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Critical Care Nurse Certification:  CCRN Exam Prep Course

Pass the Critical Care Certification Exam...The First Time

Elizabeth, a nurse from Chicago, wanted to become a Certified Critical Care Nurse but despite her dedication and best efforts she failed the CCRN exam.

Then her facility presented her with an ultimatum — pass the exam or be terminated.

Adding more anxiety to an already stressful situation, Elizabeth found herself paralyzed by the fear of failure…a feeling MANY critical care nurses can relate to when working towards their CCRN certification.

Prepare correctly and you’ll pass your exam and earn your CCRN…which opens new career opportunities, qualifies you for better raises and promotions, and makes you stand out as the critical care expert on your unit.

On the flip side… if you don’t prepare enough, you could suffer from the embarrassment of failing the exam, as well as wasting your precious time and resources. Worse yet… maybe your own position depends on passing and earning these important credentials!

That’s a lot of pressure from one test! So, how can you make sure you’re setting yourself up for success from square one?

With the Critical Care Nurse Certification: CCRN Exam Prep Course.

This all-inclusive online training covers EVERYTHING you’ll see on the CCRN exam and includes access to an online practice test — which you can take again and again, until you’re absolutely prepared to pass with flying colors!

Let expert certification coach Cyndi Zarbano, MSN, BSN, CCRN, CEN, PCCN, CLNC, transform your critical thinking skills and make you the go-to nurse on the unit.

Easily earn your CCRN certification with help from this self-paced training and:

  • Prove to patients and your employer that you have specialty expertise
  • Position yourself for better raises and future promotions
  • Feel more confident mentoring others
  • Advance your critical care assessment and intervention skills
  • Much, much more!

At least, that’s what Elizabeth did, as she passed the exam on her very next attempt! She was able to keep her job and now recommends this training to all her colleagues.

If it worked for Elizabeth it can work for you! Stop stressing and start effectively preparing for your future as a Certified Critical Care Nurse.

Program Information


  1. Analyze complications of severe liver dysfunction and the pathophysiology that leads to their occurrence.

  2. Evaluate signs of peritoneal irritation for optimal intervention.

  3. Appraise radiographic clues that signify emergent findings.

  4. Analyze complex GI surgeries and potential patient complications.

  5. Differentiate DIC and HIT and how each is treated.

  6. Determine signals of HELLP syndrome and initial interventions.

  7. Categorize blood products and when each is utilized.

  8. Distinguish hemodynamic changes with different categories of shock.

  9. Analyze the significance of an elevated lactate.

  10. Differentiate the steps involved in the progression from SIRS to MODS.

  11. Extrapolate the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines.

  12. Categorize the reversal agents and interventions for drug overdose.

  13. Demonstrate an understanding of specific drug overdoses and impact systemically.

  14. Differentiate diabetes from syndrome of inappropriate anti-diuretic hormone.

  15. Plan for a patient’s stage of chronic kidney disease using the glomerular filtration rate.

  16. Distinguish clues to life-threatening electrolyte abnormalities and how each is treated.

  17. Investigate a ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), as compared to non-ST elevation.

  18. Determine clues to a patient having a low cardiac output.

  19. Differentiate heart blocks and interventions for each.

  20. Plan to use a quick tool to interpret ABG’s.

  21. Demonstrate ability to determine an appropriate tidal volume for vented patients.

  22. Calculate the cerebral perfusion pressure.

  23. Categorize preventable and unpreventable risk factors for cerebral vascular accidents.

  24. Assess the criteria for receiving thrombolytic therapy in CVA’s.



  • Spectrum of coronary ischemia
  • Heart cath
  • Peripheral vascular insufficiency
  • Heart failure
    • Pulmonary edema
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Cardiac surgeries
  • Arrythmia’s and conduction abnormalities
  • Hypertensive crisis
  • Cardiogenic shock
    • Swan Ganz
    • Intra-aortic Balloon Pump
  • Structural defects
    • Acquired and congenital
    • Valve dysfunction 
  • Pericarditis and tamponade
  • Aortic anomalies
  • Cardiac trauma


  • ABG analysis: acid base imbalance
  • Acute pulmonary emboli
  • ARDS
  • Pneumonia’s
  • Status asthmaticus
  • Chronic conditions
  • Ventilator “must knows”
  • Pleural space abnormalities
  • Thoracic trauma
  • Respiratory failure
  • Thoracic surgeries


  • Acute GI hemorrhage
  • Bowel infarction, obstruction, perforation
  • GI surgeries
  • Abdominal compartment syndrome
  • Trauma


  • Diabetes mellitus, 1 and 2
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hyperglycemic states
    • DKA
    • HHS
  • Diabetes insipidus
  • Syndrome of Inappropriate ADH


  • Anemia
  • Coagulopathies
    • DIC
    • HIT
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Leukopenia
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Blood products
  • Transfusion reactions
    • TRALI


  • Kellie Monroe Doctrine
  • Increased intercranial pressures
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Closed head injuries and neurosurgeries
    • Concussion
    • Basilar skull fracture
    • Subdural hematoma
    • Epidermal hematoma
  • Neurological infection diseases
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Spinal cord injuries
    • Autonomic dysreflexia
    • Central cord syndrome
  • Seizures
  • Stroke/TIA
  • Brain tumors
  • Dementia


  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Acute kidney injury
  • Infections
  • Life-threatening electrolyte imbalances
    • Potassium 
    • Calcium
    • Sodium
    • Magnesium
    • Phosphorous


  • Rhabdomyolysis


  • Shock
    • Distributive
    • Hypovolemic
    • Cardiogenic
    • Obstructive
  • Poisonings
  • SIRS, sepsis, septic shock, multiple organ dysfunction syndrome


  • Dementia
  • Abuse and neglect
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Suicidal ideation/gestures

Professional Caring and Ethics:

  • Synergy Model
  • Advocacy
  • Caring Practice
  • Response to diversity
  • Collaboration
  • Systems thinking
  • Clinical Inquiry

Test Prep Tips


Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists

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Module 4 | Test Prep Tips + Professional Caring and Ethics

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6 Easy Steps to ABG Analysis

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Advanced Hemodynamics Principles of Monitoring

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Cardiac Rhythm Review

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Complex ABG Cases

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Critical Care Skills Every Nurse Must Know

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Delirium Dementia Delusion

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End of Life Care in the ICU

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Fluids and Electrolytes Made Easy

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How to Manage the Neuro Patient

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Mastering Central Line Care

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Mechanical Ventilation

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Rhythm Strip Interpretation

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