Adult Critical Care (CCRN) & Progressive Care (PCCN) Nursing Certification Review Course

*Registration payment includes Credit Cards and Interfund Transfers ONLY.

Target Audience

Critical Care staff nurses and/or Progress Critical Care nurses preparing to take the Adult CCRN or PCCN Certification Exam


The goal of this program is to provide nurses and other interested healthcare professionals with the based knowledge and tools to assist them in providing high quality and comprehensive care related to Critical Care management.

This 2-day course combines central knowledge based lectures designed according to the AACN exam blueprints for CCRN and PCCN certification exams. By attending this course, the care provider will obtain an essential review of nursing care and interventions designed for both the ICU and progressive care areas.
This review is not an introduction to the environment of the ICU or PCU, but a comprehensive update for the professional already in practice at the bedside and preparing for the CCRN/PCCN certification examination. Professional Caring and Ethical practice (20% of exam) issues are addressed when appropriate throughout the educational activity.

Click here to view the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (ACCN) website for exam eligibility

About the Speaker


Lisa brings over 20 years of critical care experience to her lectures, 17 of those in Cardiac Surgery. She has earned her BA from Western Michigan University, her BSN from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and her Master’s Degree from Duke University School of Nursing as an Adult Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and the Society of Critical Care Medicine where she was inducted as a Fellow of Critical Care Medicine. She has served as a content expert for the AACN for the Essentials of Critical Care Education program development, the Advanced Practice Education work group, and the Practice Analysis Task Force for Cardiac Surgery.

Her experience includes Trauma/Surgical Critical Care and over 17 years of Cardio-Thoracic Critical Care. She currently works as the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Heart & Vascular Surgery at UNC Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, NC. She lectures across the country on various topics related to critical care, including several certification review courses.
Lisa became passionate about teaching during her experience at Duke, and loves to help other nurses achieve their professional goals.

Location-- Note- CHANGED
Charlotte AHEC
Center for Learning and Development, Building K, Classrooms 17 & 18
5039 Airport Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28208


  • Describe the blueprint for the Critical Care Nursing Certification (CCRN) Exam and the Progressive Care Nursing Certification (PCCN).
  • Verbalize the role of the CCRN Certified RN in Resolving ethical dilemmas
  • Describe the role preload, afterload, and contractility play in determining cardiac stroke volume
  • Discuss the management of acute coronary syndrome and its complications
  • List two ways the white blood cell count differential signals bone marrow response to infection
  • List at least four lab abnormalities found in severe pancreatitis
  • Verbalize the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Discuss management of the patient with a closed head injury and increased intracranial pressures
  • Describe the management of a patient experiencing and ischemic stroke
  • List 3 contributing factors to the development of delirium during hospitalization
  • Describe the three etiologies of acute renal failure and management of each
  • Describe three causes of respiratory failure and treatment for each
  • List four causes of acid/base disorders and treatment options to correct
  • Describe the pathological changes seen in septic shock


Sophia Moore-Dennis, 704-512-6537


Lisa M Soltis, MSN, CCRN-CSC, APRN
Sep 15, 2017
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Check-In Time
Sep 14, 2017 7:30 AM
14.00 - Contact Hours
14.00 - CNE Contact Hours
Charlotte AHEC
Classroom 17/18
Sep 14 - 15, 2017
Charlotte AHEC
Classroom 17/18
Registration; Light breakfast and lunch provided. Handouts provided
CNE Contact Hours
Contact Hours