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Crit Care Nurse. 2014 Jun;34(3):62-5. doi: 10.4037/ccn2014842.

Smartphone applications: potential tools for use in preparing for CCRN certification examinations.

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  • 1Claire Curran is a clinical nurse education specialist at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill.


Recent advances in smartphone technology now allow clinicians to use commercially produced applications when studying for nursing certification examinations. The quality of currently available CCRN review applications varies in this first generation of products. Most are limited to multiple-choice practice questions, although a few have additional elements such as study guides and reference charts. Weaknesses found in the applications evaluated include poorly written and edited content, questions limited to rote memorization rather than application and analysis of knowledge, and content too basic or outside the scope of experienced critical care nursing practice. A list of important factors for consumers to consider before purchase is provided.

©2014 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

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