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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... Read More

  1. Visit  deeDawntee profile page
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    OK my fellow CCRNers!! I am giddy with excitement and joy!! I am sitting here with the patient I was talking about last night who was warming up on the hypothermic protocol. Before I left, the neurologist was here and it didn't look good. He had negative doll eyes, no response to pain, the only improvement was a very weak cough reflex with suctioning. I wasn't very hopeful when I left. But when I came back to night, the man is back, there is a spirit back in his body!! He is following commands, moving all extremities and can answer simple questions by nodding or shaking his head. I even had to get a restraint order so he wouldn't pull out his ET tube. I have never been so joyful in my whole career having to call for a restraint order!!! It is truly miraculous. The family doesn't even know at this point. I hope one of them calls so I can tell them or that someone comes in early. The family wants a family conference tomorrow to discuss end of life issues. They don't know how well he is doing!!! Isn't that the coolest?? (no pun intended) I just had to share with somebody!!!

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  3. Visit  ElizabethJRN profile page
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    This hypothermia protocol sounds very interesting, I wonder if we have a similar one on our CVICU...we don't on our MICU. I might have to check into it Do they use this protocol for anything else besides cardiac MI's/arrests? I don't know anything about it.
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    I googled hypothermia treatment and there isn't much out there about it as yet. I know that it is fairly new. There is an actual cooling vest with a sticky substance on it that sticks to the skin, and goes around the abdomen, lower chest and legs. There is a machine called "Arctic Sun" which is manufactured specifically for this kind of thing. You take a core bladder temp (usually) and hook it to the machine, and it does everything else for you. It takes about 8-10 hours to get the body cooled down to about 91 degrees and they stay at that temp for 12 hours. That is when paralytics and sedatives are used. You do not want these people shivering, they need to be totally at rest, with no metabolic demands whatsoever. Then it takes about 12 hours to rewarm them. The heart is very susceptible to vfib when it is cold. You stimulate them as little as possible. No finger sticks. Turn them gently. If they are a larger person they are put on a rotation bed so that we don't have to move them whatsoever. I am looking into more information about it. Apparently an article was written about it in one of the recent nursing journals. It is truly miraculous.
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  5. Visit  deeDawntee profile page
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    OK everybody how is studying going? I haven't studied for several days with my work schedule and need to get reinspired. Anybody have any word of inspiration out there? How about you Hooz??? You CCRN certified nurse you!!!!

    zzzzz
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    Quote from deeDawntee
    OK everybody how is studying going? I haven't studied for several days with my work schedule and need to get reinspired. Anybody have any word of inspiration out there? How about you Hooz??? You CCRN certified nurse you!!!!

    zzzzz
    Hooz has been busy at work, LOL.

    OK, here's my inspirational message. I decided I am NEVER going to take that test again I am going to keep my certification current by doing CEUs or whatever is required. It's sort of like the NCLEX...........none of us want that experience again

    Another study tip that might help - take a week off of work and do nothing but study for CCRN. That worked for me. The on again/off again study did nothing for my retention of the material. Take good notes during the Dr. Laura tapes so you only have to ask once.

    I had to laugh, the woman next to me next to the test was making weird body movements and I could tell she was going through the mnemonics for SAIDH from the tapes. I almost started laughing! I constantly had Dr Laura statments going through my head during the test, like "when I say SAIDH, you say WATER". I highly recommend the tapes!
  7. Visit  deeDawntee profile page
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    Quote from Hoozdo
    Hooz has been busy at work, LOL.

    OK, here's my inspirational message. I decided I am NEVER going to take that test again I am going to keep my certification current by doing CEUs or whatever is required. It's sort of like the NCLEX...........none of us want that experience again

    Another study tip that might help - take a week off of work and do nothing but study for CCRN. That worked for me. The on again/off again study did nothing for my retention of the material. Take good notes during the Dr. Laura tapes so you only have to ask once.

