Carol Rauen,rn-bc, ms, ccns, ccrn, pccn, cen, the department editor, is an independent clinical nurse specialist in The Outer Banks of North Carolina. Carol welcomes feedback from readers and practice questions from potential contributors at

Tracey A. Boyd,rn-bc, msn, ccrn, cen, assistant director of education, Northern Westchester Hospital, Mount Kisco, New York, contributed the adult CCRN questions.

Lisa M. Soltis,msn, aprn, ccrn-csc, ccns, clinical nurse specialist for cardiothoracic surgery, Sentara Heart Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia, contributed the CSC questions.

The majority of test-taking recommendations revolve around the acquisition and validation of knowledge and the dissection of questions. Another equally important tip would be to relax. I was recently listening to an interview of a retired hall-of-fame athlete answering questions about a young new star. When asked...

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