and components.
      Describe the process of higher-level thinking and successful test-taking strategies.
      Describe the Synergy Model as a process to help patients in critical care units.
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • PCCN/CCRN: Essentials of Hematology

    1. The purpose of this course is to enhance the ICU nurse's understanding of hematology and immunology topics that may be on the CCRN/PCCN exam. After taking this course, you should be able to:
      Describe blood components and their values
      Identify three types of anemia, their causes, and treatment
      List the clinical presentations and treatment for ITP, DIC, and HIT
      Compare and contrast innate and adaptive immunity
      Explain the clotting process
      List the causes, clinical presenation, and treatment for transfusion reactions
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • PCCN/CCRN: Essentials of Renal Care

    1. The purpose of this course is to enhance the nurses' understanding of renal care topics that may be on the CCRN/PCCN exam. After taking this course, you should be able to:
      Describe the basic functions and organs of the renal system
      List basic electrolytes and expected lab implications for acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD)
      Compare and contrast clinical symptoms and treatment for AKI and CKD
      Explain the treatment for kidney infections and urosepsis
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • PCCN/CCRN: Essentials of Neurological and Behavioral Health

    1. The purpose of this course is to review and update knowledge and competency needed for the care of the patient with alterations in neurological and psychosocial health. This course is designed to help prepare nurses for the CCRN/PCCN Certification Exam. After taking this course, you should be able to:
      Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the neurovascular system.
      Discuss the fundamentals of caring for patients with neurologic problems.
      Discuss the fundamentals of caring for patients with alterations in psychosocial health.
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • PCCN/CCRN: Essentials of Endocrinology

    1. The purpose of this course is to enhance the ICU nurse's understanding of endocrinology topics that will be on the CCRN/PCCN exam. After taking this course, you should be able to:
      Define adrenal insufficiency
      Describe the effect of antidiuretic hormone on the body
      List the clinical symptoms of too much or too little ADH
      Explain normal physiology of glucose metabolism
      Describe the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus
      Compare and contrast the clinical symptoms of blood sugar that is too high and too low
      Describe the clinical symptoms and treatment for hyper and hypothyroidism
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • PCCN/CCRN: Essentials of Gastroenterology

    1. The purpose of this course is to enhance the ICU nurse's understanding of gastroenterology topics that will be on the CCRN/PCCN exam. After taking this course, you should be able to:
      Identify common gastrointestinal (GI) conditions based on presenting symptomotology.
      Describe the pathophysiology of common GI abnormalities.
      Discuss treatment options utilized in the care of common GI abnormalities.
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • PCCN/CCRN: Essentials of Pulmonary Care

    1. The purpose of this course is to enhance the critical care nurse's understanding of pulmonary care and disorders seen in critical care units. After taking this course, you should be able to:
      Describe the basic components of ventilation and perfusion.
      Identify normal and abnormal pulmonary assessment parameters including arterial blood gases.
      Describe indications for and different modes of mechanical ventilation.
      Describe the clinical presentation and treatment for common respiratory disorders.
    2. Contact Hours: 2
  • PCCN/CCRN: Essentials of Cardiovascular Care

    1. The purpose of this course is to review and update the nurse's knowledge and competency for the care of a patient with cardiac and vascular disease. This course is designed to prepare the nurse for the CCRN/PCCN Certification Exam. After taking this course, you should be able to:
      Discuss the anatomy and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular system.
      Describe the components of the cardiovascular assessment.
      Discuss medical and nursing interventions commonly used in the management of the cardiovascular patient.
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • PCCN/CCRN: Electrolyte Review

    1. The Purpose of this module is to review essential serum electrolytes: their levels and function in critical care. At the completion of this module, the participant will be able to:

      • Name seven essential electrolytes and their effect on the body when at abnormal levels.
      • List the seven  accurate serum levels of these essential electrolytes.
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • PCCN/CCRN: Multisystem Organ Failure

    1. The goal of this module is to review physiology, pathophyysiology and treatment protocols for patients with cardiogenic shock, hypovolemic shock and vasogenic or distributive shock. At the completion of this module you will be able to:

      • List and describe five signs and symptoms of shock
      • Name the three types of shock and their implications on the humans body
      • List all the stages of shock and their clinical presentation
    2. Contact Hours: 1

Goal and Learning Outcomes

The goal of this course is to assist the learner in successfully passing the CCRN® and PCCN® national certification examinations. After studying the information presented, you will be able to discuss:
  • Serum electrolytes and their function in critical care nursing
  • Common gastrointestinal abnormalities and their treatment
  • Neurophysiological and neurological assessment of patients
  • The pathophysiology and treatment protocols for patients in cardiogenic, hypovolemic and vasogenic shock
 
After completing the course, you will be more prepared for the critical care nursing or progressive care nursing certification exams. This course is created by leading subject matter experts (SMEs) in the field and are based on the current exam content outlines published by the examining boards for each specialty.
 
Please note that Nurse.com does not administer nursing certifications. We specialize in online and live lecture review content that provides registered nurses the tools you need to pass your certification exams. We do however recommend that you utilize more than one resource when preparing for national certification examinations. Certification exams are taken following an application process through the appropriate organizations.

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