Sara Knippa, MS, RN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, PCCN, is the contributing editor of the column. Sara is a clinical nurse specialist/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 sara. Sara wrote the introduction and the adult CCRN questions.


Karen Simon, MSN, RN, RNC-NIC, is an education specialist II at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. Karen wrote the neonatal CCRN review questions.


I have many goals in life, and I am sure you do too. Some goals I have achieved (like obtaining CCRN and PCCN certifications), some I am still working on (like visiting all 50 US states), and some I may never accomplish (like playing the piano). What motivates me to pursue some goals and not others? Learning theory research tells us that...

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