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Digital Seminar

PCCN® Certification Exam Prep Package with Practice Test and NSN Access

Cyndi Zarbano, MSN-Ed, CCRN
12 Hours 30 Minutes
Audio and Video
May 27, 2016
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Are you unsure of how to study, and wonder if your current level of knowledge is sufficient to pass the examination? Attend this seminar and get everything you need to prepare to take the PCCN exam. As a Certified Progressive Care Nurse you will have: more confidence in your clinical assessment skills, fewer errors, better collaboration with the medical team and improved patient satisfaction with the care you provide.


Demonstrate your commitment to clinical expertise and professional development by joining expert Cyndi Zarbano, MSN, CCRN, PCCN, CMSRN, CLNC, NLCP, for this comprehensive 2-day course. In addition to a complete review of clinical and professional issues per the current exam blueprint, you will gain valuable test preparation and test-taking tips that are certain to aid your quest for success on the PCCN exam!


* 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 12.5 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 12.5 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 15.2 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 12.5 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

Professional Caring & Ethical Practices

  • Overview of the Synergy Model of Care
  • Family-Centered Care
  • Informatics for the Bed-side Nurse


  • Cardiovascular assessment
  • Hemodynamics
  • Pharmacology to enhance cardiac output
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Acute and chronic heart failure
  • Aortic aneurysm

Hematology & Immunology

  • Anaphylactic shock
  • DIC
  • Blood products for the coagulopathic patient
  • Caring for the immune-comprised patient


  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Syndrome


  • GI Bleeds
  • Pancreatitis
  • Intestinal ischemia and infarction
  • C. Diff
  • Nutrition planning for the acute and chronically ill adult patient


Outline: Day Two



  • Assessment and care of the brain-injured patient
  • Stroke
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Seizures
  • Bed-side assessment of dysphagia


  • Acute and chronic renal failure
  • Electrolyte disorders
  • Dialysis strategies


  • Pulmonary medication implications
  • Acute respiratory failure
  • Mechanical ventilation strategies
  • Pneumonia
  • ARDS
  • Care strategies for the thoracic surgery patient


  • Sepsis
  • Shock: cardiogenic, hypovolemic, septic
  • Hospital-acquired infections
  • Wound care

Behavioral & Psychosocial

  • Delirium, Depression & Dementia
  • Suicidal patients & precautions
  • Sleep & the hospitalized patient

Test-taking Strategies

  • Application process
  • Test blueprint review
  • Tips & Tools




  • Define the Synergy Model as it pertains to patients and their families, as well as patient care plans in Progressive Care.
  • Review cardiac, pulmonary, neurologic, renal, hematologic, immunologic, endocrine, multi-system and gastrointestinal assessment, physiology and pathophysiology.
  • Discuss drug dosage calculation, continuous medication infusion administration and patient monitoring for medication effects.
  • Discuss and review patient monitoring using standardized procedures.
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of cardiopulmonary emergencies and initiation of standardized interventions to stabilize the patient awaiting transfer to critical care.
  • Understand and assess the needs of the long-term mechanical ventilated patient as well as weaning techniques and procedures.
  • Evaluate the family's need for enhanced involvement in care to facilitate the transition from hospital to home.
  • Learn educational components necessary to help patient succeed related to diet, exercise, and medications.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of life threatening electrolyte abnormalities and rapid interventions.
  • Analyze the interpretation of commonly ordered labs.
  • Identify legal and ethical implications of professional nursing issues and concerns.
  • Apply treatment modalities and nursing interventions to include outcomes and evaluation criteria of common disorders of each body system.

Target Audience

Nurses - Nurse Practitioners - Clinical Nurse Specialists



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 1


Nadya L

"Great speaker!"

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