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This self-guided CRRN® Prep Program is designed to give you the tools you need to pass the test, gain expertise, and advance your career — all while earning CEUs.

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Our CRRN® Prep Program provides all of the tools you'll need to pass the CRRN® examination, develop your clinical skill set, and elevate your career - all while earning CEUs. With a CRRN® credential, you'll set yourself apart as a specialized and committed rehabilitation nurse, equipped to provide an advanced level of care.

This self-guided, comprehensive program includes 28 courses, recommended readings, and 300 practice questions divided into four simulated exams to help you prepare for success on test day.

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Rehabilitation Nursing for Spinal Cord Injury

Presented by Cheryl Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, CRRN

Rehabilitation Nursing for Spinal Cord Injury

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The person with spinal cord injury presents a unique challenge in the rehabilitation setting. Rehabilitation goals and interventions will depend upon the age of the person, the level of the injury, and the completeness of the injury. The rehabilitation team must focus on the biopsychosocial aspects of the person with a new SCI in order to ensure optimal outcomes. This course presents an overview of spinal cord injury rehabilitation, beginning with the changes in physiology, and including information on key assessment parameters, rehabilitation nursing interventions, ideal educational objectives, and anticipated functional outcomes depending upon the level and completeness of the injury.

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Ethical Principles in Rehabilitation Nursing

Presented by Kristen L. Mauk, PhD, DNP, RN, CRRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, FAAN

Ethical Principles in Rehabilitation Nursing

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This course gives participants an overview of ethical principles and how they relate to rehabilitation nursing. Autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice are discussed. The ANA Code for Nurses helps to illustrate commonly held standards for ethical practice. Case studies are used to illustrate ethical decision-making and advance directives.

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Management of Cognitive & Perceptual Issues in Rehabilitation Nursing

Presented by Julie Brandy, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE

Management of Cognitive & Perceptual Issues in Rehabilitation Nursing

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As one section of the comprehensive Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN) Examination Review Preparation Course, this course will provide an overview of cognitive and perceptual problems often encountered when working with patients in the rehabilitation setting; as well as a discussion of appropriate nursing interventions that can be utilized when working with patients experiencing these problems.

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Rehabilitation Nursing for Patients with Communication Disorders

Presented by Michelle Camicia, PhD, MSN, RN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FAHA

Rehabilitation Nursing for Patients with Communication Disorders

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Communication is an essential component of functioning, and disorders of communication have a significant impact on the patient and family. In this course, participants will learn about the anatomy and physiology related to communication, common communication disorders seen in patients with neurologic conditions, and interventions to address common disorders. The use of resources such as other assistive technology and adaptive equipment, and collaboration with the patient’s support system and other providers will be explored. This course reviews how rehabilitation nurses can apply the nursing process to optimize the individual's ability to communicate effectively.

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Management of Sleep and Rest in Rehabilitation Nursing

Presented by Stephanie Burnett, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CRRN

Management of Sleep and Rest in Rehabilitation Nursing

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Sleep and rest is essential to promote healing, recovery, and rejuvenation. In rehabilitation, rejuvenation and energy conservation strategies are especially necessary to promote the client’s participation in the rehabilitation program for maximum physical and cognitive restoration.

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Optimizing Coping and Stress Management Skills for Patients and Caregivers

Presented by Gail Sims, MSN, RN, CRRN

Optimizing Coping and Stress Management Skills for Patients and Caregivers

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Effective coping strategies and stress management are essential survival skills for patients and their caregivers. The rehabilitation nurse must assess each individual’s ability to cope with catastrophic changes, access resources to facilitate effective coping strategies, and evaluate the impact of accessing resources. The pathophysiology of the stress response, strategies theories of coping, adjustment and self-management, and stages of grief and loss will be reviewed. Strategies for stress reduction and positive coping in rehabilitation situations will be evaluated using the nursing process.

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Management of Sexuality and Sexual Function in Rehabilitation Nursing

Presented by Donald Kautz, MSN, RN, CRRN

Management of Sexuality and Sexual Function in Rehabilitation Nursing

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This course is designed to assist nurses who are studying for the CRRN exam. This course contains the essential content on sexuality and disability for the exam. However, nurses will find this course works best when taken in conjunction with two other courses: What Do I Say When My Patient Asks Me About Sex? and Sexuality, Aging & Chronic Illness. This CRRN prep course specifically addresses how to use the PLISSIT model to assess goals related to sexuality and reproduction, teaching interventions and technology related to sexuality and reproduction, sexual function and functional potential at different levels of spinal cord injury, where to find resources to help patients who want more information, and functional problems with disabilities and their potential effects on sexual relationships.

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Overview of Pediatric Rehabilitation Nursing

Presented by Cyndi Cortes, DrPH, MSN, MRE, CPNP-PC, CRRN, COI

Overview of Pediatric Rehabilitation Nursing

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The CRRN: Pediatric Perspectives course will review important developmental and cognitive theories that should guide the care provided by rehabilitation nurses to children in various settings. Participants will gain an understanding of common congenital and acquired conditions and will be able to describe how rehabilitation issues should be managed. Important legislation and community services for children and adolescents with special health care needs will also be discussed.

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Track Your Strength

The CRRN® Prep Program aligns with the major practice areas of rehabilitation nursing and the latest rehabilitation nursing certification exam outline provided by the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. With 300 practice test questions and four exam simulations, participants can easily track their strengths and weaknesses to prepare for the exam.

See your strength in over 16 exam categories! Begin the CRRN® Prep Program today.

Practice Exam

Case Excerpt:

John Lewis is a 29-year-old male, newly admitted to the rehabilitation unit for a T-1 complete spinal cord injury. Before his injury, he practiced as a lawyer. Injured during a skiing accident, he is now depressed and anxious. He is not married, and his parents are deceased. He has one sibling who lives in another state. Mr. Lewis complains to the nurse that he has a severe headache.

