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Secrets of the AACN Certification Exams Study Guide

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She had failed.

Then she remembered her friends and felt even worse. She did not look forward to having to tell them the embarrassing news, especially after she had boasted that it was no big deal. She had been procrastinating about taking the exam because she hated standardized tests, and this only confirmed her hatred.

"What will I do now?" she thought with dismay, slowly realizing the harsh reality of her predicament and its upsetting implications on her future.

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Unfortunately, this hypothetical situation occurs all the time. Someone thought they were going to breeze through the examination, told all their friends, made plans for their future, and then got an embarrassing reality check from the AACN exam.

The AACN certification exam is quite simply an objective assessment of a test taker's requisite foundation of knowledge and skills.

AACN exam scores are used by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) as a uniform standard of qualification. While it may not be fair, all of a person's plans for the future may be dependent upon needing a certain AACN exam score.

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Our comprehensive study guide for the AACN exam is written by our exam experts, who painstakingly researched the topics and the concepts that you need to know to do your best on the AACN exam. Our original research into the AACN certification exam, offered by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), reveals the specific content areas and the essential skills that are critical for you to know on the AACN exam. We've taken the information and developed a study guide that is guaranteed to help you be successful on the AACN exam.

Our study guides cover these AACN board certification exams:

  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (ACNPC) Exam
  • Cardiac Medicine Subspecialty Certification (CMC) Exam
  • Cardiac Surgery Certification (CSC) Exam
  • Progressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN) Exam
  • Adult CCRN Exam
  • Neonatal CCRN Exam
  • Pediatric CCRN Exam

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  • What to do about the tough questions that you have no clue how to answer. Don't just give up, use the advice we offer to make sure you give yourself the best chance of getting the right answer.
  • Learn how to group your answer choices into families that often narrows down the pool of correct answers. This is a quick way to immediately eliminate one or two of the answer choices and increase your odds of getting the question right.

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Secrets of the AACN Certification Exams are our exclusive collection of tips and information specially selected to give you the best results on your AACN exam for the least time spent studying. It's written in everyday language and is easy to use.

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  • Plan Big, Study Small
  • Make Your Studying Count
  • Practice the Right Way
  • Pace Yourself
  • Have a Plan for Guessing

The Comprehensive General Strategy Review

  • Read Carefully
  • Contextual Clues
  • Prefixes
  • Hedge Words
  • Switchback Words
  • Face Value
  • Answer Selection
  • Eliminate Answers
  • Avoid Fact Traps
  • Extreme Statements
  • Benchmark
  • Predict the Answer
  • Tough Questions
  • Check Your Work
  • Pace Yourself
  • Don’t Rush
  • Keep Moving

Click below to see just a small sampling of the topics covered by our study guides:

ACNPC Exam Topics

  • Acute Heart Failure
  • Systolic Heart Failure
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Pathophysiology of Hypertension
  • Cardiogenic Shock
  • Temporary Pacemakers
  • Defibrillation
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Intrathoracic Surgical Procedures
  • Toxicity Of Digitalis
  • Vasodilators
  • Antidysrhythmics
  • Potassium-Sparing Diuretics
  • Acute Bronchitis
  • Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease
  • Emphysema
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Oral Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Ketoacidosis
  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura
  • Polycythemia Vera
  • Hemophilia
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Immunosuppression
  • Lupus Erythematosus
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Graft-Versus-Host Disease
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Ischemic Stroke
  • Lumbosacral Pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Seizure Disorders
  • West Nile Virus
  • Arboviral Encephalitides
  • Diverticulosis
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Paralytic Ileus
  • Electrolyte Imbalances
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Distributive Shock
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chemical Trauma

CMC Exam Topics

  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Beta-Blockers
  • Normal Sinus Rhythm
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Torsades De Pointes
  • Sinus Bradycardia
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
  • Wenckebach AV Block
  • Papillary Muscle Rupture
  • Ventricular Aneurysmectomy
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Cardiac Tamponade
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Cardiogenic Shock
  • Myocarditis
  • Pericarditis
  • Venous Thrombosis
  • Hypertension
  • "White Coat" Hypertension
  • Tetralogy Of Fallot
  • Truncus Arteriosus
  • Ebstein's Anomaly
  • Acute Pulmonary Embolus
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Cor Pulmonale
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pneumomediastinum
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Hemoglobin A1C Test
  • Ischemic Stroke
  • Hemorrhagic Stroke
  • Hypomagnesemia
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Cardiac Monitoring
  • Basic Metabolic Panel
  • TSH Level
  • Creatinine
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Venous Oxygen Saturation
  • Metabolic Alkalosis

