Prepare for the CRRN Exam

As you review the CRRN Candidate Handbook while preparing for the CRRN exam, you are encouraged to use a variety of resources. What is the study method that works best for you? Individual review? Study group? Class? What types of materials are most helpful? Textbooks? Audio or video programs? Outlines? Memory aids like flashcards? You may also want to review the prepared sample questions to get a sense of the question format.

Know What is Covered

There are four major domains in the CRRN Exam Content Outline:

1. Rehabilitation nursing models and theories (6%)
2. Functional health patterns (theories, physiology, assessment, standards of care, and interventions in individuals with injury, chronic illness, and disability across the lifespan) (58%)
3. The function of the rehabilitation team and community reintegration (13%)
4. Legislative, economic, ethical, and legal issues (23%).

The CRRN Exam Content Outline lists each domain with related tasks, knowledge, and skill statements. It is the best source of information for exam content.

The RNCB does not sponsor or endorse any review course or other preparation materials.

Use Resources Created for Your Success

ARN has created the very best CRRN exam prep tools to help you while on your path to certification. There are a variety of tools to choose from based on how you prefer to learn! Each of these tools can be purchased in the ARN Bookstore, and at a deep discount to ARN members.

The Specialty Practice of Rehabilitation Nursing: A Core Curriculum, 8th ed.

Published by ARN, this comprehensive book is used continuously throughout your career as a rehabilitation nurse and is a must-have resource for those taking the CRRN exam.

CRRN Flashcards

Portable and easy to use, the CRRN flashcards help you test your knowledge of individual rehabilitation nursing concepts.

PRN Online Course

This comprehensive, online course takes you on a deep dive into rehabilitation nursing interventions, chronic and disabling conditions seen in rehab, patient education, and more! Earn 20 CH once you have completed the course, post-tests, and evaluations.

Online CRRN Practice Test

Practice questions are presented in the same format as the CRRN exam.

CRRN Tips & Tricks Webinar

Hosted live in August 2018, this presentation helps you prepare for the exam by building familiarity with the exam content outline and reviewing topics like exam question types, online testing techniques, exam registration procedures, and testing center guidelines.

Additional Resources

Additional resources to help you prepare for the exam, include:

Carpenito-Moyet, L. (2016). Nursing diagnosis: Application to clinical practice (16th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Willkes.

Hickey, J. (2013). Clinical practice of neurological and neurosurgical nursing (7th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven Publishers.

Jarvis, C. (2015). Physical examination and health assessment (7th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier Health Sciences.

Karch, A. (2017). 2018 Lippincott pocket drug guide for nurses. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkes.

Mauk, K. (2017). Gerontological nursing: competencies for care. (4th ed.). Boston: Jones & Bartlett.

Mauk, K. (2012). Rehabilitation nursing: a contemporary approach to practice. Boston: Jones & Bartlett.

McCance, K., Huether, S. (2014). Pathophysiology: the biologic basis for disease in adults and children (7th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.

Potter, P., Perry, A., (2016). Fundamentals of nursing (9th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.

Powell, S., Tahan, H. (2016). CMSA core curriculum for case management (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkes.

Thibodeau, G. (2012). Anthony's textbook of anatomy & physiology (20th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby-Year Book.

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Get your CRRN in 2021

The next opportunity to take the CRRN exam is December 2021. Apply by October 15 (or November 1 with a late fee).

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