Study References

Study References

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Listed below is the definitive list of study references for the CPAN and CAPA exams containing the only references approved by ABPANC and used to write the exam questions. After carefully reviewing the test blueprint and identifying learning needs, exam candidates should identify those references determined to be most valuable based on their individual learning needs.

American Heart Association. ACLS Provider Manual. 2016 • (Note: the most up-to-date (current) ACLS manual is used as a basis for exam questions)

American Heart Association. PALS Provider Manual. 2016 • (Note: the most up-to-date (current) PALS manual is used as a basis for exam questions)

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses. Perianesthesia Nursing Standards, Practice Recommendations, and Interpretive Statements 2019 – 2020. ASPAN, Cherry Hill, NJ, 2019.

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses. Schick, L. and Windle, P. (Editors) Fourth Edition. Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum – Preprocedure, Phase l and Phase ll PACU Nursing. Elsevier, St. Louis, MO, 2021.

Odom-Forren, J. Drain’s PeriAnesthesia Nursing: A Critical Care Approach. 7th Ed. Elsevier Saunders, 2018.

Hodgson, B., and Kizior, R. Saunders Nursing Drug Handbook 2019. Saunders (Elsevier), 2018.

Urden, L., et al. Critical Care Nursing, Diagnosis and Management, 8th Ed. Elsevier, 2018.

Hockenberry, M., Wilson, D. Wong’s Nursing Care of Infants and Children. 11th Ed. CV. Mosby, 2018.

Nagelhout, J. and Sass, E. Nurse Anesthesia. Sixth Edition. Elsevier, St. Louis, MO, 2018


ASPAN: 877-737-9696 or

American Heart Association Fulfillment Center: 800-611-6083

Channing Bete Company:

Laerdal Medical Corporation:


References (other than those published by ASPAN) can be located via the Internet, using the large book chain websites, or by doing a google search.