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Digital Seminar

CCRN Certification Prep

Cyndi Zarbano, MSN-Ed, CCRN
13 Hours 17 Minutes
Audio and Video
Dec 01, 2016
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Gain the knowledge and confidence required to pass the CCRN certification exam the first time! This comprehensive critical care certification prep course covers all of the topic areas on the current CCRN® test blueprint including:

  • Essential Assessment Skills
  • Symptom Management by Body System
  • Pharmacologic and Non-pharmacologic Interventions
  • Professional and Ethical Issues in Critical Care Nursing
  • And Much More!

In addition to the latest information on critical care nursing, this course offers valuable test-taking strategies and practical tips that are certain to increase your confidence and aid in your quest for success on the CCRN® certification exam! You’ll also have 27/7 access to the Nurses Success Network, which includes a powerful challenge exam and other online resources to help you prepare for the exam. Achieve your dream of becoming a Certified Critical Care Nurse and make a difference in the lives of your patients.




* Credit Note - **

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing the on-line post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 13.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 13.0 self-study contact hours.

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Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 16.1 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 13.25 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Cyndi Zarbano, MSN-Ed, CCRN's Profile

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Clinical Review

Cyndi Zarbano, MSN-Ed, CCRN, practices at Mayo Clinic in MN as an ICU nurse. Through her 25 years of clinical practice, she has drawn expertise from a variety of intensive care/critical care roles. Her insights have been sought in legal cases for the past 12 years. Cyndi has been a requested presenter, speaking to diverse healthcare audiences throughout the country.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Cynthia Zarbano is the owner of Clinical Review Consultants and has employment relationships with Science 37 and Mayo Mankato. She receives a speaking honorarium, book, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Cynthia Zarbano has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Additional Info

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


Outline Day One:


Anatomy & Physiology Review

Auscultating Extra Heart Sounds

Cardiac Output

Angina & Myocardial Infarction

Congestive Heart Failure

Aortic Aneurysm: Dissection, Transection

Cardiac Trauma

Hypertensive Crisis

Conduction System Defects


Interventional Cardiology




Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic State (HHS)






Renal Failure

Dialysis and CRRT

Electrolyte Abnormalities & Interventions



GI Bleed

Hepatic Failure

Acute Pancreatitis

Small Bowel Obstruction

Bowel Infarction


Outline Day Two:


Life-Threatening Coagulopathies

Altered Immune System Concerns

Blood Product Administration



Ischemic & Hemorrhagic Stroke

Increased Intracranial Pressure Monitoring


Traumatic Brain Injury

Spinal Cord Injury



Respiration vs. Ventilation

Acute Respiratory Failure

Mechanical Ventilation




Pulmonary Embolus


Chest Trauma




SIRS & Sepsis






Failure to Thrive

Chemical Dependency




  1. Identify critical anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of each system.
  2. Discuss significant assessment and diagnostic findings relevant to the critical care environment.
  3. Discuss clinical presentation, as well as specific patient management, of commonly seen conditions in critical care.
  4. Compare and contrast diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar hyperglycemic syndrome.
  5. Evaluate nursing interventions for increased intracranial pressure.
  6. Compare and contrast septic, hypovolemic and cardiogenic shock.
  7. Describe the process of coagulopathy in DIC.
  8. Differentiate clinical symptoms of electrolyte disturbances.
  9. Explain the benefits of several treatment options for respiratory failure.
  10. Examine common endocrine dysfunctions in the critical care patient.
  11. Apply interventions for frequent sources of poisoning.
  12. Discuss and practice test-taking skills.
  13. Examine strategies for successful completion of the CCRN exam.
  14. Define professional and ethical nursing care using AACN definitions.

Target Audience

Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Advanced Practice Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses



Overall:      4.8

Total Reviews: 6


Jeff G

"Very thorough"

Nehikhare E

"The course increased my confidence as an ICU RN. Thank you!"


"Cindi is Great, had a course in person. She is super smart and engaging. I aspire to be more like her after 28 years as a nurse- In ED now, but past Critical Care. The certification is on my bucket list- I never took the cert. But, feel more prepared now. Thanks so much!"


"Excellent teacher!"


"I loved this course and feel like I learned so much. Cyndi was fantastic!!!"


"appreciate the helpful staff at PESI always!"

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