SEC assessment NEXT WEEK NOW what to do - page 2

Hi I have been informed by Mt Royal College, that they had a cancellation next week and can fit me in for the SEC IEN assessment. I am like WWWWW HHHHHAAATTTTTT and thought I will give it a shot.... Read More

  1. by   narmeen18
    Quote from mt_66
    hi narmeer18! am wondering if you have already taken the sec assessment, kindly shed some inputs on what transpired...it will surely help me somehow since crnbc also requires me to take it. i hope you can give me details on what is being assessed, so that i can make some preparations or mindsetting, mind conditioning perhaps? thanks! hope to hear from you soon. god bless.
    hi:
    sorry for delay. actually i just came from calgary. for sure i will help you and i will share my experience with you.
    it was a 2-day exam in gn.
    it was my understanding that i am doing one day theory and second day practical but, i was surprised when the lady told me that because of the room and assessor availability they have changed the schedule.
    anyways i have to do it so i was nervous but calm.
    day1: in morning mcq's 103 question. less theory and more n more psychosocial and priority based but do concentrate on theory as well. must review crne prep guide.
    afternoon was a tough. i was given 7 cards to perform. i was given a patient and basically i have to take care of her from admission to discharge. following are the steps.
    1. patient's history
    2. head to toe assessment
    3. medication (oral, im, sc, inhaler)
    4. wound dressing
    5. discharge teaching
    6. most important communication skills
    it took me almost 3hours. too much..................
    day 2: morning, short question and answer again priority based, lots of drug calculation, drugs, situational based scenarios. again i took me good 3.5 hrs.
    afternoon was a pretty short and quick. i was give 11 scenario to read and to respond in 3 minutes again theory and priority (clinical judgment)
    for triple jump assessment, i was given situation with minimal data so i have to asked question to get more data, identify problems, plan and make nursing diagnosis, implement and evaluate.
    that's it............
    sorry for any writing error. i am in a quick but, i wanted to share this information. you know sometime it really helps to decrease anxiety. good luck and let me know if you need any further information.
    i wish you good luck.
  2. by   mt_66
    [font=book antiqua]thank you very much narmeen18, you shared a very detailed experience, am so grateful for taking time to reply! at least, now i have an idea on how sec assessment is done. you said it is a 2-day assessment, i thought it's for 5 days, but surely, it is very difficult basing from your testimony. especially the drug calculations...that really worries me a lot. can you give me some of the cases on drug calculations that you have gone through, only those that you can remember, please?!
    [font=book antiqua]
    [font=book antiqua] i will definitely let you know whatever happens to my sec assessment and post some pointers too by then. as of now i was not given any schedules yet, but was already told that i will undergo the said assessment...still waiting when that day would be...may god be with me! by the way, what happened to you next after the sec assessment? if you don't mind me asking.
    [font=book antiqua]
    [font=book antiqua]thanks again, you were such a great help.
  3. by   narmeen18
    Quote from mt_66
    [font=book antiqua]thank you very much narmeen18, you shared a very detailed experience, am so grateful for taking time to reply! at least, now i have an idea on how sec assessment is done. you said it is a 2-day assessment, i thought it's for 5 days, but surely, it is very difficult basing from your testimony. especially the drug calculations...that really worries me a lot. can you give me some of the cases on drug calculations that you have gone through, only those that you can remember, please?!
    [font=book antiqua]
    [font=book antiqua] i will definitely let you know whatever happens to my sec assessment and post some pointers too by then. as of now i was not given any schedules yet, but was already told that i will undergo the said assessment...still waiting when that day would be...may god be with me! by the way, what happened to you next after the sec assessment? if you don't mind me asking.
    [font=book antiqua]
    [font=book antiqua]thanks again, you were such a great help.
    hi mt 66,
    i am glad that now you have an idea about sec assessment. after assessment they gave me self-assessment form which i need to complete and then fax back to them.
    drug calculation: (example)
    1. order is to give 500mg and available is 1000mg/5ml. so how many ml you will administer?
    2. order 3mg and available is 0.75mg/tab. how many tablet will you give?
    3. pt is receiving 250 ml/hr. total infusion per day?
    let me know if you need any further information
    thank you
  4. by   mt_66
    thanks again narmeen18! that was really a prompt reply...anyway, sorry to bother you again, but i still have a lot of querries...like in day 1, afternoon period, you were given 7 cards to perform, was that 7 different cases in one patient? or 7 different cases on 7 different patients with varried health conditions which you have to attend to from admission to discharge?

    and in day 2, morining session, was the short answer & question, with drugs, drug calculations and situational based scenarios done by pen & paper exam (written) or was it a one-on-one or panel type of thing (oral recitation)? then, in the afternoon, the 11 scenarios given to read & respond...how was it done?

    lastly, the triple jump assessment...how was it done? do you have an actual 'supposed-to-be' patient with whom you fill in the necessary data & make nursing care plan?

