Test Preparation Resources for the CSSM Exam

Required Reference:

  • Guidelines for Perioperative Practice, 2016 edition.  

Highly Recommended:

  • Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery, Jane Rothrock, 15th edition, Mosby, Elsevier, 2015.
  • Berry and Kohn’s Operating Room Technique, Nancymarie Phillips, 13th edition, Mosby Elsevier, 2017.
  • Economics and Financial Management for Nurses and Nurse Leaders, Susan J. Penner, 2nd edition, Springer Publishing Company, 2013.
  • Operating Room Leadership and Management, Alan Kay, Charles Fox and Richard Urman, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

CCI Resources

Recommended References by Subject Area
Strategic Management

Today’s Nursing Leader: Managing, Succeeding, Excelling, Marilyn Klainberg, Jones and Bartlett, 2010.

Risk Management Handbook for Health Care Organizations, American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, 6th edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2011

Operational Management

Operating Room Leadership and Management (Cambridge Medicine), Alan Kaye, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Transforming Health Care: Virginia Mason Medical Center’s Pursuit of the Perfect Patient Experience, Charles Kenney, Productivity Press, 2011.

Financial Management

Health Care Finance: Basic Tools for Nonfinancial Managers, Judith Baker, 4th edition, Jones & Barlett Learning, 2014.

Introduction to the Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations, Michael Nowicki, 6th edition, Health Administration Press, 2015.


Nursing Leadership & Management, Patricia Kelly, 3rd edition, Cengage Learning, 2012.

Effective Leadership and Management in Nursing, Eleanor J. Sullivan, 8th edition, Prentice Hall, 2012.

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, Atual Gawande, Metropolitan Books, 2009.

Management and Leadership For Nurse Administrators, Linda Roussel, 6th edition, Jones and Bartlett, 2013.


Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing: Theory and Application, Bessie Marquis, 8th edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2014.

Leading and Managing in Nursing, Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, 5th edition, Elsevier, Mosby, 2011.

Communication & Relationship Management

Communication in Nursing, Julie Balzer Riley, 7th edition, Elsevier Mosby, 2012.

The Nurse’s Communication Advantage: How Business Savvy Communication Can Advance Your Nursing Career, Kathleen D. Pagana, Renee Wilmeth, 2010.

The Leadership Experience, Richard Draft, 6th edition, Cengage Learning, 2015

Human Resource Management

Human Resources Management in Health Care: Principles and Practices, L Fleming Fallon, 2nd edition, Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2014.

Human Resources Management for Health Care Organizations: A Strategic Approach, Donald Lombardi, 1st edition, Jossey-Bass, 2012.

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