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Preparing for the CCRN exam can seem like a monumental task, but we’re here to help. Use these free study guides for the CCRN test to review the most important concepts you’ll see on the test and to channel your studies into your areas of need. Then, be sure to try our CCRN practice questions and flashcards for each section and see how you’re doing.

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Sections of the CCRN


Heart issues tend to be prevalent in critical care nursing situations and you’ll need to be well-versed on all facets of cardiac care. The CCRN® test uses nearly one-fifth of its questions to assess your knowledge in this area. Use this Cardiovascular study guide to map out what you already know and areas you need to study more. Be sure to access additional resources for further information.

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The questions on these topics cover a lot of ground and quite a few body systems. Use this Endocrine/Hematology/Gastrointestinal/ Renal/Integumentary study guide to find out more about what you need to know and identify areas in which you may need more study time. Also access our practice questions and flashcards to enhance your preparation and be really ready for test day.

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This is the area of critical care nursing in which you have to pull together your knowledge of all body systems and how they work together and combine that knowledge with a variety of other nursing skills. It gets complicated, so use this Multisystem study guide to help you know what to study in preparation for this type of question on the test.

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The three major areas of critical nursing care covered in this section are important facets of interaction with patients. They encompass important aspects of health and recovery, so you’ll want to use this Musculoskeletal/Neurological/Psychosocial study guide to inform your preparation for related test questions.

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Professional Caring and Ethical Practice

There are many critical care nursing concepts that do not fall neatly in the category of a body system. Instead, these ideas revolve around the care you give overall as a critical care nurse. Use this Professional Caring and Ethical Practice study guide to review how to give professional and ethical nursing care.

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The respiratory system involves a multitude of physiological knowledge, as well as command of many new terms, procedures, and practices. You’ll need to know just what content is covered in the CCRN® questions regarding pulmonary function and how to provide nursing care for respiratory patients in a critical care setting. Use this respiratory study guide to find out what you need to know.

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We hope these study guides have helped you to solidify your knowledge and skills as usable resources for test day. We’d love to know how this is going for you, so hit us up on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, or X. Our very best wishes go with you as you take this important step in your nursing career.