Introduction: Preparing to Take the CEN EXAM and Shock: it’s Elementary

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Presented By: Jeff Solheim, MSN, RN-BC CEN, CFRN, FAEN, Solheim Enterprises January 2015
January 2015

This initial session of our year-long series on the fundamentals of emergency nursing and triage focuses on preparing for the Certified Emergency Nurse Exam (CEN). Participants are introduced to the CEN exam as well as study/preparation techniques to increase successful completion of the exam. The session then transitions into an introduction to the four types of shock: hypovolemic shock, distributive shock, cardiogenic shock and obstructive shock. The session covers symptoms of the various forms of shock as well as principals of care for patients experiencing these various shock syndromes.


  • List at least three techniques to successfully prepare for passing the Certified Emergency Nurse exam
  • Differentiate between compensating and decompensating hypovolemic shock
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing crystalloids versus colloids for hypovolemic shock resuscitation


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Your entire healthcare team will benefit from this session so please be sure to tune in.


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