PCCN review questions ?

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    I plan on giving my PCCN test in a few weeks. I have been reviewing material from woodruffs course/CDs...but he does not have a whole lot of questions. Conceptually the material is good but i feel i need to practice more questions.
    Could someone who has sat for the test please recommend a source, that, in hindsight was really good and helpful?

    Also hope to do the CMC after this , so, sources to review for that would be helpful as well.

    Thanks in advance!

    lee
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    What is PCCN test? ??
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    Progressive Care Certification, usually stepdown or tele units
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    I bought the practice test from the AACN website and it was certainly worth the money. It is very similar in style, content, and level of difficulty to the actual test as it is written by the same people who write the exam. Good luck and kudos to you for pursuing certification!
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    I did the AACN practice test too. Loved David Woodruff's course but wanted more practice. I reviewed questions from Pass CCRN and that helped some. For the CMC I got the review course from Med-Ed and it was very helpful.
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    Is there career advantages for taking the PCCN exam? Thanks
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    Just wondering how different PCCN is from CCRN? I know PCCN is for progressive care/stepdown/telemetry nurses and CCRN is typically for ICU nurses, but I thought about buying the "Pass CCRN!" book to help prep for the PCCN. There doesn't seem to be a lot of PCCN review books out there. There is one from the AACN but based on reviews there are supposedly a lot of errors in it :/
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    Quote from turnforthenurseRN
    Just wondering how different PCCN is from CCRN? I know PCCN is for progressive care/stepdown/telemetry nurses and CCRN is typically for ICU nurses, but I thought about buying the "Pass CCRN!" book to help prep for the PCCN. There doesn't seem to be a lot of PCCN review books out there. There is one from the AACN but based on reviews there are supposedly a lot of errors in it :/

    studying for the ccrn should adequately prepare you for the pccn (until more resources become available. ahrens has one, but his products havent been kindly reviewed, despite his prestigious academic role at wash u. altho i did like his little book back in the 90s for a quick review--loaded with errors tho)

    you can not overstudy for that ccrn. seriously. make sure you are ready. imo, study for months, not weeks. put the information into long-term memory, read the rationales extensively.

    you could study for the cen and cfrn too as there is some cross-over in the event u r not good at test questions--they can be tricky

    best
    first
    priority
    most important

    etc

    they just love that priority one for the cen

    they will give u correct answers, but u must pick the priority..........

    airway isnt always the scenario option, otherwise we know it is airway
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    Passed my PCCN recently although just barely. It felt like it was 90% cardio and resp and ABG calculations, although that was probably not the case. I rushed through prep and my resources were a PCCN qbook, some free to use online reviews and questions, borrowed another qbank from a friend who is also prepping, and having recently completed our in house critical care class.
    Definitely something you should study for, and well.
    How does it help: well our place is heading towards magnet status and they are pushing for us to get our certifications, so it earned brownie points there. Plus if i relocate from here, its aother way of saying i knew what i was supposed to for this level of care (i work in icu step down/tele)
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    Quote from zcoq72mehs
    studying for the ccrn should adequately prepare you for the pccn (until more resources become available. ahrens has one, but his products havent been kindly reviewed, despite his prestigious academic role at wash u. altho i did like his little book back in the 90s for a quick review--loaded with errors tho)

    you can not overstudy for that ccrn. seriously. make sure you are ready. imo, study for months, not weeks. put the information into long-term memory, read the rationales extensively.

    you could study for the cen and cfrn too as there is some cross-over in the event u r not good at test questions--they can be tricky

    best
    first
    priority
    most important

    etc

    they just love that priority one for the cen

    they will give u correct answers, but u must pick the priority..........

    airway isnt always the scenario option, otherwise we know it is airway
    Thank you. I do not qualify for the CCRN because I work primarily in progressive care (even though I float to ICU occasionally, 99% of my "patient care hours" will qualify me for the PCCN, not CCRN) but I was thinking of just buying the "Pass CCRN!" book to help me prepare for the PCCN since PCCN resources are limited. I thought about buying David Woodruff's course prep but I honestly do not feel like paying over $200 for it.


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