I wanted to get my cardiovascular RN certification.
I started studying the topics and when I went to the website to do a bunch of test questions, I did great.
Then I realized I needed to get my 30 hours of CEUs to sit for the exam. Since my hospital wasn't reimbursing for conferences, it seemed like a great idea was to get the ANCC Cardiac Vascular Nursing book which, upon completion and successful submission of a separate test, grants you the 30 required CEUs. I thought I could kill two birds with one stone by reading this book-- CEUs plus studying.
Instead, this book is KILLING ME. Has anyone else tried to read it? It's so dry. Information is in never-ending bulleted lists. Important points are presented the same way as much less important points, making it hard to mentally organize. Originally, I was off full speed studying for the exam. Now I"m at a dead halt. I feel like I'll never get through with this book and it's killing my desire to even take the darn certification. Should I push through? Should I shell out the money for conferences and forget the book?
Mar 9, '12
by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
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I am finding it hard to believe that someone read this thing cover-to-cover. Maybe my problem is that I try to aborb every detail when I study.
and1ccrn, how did your co-worker get her CEUs if she only borrowed your book to study? ANCC is slick now with granting their 30 CEUs- you have to provide an order number that can only be used once for each book.
I no longer work in ICU so I believe by the time you sit for the exam, you have to have a certain number of hours/year related to the certification you're taking. So I can sit for a CV but not for CCRN anymore.
The CSC and CMC you mention are AACN certifications. Does anyone even know what's the deal with those two organizations now? I heard one ate the other or it's supposed to...
That's so they can make as much money as possible from you......anything for a buck, JMHO
Last edit by Esme12 on Mar 9, '12