CARN Test Preparation

  1. Does anyone have any advice on materials that I can get to help me study for the CARN exam? I see many references to a book that is sold on Amazon but there are 3 reviews and they are all terrible. HELP!
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  3. by   Meriwhen
    Have you went to the INTNSA website and see if they have any recommendations?

    I need to get cracking on studying as well. I'm hoping to test this fall.
  4. by   cfaith
    IntNSA is updating the study guide. It should be available in the next month or so... Be sure to check out the test matrix it has changed quite a bit.

    NCFADS has a review course every summer in Wilmington, NC. You can check out that web site. Plus IntNSA has a review course every year at the conference. It will be in Washington, again this year.


    I took the CARN-AP this past fall, it was a lot of appication and critical thinking... not much in the way of strick "if this ...answer that" type questions.

    Best of look!!!!! faith
  5. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from cfaith
    IntNSA is updating the study guide. It should be available in the next month or so... Be sure to check out the test matrix it has changed quite a bit.
    Good to know...thanks for the heads' up!
  6. by   cfaith
    also read the postion papers from the IntNSA web site. Certification in Addictions Nursing Promoting and Protecting the Health of the Public
  7. by   tom7044
    I studied for 6 months to prepare for the CARN examination."Rudman's Questions and Answers on the CARN Examination" from the Admission test Series was not helpful. "Nursing Care of the Addicted Client" (Karen Allen)was the one reference I would recommend as the ONE most comprehensive and helpful. There were several questions relating to the Developmental Model of Recovery and I agree, a lot of critical thinking. Best of Luck, Tom, CARN
  8. by   cfaith
    The sources I used the most are "Uppers, Downers, All Arounders : Physical and Mental Effects of Psychoactive Drugs" Darryl Inaba & William Cohen

    And Western Schools Continuing Education Courses - Commonly Abused Substances and the Addiction Process: http://www.westernschools.com/Course...etail_628.html

    Though I likes Allen's book as well.
    Last edit by Meriwhen on Mar 20, '13 : Reason: Fixed link
  9. by   rsmentkowski
    For all nurses seeking a refresher course for CARN exam. If you live in NJ Seabrook House in Bridgeton, NJ is having a review. Go to www.snjpc.org/CARN.html. Fro those of you outside of NJ. Go to www.goamp.com/candidatehome. Select #1 healthcare than #2 Addictions Nursing Certification Board. Last #3 CARN. This will give you a content outline.
    Good luck! You can email me direct from the IntNSA web site under ANCB chair.
  10. by   rsmentkowski
    Quote from Meriwhen

    Good to know...thanks for the heads' up!
    The new study guide won't be out in time for the May exam. At least as far as I have been told.
  11. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from rsmentkowski
    The new study guide won't be out in time for the May exam. At least as far as I have been told.
    That's ok with me, the earliest I could take it is October anyway.

    But also good to know, thank you!
  12. by   cfaith
    Wow! New Study guide is available!!!!!! Check out IntNSA website store... electronic and hardcopy available.
  13. by   bpu-psych
    Hi cfaith,

    did you use the carn study guide? Looking at the intnsa store of form and perusing through information on the exam, I only see the carn (not the carn-ap) study guide. Are they one in the same?

    I'll be taking the exam this spring 2015. About how long did you put into studying? Is it comparable to the ancc boards I wonder. Thanks in advance for any input you might have.
  14. by   FaithSmith-Goff
    bpu-psych ----This is cfaith Big time trouble logging on recreated logon.... Yes I used the study guide BUT is was the older edition. The new edition. The new edition was constructed with the new test matrix so it includes CARN-AP information. That said you should also use an advanced practice test book....
    I also took the review class held at the annual IntNSA conference each year.

    Best of luck!

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