Hey 2nd/3rd time writers,
I too was devastated the first and second time that I recieved notice of my failure of the CRNE. Trust me no one thinks that it is possible to fail the first time, you study, you do practice questions and you think you will be alright. I only failed by 1, and two marks respectively so I was very frustrated and annoyed!
Thankfully the third time I wrote, I passed! I wrote October 2012, here is what I did to study:
1. began exactly 3 months prior to the exam (even though i had studied before and written twice before, trust me 3 months is the MINIMUM)
2. i studied monday-friday 4-5 hours a day
3. 1 month before i studied Monday- Sunday, 6 hours a day (dont be so precise, just make sure you complete your goals each day)
4. 3 weeks before- all i did was re-read my notes (which i wil explain later) and do practice questions, i did OVER 2300 questions.
5. I told myself I was able, I was going to accomplish this and that i was MEANT to be a nurse.
1. mosby review guide - Mosby's Comprehensive Review for the Canadian RN Exam, 1e: Amazon.ca: Janice Marshall-Henty, Cheryl Sams, Jonathon Bradshaw: Books
2. lipincott- question guide http://www.amazon.ca/Lippincotts-CRN.../dp/0781779073
3. mosby -Mosby's Prep Guide for the Canadian RN Exam: Practice Questions for Exam Success, 2e: Amazon.ca: Janice Marshall-Henty, Jonathon Bradshaw: Books
4. crne online readiness test (x2)
5. Primed education course (2 days) - PRIMED Educational Associates ~ Your Lifeline to the CRNE.
(the best CRNE review course OUT THERE)
6. PRIMED iphone app (100 questions)
7. facebook CRNE daily questions
HOW I studied:
I had typed my notes from the Mosby comprehensive review guide the first time I studied back when i wrote for the first time, so i took those notes and wrote them out by hand, paying attention to details- this took up the first month and a half
Then, I began studying those notes from the beginning, that took about 2 weeks but was also an ongoing process, at this point I hadnít done ANY of the practice questions because I wanted to save them for when I had completed the studying to truly test my readiness
After that, I began setting up my desk as though I was actually writing the crne, I would take 200 questions at a time, give myself 4 hours and simulate the actual testing centre.
I set a goal for myself and that was to get at least 75% on average for all the practice questions, if you do not get that I would not suggest writing it!!
Closer to the exam I took the primed education 2 day intensive course which was literally my lifesaver, it is a very advanced course meaning that if you havenít studied it wonít help because it will make you feel like you donít know anything, so go to it prepared. I went to it twice so I could really study the material because there is a lot. They give you a study guide and a bunch of questions. The teachers all have a Masters in Nursing or are Nurse practitioners, so they are very well equipped to teach you. Withouth this course I would NOT have passed, they teach you the little things and connect dots for you which you canít get on your own.
I did the passnurse.com course offered by the authors of the mosby prep guide but it was a BIG waste of time, they are completely useless *sorrry*
Anyways, after I did all the practice questions from the texts, I did the online crne readiness test and used that as my final measure to decide if I wanted to write, I scored a 75% average from the two online tests (40$ for 2 I believe, but you can find a coupon).
From there I asked myself, do I feel ready, do I want to write and have I studied enough? I decided I was ready I truly felt that I had given it my all. And I think that is key if you donít feel like you are ready, you probably arenít and you should trust youfself. You donít want to look back at this moment 5,10 years from now and regret not studying for 3 more months because in the grand scheme of things, 1 year is not that long you can wait for it if you really want it.
Here are my tips:
- Know your blood gasses by heart
- Know your math inside out
(the above two are at least 4-5 easy marks on the exam, how many of you failed by only a few marks!!? Think about that)
- Know diabetes insulin peak and drop times
- Hypotonic, isotonic and hypertonic solutions, why and which one is which
- Maternity- when to go to the hospital, placeta abrupto vs. previa
- Peads Ė you are pro immunizations, always. Why do babies need mmr particularly rubella. What age do babies get their vaccines (only common ones because it is not standard in all of canaada), baby vitals- new borns to all ages. How many wet diapers do babies have/poopie diapers. Where do you give injections in babies, newbrons, toddlers etc. jaundice and phototherapy.
- Chest tubes, bubbling, suction, emergency situations
- Elderly- dimentia, falls risk, hip replacement bed positionng
- Restraints Ė when why doctors order
- Prostate cancer, bph,
- Lung collapse- common in who/age group/physical appearance?
- Palliative is family centred
- Z-trac method
Hope this helps guys