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- Dec 8, '11 by punkstarI had a quick question for you guys. After passing the CCRN, I feel like I can also pass the CEN. Should I just take it? People say CEN is easier than CCRN. Advice?
- Jan 13, '12 by Spoiled1I currently work in a step down(intermediate critical care) and I'm interested in taking the PCCN. However Im looking to leave this area to work in a CCU. I have been work in step down for over a year now, do you think if I studied hard enough I could just go ahead and take the CCRN instead of PCCN? Or should I just wait?
- Jan 13, '12 by nursemaReNI just transfered from CT stepdown to CCU. I've been in CCU for about a year. Take your PCCN, then get your ICU experience and take your CCRN. You wont regret it. The more certifications you have, the better you look Good luck!
- Jan 13, '12 by Spoiled1Quote from nursemaReNThanks for the reply! So, if I go that route, do you know what it takes to keep up with both certifications? This is off topic, but how do you like CCU? I am hoping to put in a transfer next week, but wanted to talk to the manager about the unit first. The thought of working in a CCU is exciting and terrifying all at the same time....I just transfered from CT stepdown to CCU. I've been in CCU for about a year. Take your PCCN, then get your ICU experience and take your CCRN. You wont regret it. The more certifications you have, the better you look Good luck!
- Feb 12, '12 by nursemaReNI'm sorry I just saw this reply! I think both the PCCN and the CCRN require CEUs to keep it up, Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that the CCRN requires a little bit more in the realm of CEUs to keep it up, you have to have so many over the course of a couple years. It's not that big of a deal I don't think, you have to have so many anyway to keep up your license, etc. (at least in NC you have to where I am)
I love the CCU! It's a totally different world than Surgery. Although, i do pick up from time to time in the CTICU just to keep my toes wet with surgery Its hard work, but you will never stop learning. I work in a level 1 hospital so we get the sickest of the sick waiting for transplants. We also do a lot of conscious sedation, Induced hyporthermia, Swans, balloons, Pressors, inotropes, etc.
Just keep reading and learning as much as you can! You'll be great!
- Mar 7, '12 by turnforthenurseRNQuote from Spoiled1According to the AACN, both the PCCN and CCRN require 100 CERPs (Continuing Education Recognition Points) in various categories (A, B, & C). Check out www.certcorp.org. You also have the option of retaking the exam.Thanks for the reply! So, if I go that route, do you know what it takes to keep up with both certifications?
Right now I am studying for the PCCN. I work in progressive care. I think I would eventually like to end up in a CCU or CTICU/CVICU. I'm using the Pass CCRN! book to study along with listening to the CCRN podcasts on iTunes, which are very informative.
- Mar 7, '12 by turnforthenurseRNSo just wondering, what was harder...the NCLEX or the PCCN/CCRN?
- Feb 7 by mandyriessI took the PCCN and passed... I mainly studied the Laura gasperis question book and the study guide she gives out at her review. Someone at my facility has both the ccrn and pccn and said they were almost the same test except the pccn doesn't have swans and such. I would highly encourage all cc nurses to seek certifications!