PCCN Review Information Needed Please

  1. 1 I have read many threads regarding PCCN preparation. I was hoping to start studying for the exam to possibly test in about 3 months. Many people have recommended different study material. I was wondering, since most of those postings were in the past and most of you have probably tested by now, if you could enlighten me on what worked best for you.

    I have ordered AACN Essentials of Progressive Care Nursing and Critical Care Examination Review.

    I was hoping to also order a study program and have narrowed it down to David Woodruff's PCCN Review or Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio's CCRN Study Review.

    I had read in some postings, that there is a difference between studying for the CCRN and PCCN. I have heard only good things about Laura Gasparis Vonfrolios review. Do you think her review is OK for a PCCN study guide.

    Thank you in advance. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  3. Visit  wasabiRN profile page

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    Joined Oct '07; Posts: 9; Likes: 4.

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  4. Visit  loryces profile page
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    I took the PCCN exam just last July and thankfully I passed. I tried using the CCRN reviewers but it tends to get confusing since the focus of CCRN is different to that of the PCCN. I also tried using the AACN's progressive care book but it didn't really help me. What I used was David Woodruff's PCCN audio review and the CD-ROM from AACN. Listening over and over to the CDs really helped.

    EDIT:
    I just checked out ebay and they're selling David Woodruff's PCCN review.
    Last edit by loryces on Aug 9, '08 : Reason: to add more information
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  5. Visit  Quaffetti profile page
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    If you go to AACN.org they have a practice test you can take (you have to pay) that will give you an idea if you are prepared.

    I studied a lot, but unfortunately I studied the wrong things. Things popped up on the test that I had never encountered. But I passed. I thought it was a really hard test though.

    I plan to stay certified so I never have to take the test again.
  6. Visit  ophirose profile page
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    I took the PCCN exam in August and passed--thankfully! It was honestly the most difficult exam that I have taken yet. I only used the AACN Essentials of Progressive Care Nursing and the online Pre-Test. I bought a CCRN review book (the kind with practice questions) and did not find it helpful at all. Study the topics on the outline available at the AACN website, as well as your application packet. That will help you as well. Good Luck with your Exam!
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  7. Visit  smcabee profile page
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    I took it in oct of this month and passed. Was a very difficult test. We had an inhouse PCCN review in August and I studied David Woodruffs course as well.
  8. Visit  nicolein profile page
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    Hi there if i'm not too late try David Woodruff Cds or aacn dvd package. AACN also sells a 120 question booklet and there is a self assessment exam. I am taking the test soon. Let me know if this info helps any.

    GOOD LUCK

    SOON TO BE FELLOW PCCN
  9. Visit  wasabiRN profile page
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    Update...I took the PCCN in February and passed. Hard test though. By the 100th question I was ready to go home. I studied Woodruff and Gasparis. Thanks for all the input.
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  10. Visit  sandie2 profile page
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    Hi all,
    I took my PCCN yesterday and unfortunately i lost it for 4 questions... It was a hard test. Can anyone out there give me some advices about how & what to study and all? also any suggestions are welcome... i have to pass this test...
    I used the PCCN certification review book with 1000's of Q&A, but for some reason the questions i had for the real test was entirely different....
    I am thinking about studying the theory more with the AACN blueprint...
    Please help..........
  11. Visit  sam945 profile page
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    I thought David Woodruff's review course was great. I passed the exam on the first try. I did use AACN's self assessment test as well, just to boost my confidence and prove to myself that I was ready.
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  12. Visit  nursej22 profile page
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    I used Woodruff's study guide and passed on the first try last year. I listened to his cd's on my way to work and used his methods: timeline, limiting study per night, and flash cards.
    I found the most useful part was his blood gases section.
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  13. Visit  annatuesday profile page
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    Quote from wasabiRN
    I have read many threads regarding PCCN preparation. I was hoping to start studying for the exam to possibly test in about 3 months. Many people have recommended different study material. I was wondering, since most of those postings were in the past and most of you have probably tested by now, if you could enlighten me on what worked best for you.


    I have ordered AACN Essentials of Progressive Care Nursing and Critical Care Examination Review.

    I was hoping to also order a study program and have narrowed it down to David Woodruff's PCCN Review or Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio's CCRN Study Review.

    I had read in some postings, that there is a difference between studying for the CCRN and PCCN. I have heard only good things about Laura Gasparis Vonfrolios review. Do you think her review is OK for a PCCN study guide.

    Thank you in advance. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    I have bought the Brorsen PCCN review book. It seems thorough. I am now looking for an audio program that I can listen to in the car since I drive quite a bit. After reading about David Woodruff program on this post, I checked it out. I believe the CD offered are for following along a textbook. Can anyone help clarify if his program can be used (understandable) in a car audio system alone without having to follow along with the text? Wish I can get my hands on a copy to see what it is like before spending all that money. Thank you in advance for anyone who can help.

    Anna
  14. Visit  turnforthenurseRN profile page
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    Quote from annatuesday
    I have bought the Brorsen PCCN review book. It seems thorough. I am now looking for an audio program that I can listen to in the car since I drive quite a bit. After reading about David Woodruff program on this post, I checked it out. I believe the CD offered are for following along a textbook. Can anyone help clarify if his program can be used (understandable) in a car audio system alone without having to follow along with the text? Wish I can get my hands on a copy to see what it is like before spending all that money. Thank you in advance for anyone who can help.

    Anna
    I have an answer for you in regards to his CDs, but if you're trying to get a grasp on his teaching style, search his videos on Youtube (ed4nurses). I think he is a phenomenal educator...I just wish his PCCN review package was cheaper!
  15. Visit  nicolein profile page
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    I have used David woodruff CDs as well as the AACN CDs as well. However the blue print did change since I took my exam not by much. I think a few disorders were added and a couple taken out!! Anyone interested PM me!!


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