Sara Knippa, MS, RN, CNS, CCRN, PCCN, ACCNS-AG, is the contributing editor of the column. Sara is a clinical nurse specialist and educator in the cardiac intensive care unit at the University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, Colorado. She welcomes feedback from readers and practice questions from potential contributors at [email protected]. Sara wrote the introduction and the CMC questions.


Rosemary Timmerman, DNP, APRN, CCNS, CCRN-CSC-CMC, is a clinical nurse specialist at Providence Alaska Medical Center, and a member of the adjunct faculty at University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska. Rosemary wrote the CCRN questions.


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