CSC Exam Topics

  • Cardiac Dysrhythmias
  • Sinus Bradycardia
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Premature Atrial Contractions
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Transcutaneous Pacing
  • Cardioversion
  • Emergency Defibrillation
  • Hypothermia
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Maze Procedures
  • Diaphragmatic Dysfunction
  • Hypoxemic
  • Alveolar Hypoventilation
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Air Leak Syndrome
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Chylothorax
  • Hemothorax
  • Acute Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Anaphylaxis Syndrome
  • Cerebral Hypoxia
  • Metabolic Encephalopathy
  • Risk Factors For Strokes
  • Paralysis Of Vocal Cords
  • Gastrointestinal Complications
  • Acute Renal Failure
  • Acute Tubular Necrosis
  • Urinalysis
  • Hyponatremia
  • Procainamide
  • Calcium Channel Blockers
  • Methylene Blue
  • Digitalis
  • Hemodynamic Monitoring
  • Incision Assessment
  • Phases of Pain
  • Pain Management
  • Epicardial Pacing
  • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump
  • Mediastinal Drainage

PCCN Exam Topics

  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Variant Angina
  • Myocarditis
  • Papillary Muscle Rupture
  • Pericarditis
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
  • Intraaortic Balloon Pump
  • Cardiac Tamponade
  • Junctional Escape Rhythm
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Acute Respiratory Syndrome
  • Glycoprotein IIB/IIIA Inhibitors
  • Anticoagulants
  • Foreign Body Aspiration
  • Arterial Blood Gases
  • Respiratory Acidosis
  • COPD
  • Pneumothorax
  • Thoracic Hemothorax
  • Thoracentesis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Acute Bronchitis
  • Status Asthmaticus
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Tracheostomy
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Ketoacidosis
  • Anemia
  • Cranial Nerve Assessment
  • Peripheral Nerve Assessment
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Ischemic Strokes
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage
  • Diverticulosis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Electrolyte Imbalances
  • End-Stage Renal Disease
  • Tuberculosis
  • Acute Epiglottitis
  • Non-Alzheimer's Dementias
  • Geriatric Depression Scale
  • Bioethics
  • Informed Consent
  • Patients' Rights

CCRN Exams

Adult CCRN Exam Topics

  • Coronary Artery Syndromes
  • Myocardial Infarctions
  • Papillary Muscle Rupture
  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Acute Venous Thromboembolism
  • Anticoagulants
  • Carotid Artery Stenosis
  • Intraaortic Balloon Pump
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Hemothorax
  • Pulmonary Pharmacology
  • Arterial Blood Gases
  • Respiratory Acidosis
  • Airway Management
  • Therapeutic Gases
  • Ventilator Weaning
  • Thoracentesis
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Endocrine
  • Acute Hypoglycemia
  • Ketoacidosis
  • Parathyroid Dysfunction
  • Cushing Syndrome
  • Morphology
  • Hematology
  • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Cryoprecipitate
  • Neurology
  • Cerebral Aneurysms
  • Cerebral Vasospasm
  • Brain Death
  • Infectious Encephalopathy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Bacterial Meningitis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Monroe-Kellie Hypothesis
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Peritonitis
  • Esophagectomy
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Hepatic Cirrhosis
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Acute Pancreatitis

Neonatal CCRN Exam Topics

  • Cardiogenic Shock
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Sinus Bradycardia
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Cardiovascular
  • Temporary Transvenous Pacemakers
  • Antidysrhythmics
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Inotropic Agents
  • Rhythm Disturbances
  • Emergency Defibrillation
  • Hypotension
  • Anticoagulants
  • Thrombolytics
  • Thrombolytics
  • Hemodynamic Monitoring
  • Tracheal Intubation
  • Thoracentesis
  • Air Leak Syndromes
  • Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Tachypnea Of Newborn
  • Galactosemia
  • Hyperammonemia
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hematology
  • Cryoprecipitate
  • Plasmapheresis
  • Pathophysiology
  • Thrombosis Syndrome
  • Coagulation Profile
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Immunosuppressant Drugs
  • Klumpke's Paralysis
  • Brain Death
  • Neurogenic Bladder
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Meconium Ileus
  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • Mesenteric Ischemia
  • Adhesions
  • Acute Hepatic Failure
  • Acute Renal Failure
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Creatinine Clearance
  • Birth Asphyxia
  • Bioethics

Pediatric CCRN Exam Topics

  • Acute Pulmonary Edema
  • Norwood Procedure
  • Cardiac Postsurgical Management
  • Antimicrobial Prophylaxis
  • Hemodynamic Monitoring
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Wide Complex Tachycardias
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Hypovolemic Shock
  • Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Pulmonary Embolus
  • Tracheal Intubation
  • Nasopharyngeal
  • Respiratory Acidosis
  • Thoracentesis
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Tracheomalacia
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Pharmacology
  • Thoracic Trauma
  • Acute Hypoglycemia
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Ketoacidosis
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Chvostek's Sign
  • Addison's Disease
  • Cushing Syndrome
  • Hematology
  • Graft Versus Host Disease
  • Cryoprecipitate
  • Neurology
  • Lateral Cord Syndromes
  • Autonomic Dysreflexia
  • Brain Death
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Transferrin
  • Proton Pump Inhibitors
  • Acute Tubular Necrosis
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Anorexia
  • Metabolic Acidosis
  • Acetaminophen Toxicity
  • Cyanide Poisoning
  • Benzodiazepine Toxicity

plus all of the other special tips and secrets we have included to help you prepare for the exam.

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