    i hope you can still spare some more time to respond to my enquiries. thanks. may god bless you.
  5. by   narmeen18
    Quote from mt_66
    thanks again narmeen18! that was really a prompt reply...anyway, sorry to bother you again, but i still have a lot of querries...like in day 1, afternoon period, you were given 7 cards to perform, was that 7 different cases in one patient? or 7 different cases on 7 different patients with varried health conditions which you have to attend to from admission to discharge?

    and in day 2, morining session, was the short answer & question, with drugs, drug calculations and situational based scenarios done by pen & paper exam (written) or was it a one-on-one or panel type of thing (oral recitation)? then, in the afternoon, the 11 scenarios given to read & respond...how was it done?

    lastly, the triple jump assessment...how was it done? do you have an actual 'supposed-to-be' patient with whom you fill in the necessary data & make nursing care plan?

    i hope you can still spare some more time to respond to my enquiries. thanks. may god bless you.
    hi:
    i do not have any problem. you are more than welcome to ask and i will try my best to give u all the information. i know the anxiety you have right now.
    day1: 7 cards for 1 patient like from admission to discharge. for example
    card 1: health history
    card 2: discuss problems with assessor and drug calculation
    card 3: head to toe assessment
    card 4: i/v set and i/v bag change
    card 5: medication administration (i/m, i/v, s/c, inhaler)
    card 6: wound dressing
    card 7: discharge teaching

    day 2: written was paper pen exam. assessment was one-on-one interview based. no physical patient. it was all talking and talking.
    in addition, 11 scenarios were 11 different situations. for example:
    post-op patient is restless and confused what could be the reason?

    actually, i am in hurry right now and sorry if i have missed anything. let me know anything else you want to know.
    thank you
  6. by   mt_66
    you've been such a great help, unselfishly sharing your experience to worried sick like me. thanks i've been quite relieved knowing that there won't be any actual patient involved. however, the 2-day assessment really seem to be very tough...so help me god! i always claim his word from joshua 1:10,"do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the lord your god is with you wherever you go."...these words of assurance were repeated a couple of times to moses and i trust him every step of the way.
  7. by   narmeen18
    hi:
    i am glad that now you have less anxiety. let me just clarify one small thing. day 1 assessment: one of their nurses acted like a patent so it was kinda real and day 2 was interview based.
    good luck
  8. by   johnbrew
    hi narmeen18,

    did you take your sec assessment in canada? Im IEN who are planning to apply in canada and im anticipating sec assessment to be there because it is usually present to IEN. Im from philippines , so does it mean i need to fly to canada and take their sec assessment then i can fly back home and wait for result?
  9. by   Ginger's Mom
    Yes, unless you are being recruited for a very executive position you have to pay the travel expenses. Since this is an entry level position you have to assume the costs. It will show you are taking this application seriously. Once you get a date check the internet for cheap airfares.
  10. by   Fiona59
    Quote from mt_66
    you've been such a great help, unselfishly sharing your experience to worried sick like me. thanks i've been quite relieved knowing that there won't be any actual patient involved. .

    what is so scary about the scenario?

    it's just what is expected of our new grads when they hit the floors
  11. by   mt_66
    that's what makes it difficult for me fiona59 because after passing the local board i have not practiced my nursing profession since i went back to my dental practice which is my first profession, i graduated 2004. thus, it worries me, however, am preparing for it right now. though i very much prefer taking the re-entry program for ien instead of going through sec assessment, but crnbc requires me to undergo the assessment thing so i have no other choice but to yield.

    thanks to narmeen for the inputs about sec assessment!!!
  12. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Quote from mt_66
    that's what makes it difficult for me fiona59 because after passing the local board i have not practiced my nursing profession since i went back to my dental practice which is my first profession, i graduated 2004. thus, it worries me, however, am preparing for it right now. though i very much prefer taking the re-entry program for ien instead of going through sec assessment, but crnbc requires me to undergo the assessment thing so i have no other choice but to yield.
    i think you'll find that the cards are stacked against you. the fact that you graduated five years ago and have never actually practiced nursing will make the sec very difficult. it will also make finding employment here a real challenge. employers are more interested in hiring people who, with a minimum of support and accommodation, will be able to hit the floor running and take on the same responsibilities as all the other nurses there. canadian hospital nursing is a high-tech, very complex working environment and to be successful the nurse needs every educational and skill advantage available. i wish you luck, and hope you're realistic enough to know it's not going to be easy.
  13. by   mt_66
    thanks janfrn, am sure got a lot of preparations to do. i am grateful though that crnbc granted my request for a re-entry program and i'll be starting this may 2009 (1st semester), surely this program will help me upgrade and get into the right track. i asked for a reschedule on my sec assessment, hoping that by then somehow i can already be confident enough to take it, though they are giving me only until jan. 14, 2010.

    god will surely see me through!

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