Anyone else studying for CCRN exam? - page 111

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Is there anyone else out there who is currently studying for the CCRN exam and would like to start a thread as perhaps a study and support group? I have just applied for the exam and have not yet set a date, but about in 3... Read More


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    I 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?
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    I 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?
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    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!
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    Quote from nursemaReN
    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!
    Thanks 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....
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    I'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!
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    Thanks for the reply! So, if I go that route, do you know what it takes to keep up with both certifications?
    According 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.

    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.
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    So just wondering, what was harder...the NCLEX or the PCCN/CCRN?
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    I 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!
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    Just passed CCRN with a score of 103/125. I probably studied on and off for a few months. I used Laura Gasparis's DVDs, her CCRN questions book and the Pass CCRN cd. I was usually getting high 60s-low 70s on the practice tests on the cd and book. Good luck all.
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    I just took CCRN and I used Gasparis DVD watched them and took notes. She sends you a book with all her slides so I took notes in that book. Then 95 percent of my time was focused on doing pass CCRN questions by Dennison. I honestly believe that if you practice questions you will be successful. Also just make sure you fully understand the rationales. Also review your basic critical care knowledge such as the types of shock and hemodynamics of it. DI and SIADH lab values serum and urine. Neuro review your normal ICP, how to tell if you have CSF drainage. . . Basically Gasparis review should be enough. So overall spend time reviewing do a lot of practice questions and review your rationales.


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