Question:

Which of the following should the nurse do first in response to Mr. Lewis’s complaint of headache?

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The correct answer is "Reposition Mr. Lewis into a head-up, feet-down position."

A headache in a person with a complete spinal cord injury above T-6 is suspicious for autonomic dysreflexia. A head-up, feet down position is the first intervention. Acetaminophen is not indicated for this condition, which is an emergency situation. Although he may have anxiety, it cannot be assumed that anxiety is the cause of the headache. Transferring to a head down position in bed may make the condition worse.

Meet Our Instructors

Kristen L. Mauk, PhD, DNP, RN, CRRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, FAAN

Dr. Mauk has been a Professor of Nursing for many years. Prior to moving to Colorado, she was a Professor of Nursing at a large private university in Indiana for nearly 25 years, and there she held the first Kreft Endowed Chair for the Advancement of Nursing Science, a position dedicated to gerontological nursing. She earned a BSN from Valparaiso University, an MS in Adult Health from Purdue University, a PhD from Wayne State University, a post-Master’s GNP certification from University of Virginia, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Valparaiso University. Dr. Mauk has 37 years of experience in chronic illness nursing, rehabilitation, and gerontological nursing and teaches in these specialties at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is certified in rehabilitation as a gerontological nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist. She has authored or edited eight books, including three that were recognized with an AJN Book of the Year Award. She has served on editorial boards for Rehabilitation Nursing and Geriatric Nursing and has written numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Mauk is a frequent presenter at conferences at the regional, national, and international levels. She is the co-founder and president of Senior Care Central/International Rehabilitation Consultants, providing educational, clinical, and legal nurse consulting in rehabilitation and senior care in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Mauk is also a past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and has served ARN in many roles, most significantly including the Council of Leaders, Editor of the 5th edition of the Core Curriculum, PRN course faculty, the task force to develop the ARN Professional Rehabilitation Nursing Competency Model, and Editor-in-Chief of Rehabilitation Nursing. Some of Dr. Mauk’s recognitions include: Suzanne Smith INANE Mentoring Editors Award (2017), Nominee for the 2016 National Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers, three AJN Book of the Year Awards (2017, 2010, & 1999), CASE/Carnegie Indiana Professor of the Year (2007), VU Caterpillar Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007), ARN Educator Role Award (2007), and the ARN Distinguished Service Award (2005). Dr. Mauk has taught nurses and students in China over the past few years. She has a passion for helping other countries to develop rehabilitation nursing into a strong specialty to promote quality care for their aging populations and those with disabilities.

Stephanie Burnett, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CRRN

Dr. Stephanie Davis Burnett is an advanced practice nurse with more than 35 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation nursing. She is considered an expert in the areas of rehabilitation, leadership, and staff education. Her certifications include being a board-certified clinical nurse specialist (ACNS-BC) and a certified rehabilitation registered nurse (CRRN). She holds Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) and masters in nursing (MSN) degrees from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Stephanie’s experience includes positions as a hospital staff nurse, nurse manager, staff educator, and program coordinator; and in academia, adjunct faculty member in the masters of nursing level program. She also works as an independent expert rehabilitation nursing consultant in the area of nursing practice and staff education. Stephanie is a published author, editor, and accomplished speaker-presenter in her chosen field of practice. Dr. Burnett served as editor of the ARN publication “Evidence-based Rehabilitation Nursing: Common Challenges and Interventions, 2nd Ed.” (2013) and chapter co-author in two recent editions of the ARN core curriculum. Stephanie is an active member in three professional nursing organizations: Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), of which she is a past national president, past chair, and member of the Rehabilitation Nursing Certification board and ARN Board of Directors; American Nurses Association (ANA); and, National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). Her nursing experience in leadership and rehabilitation and her collaborative skills make her a highly sought and skilled conference presenter. Dr. Burnett is currently a self-employed consultant in the field of rehabilitation nursing and legal nurse consultant, residing in the Birmingham, AL area.

Cheryl Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, CRRN

Dr. Cheryl Lehman has been a registered nurse since graduating from the Decatur Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1978. Since that time, she earned a BSN from Maryville University-St. Louis in 1990; an MSN in Adult Health Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston in the Clinical Nurse Specialist role in 1994; and a PhD in Preventive Medicine and Community Health with a focus in Rehabilitation Science in 2005, also from UTMB. Dr. Lehman is board-certified in rehabilitation nursing (CRRN); gerontological nursing (RN-BC); and in the CNS role (CNS-BC). Dr. Lehman’s clinical nursing experience includes medical surgical, geriatric, and rehabilitation nursing in the roles of staff nurse, nursing educator, and clinical nurse specialist. She has worked in the rehabilitation nursing field since 1987. She is a past-president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, and the Editor and a co-author for the 7th edition of The Specialty Practice of Rehabilitation Nursing: A Core Curriculum. Dr. Lehman’s articles and chapters on rehabilitation and gerontological topics have also been widely published in national journals and textbooks. Dr. Lehman retired in 2014 at the rank of Clinical Professor from the University of Texas system after 24 years of service. She worked in the clinical setting at UTMB for 17 years, and her most recent service was in the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where she worked for 7 years in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Dr. Lehman currently serves as a nursing consultant in educational and legal endeavors.

What's Included in the Program

Specialized Courses

Choose from over 28 online, video-based courses taught by the experts

Practice Questions

Study with over 300 practice questions and recommended readings

Group Study

Prepare on your own or with others sitting for the exam

Simulated Exams

Thoroughly prepare with four simulated exams

CRRN® is a registered trademark of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

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