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Course SummaryThis study guide offers details about diseases and disorders that critical care nurses would encounter when caring for acutely ill adult patients. This guide addresses topics you would be tested on when taking the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) PCCN (Adult) certification exam.
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About This Course
By using this course, you will become more familiar with the causes, symptoms and treatment options of various conditions. This course is designed to provide details about each of these diseases and disorders and present nursing actions addressing the management and care of each of these conditions. Lessons also cover professional nursing ethics and values. After you review the material in this course, you should have developed a better understanding of the following:
- Nursing ethics and professional practices
- Medication administration and surgical options for cardiovascular issues
- Characteristics, treatments and clinical judgments for:
- Acute coronary and inflammatory diseases
- Chronic heart diseases, heart defects and cardiovascular diseases
- Respiratory conditions
- Pleural space abnormalities
- Endocrine, hematologic, immunologic and gastrointestinal disorders
- Renal and neurological disorders
- Behavioral and psychological disorders
- Sepsis, shock and multisystem conditions
About the Exam
The AACN PCCN (Adult) certification is a voluntary professional certification for critical care nurses seeking to administer care to acutely ill adults in various settings and shows competency in progressive care nursing. Candidates can choose to take this exam via paper or computer formats. The test consists of 125 multiple-choice questions. The Clinical Judgment portion of the exam, which covers aspects and nursing care for various diseases and disorders, accounts for 80% of the exam, while the remaining 20% of the questions are found in Professional Caring and Ethical Practice section. Test takers are allotted 2.5 hours to complete this exam.
AACN PCCN (Adult) Exam Preparation & Registration
This study guide is an invaluable tool if you are seeking a quick and effective way to study for the AACN PCCN (Adult) exam. Video and text lessons identify specific types of diseases and disorders in various categories, such as cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal and neurological. Lessons also discuss clinical diagnostic, care and patient monitoring practices and devices that critical care nurses should be familiar with. Nursing procedures and responsibilities for cardiovascular drug treatments and surgical interventions are also addressed, as are ethical guidelines, collaborative care and critical care nurse roles. You can use any device to access these lessons 24/7. The guide contains self-assessment tools such as lesson quizzes and chapter exams to help you determine how much you have learned from this resource and what topics you might need to further review before taking the AACN PCCN certification exam.
After you verify that you have met all eligibility requirements for this exam, which includes current nursing licensure and completion of specific clinical hours, you can register online or via mail; online registration is for those taking the computer-based exam and snail mail registration is completed for those taking the paper-administered exam. Once your registration is processed and payment of fees made (via credit card online or credit card, check or money order via mail), you will receive a confirmation email or postcard from PSI/AMP, which administers the test. You can then schedule your test date and location with PSI/AMP.
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