    I had to laugh, the woman next to me next to the test was making weird body movements and I could tell she was going through the mnemonics for SAIDH from the tapes. I almost started laughing! I constantly had Dr Laura statments going through my head during the test, like "when I say SAIDH, you say WATER". I highly recommend the tapes!
    Thanks HOOOOZZZ!!!! Don't you absolutely love that woman!!
    Honest to God, I love to say to people at work: "Another life saved for 1/3rd the salary of a plumber!!" or "You need a nurse to save your life!!" Thanks for the inspiration!!!
  8. Visit  deeDawntee profile page
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    Check out this CCRN video from Youtube!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSt_QCiG1Iw
  9. Visit  Hoozdo profile page
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    Two thumbs up to this video. Please notice in the first sentence she says, as long as you score 100% of some areas; you will pass the CCRN.

    Please note ********I have said before I am very weak in cardiac******* Heck, I had to teach myself how to read a 12 lead EKG and which lead were what. Despite my weakness, I passed.

    To give you some motivation, the following were my scores:

    cardiac - a measly 53% :trout:
    pulmonary - 86%
    endocrine - 100%
    hematology/immunology - 80% (I thought? I was very strong in that area)
    neurology - 100%
    GI - 71% (thought I was strong in that too!)
    Renal - 67%
    multisystem (shock, I love shock) - 80%
    professional/synergy model - 92% (these are therapeutic communication questions.......easy, peasy)

    See my friends - you can do it. Look at my 53% in cardio - hard to admit to in the CVICU forum

    Pick something easy and make sure you know enough to score 100% in. That is my tip for the day, (a day consisting of 4 nights in a row totaling over 55 hours, and 14 hours today :uhoh21

    And Dawn, I wished I worked with you......I think we could have lots of fun and be very productive together.
    Last edit by Hoozdo on Jul 30, '07
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  10. Visit  deeDawntee profile page
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    Quote from Hoozdo
    Two thumbs up to this video. Please notice in the first sentence she says, as long as you score 100% of some areas; you will pass the CCRN.

    Please note ********I have said before I am very weak in cardiac******* Heck, I had to teach myself how to read a 12 lead EKG and which lead were what. Despite my weakness, I passed.

    To give you some motivation, the following were my scores:

    cardiac - a measly 53% :trout:
    pulmonary - 86%
    endocrine - 100%
    hematology/immunology - 80% (I thought? I was very strong in that area)
    neurology - 100%
    GI - 71% (thought I was strong in that too!)
    Renal - 67%
    multisystem (shock, I love shock) - 80%
    professional/synergy model - 92% (these are therapeutic communication questions.......easy, peasy)

    See my friends - you can do it. Look at my 53% in cardio - hard to admit to in the CVICU forum

    Pick something easy and make sure you know enough to score 100% in. That is my tip for the day, (a day consisting of 4 nights in a row totaling over 55 hours, and 14 hours today :uhoh21

    And Dawn, I wished I worked with you......I think we could have lots of fun and be very productive together.
    That is sooooo sweet Hooz!!! Hey, I have 3 dogs at home!!! Dogs are the best and I love shock too. They are the funnest patients!!
    OK where do you live, maybe we'll have to move!!!! hehe

    HEY and those scores look damn good for someone who partied in Vegas the week before her CCRN exam, you little stinker you!!!!

    I'm looking at doing my exam 8/13, I am not sure yet, or 8/23. I'll let you know. (I have until 10/10 but don't want to wait that long).
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    Quote from deeDawntee

    I'm looking at doing my exam 8/13, I am not sure yet, or 8/23. I'll let you know. (I have until 10/10 but don't want to wait that long).
    Exactly! I had until December to take my CCRN for my work bonus. 4 bucks an hour which they already paid me for.....as long as I passed before December I retained the 4 bucks an hour.

    Why wait till December when I could take it now? I wanted that test OUT OF THE WAY! :trout:

    Will PM you where I live......don't want to reveal my identity! If someone were to study hard enough on my user name; they would know where I lived
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    Quote from Hoozdo
    Passed
    If I did it, you all can do it too! I have finally figured out what the synergy model is---------a fancy name for therapeutic communication. I loved those synergy model questions :wink2:

    There was a lady at the next computer BANGING her calculator for about an hour disturbing me. I don't know what test she was taking, I didn't need a calculator for anything. Total test time=2 hours, 3 hours allowed.

    Thanks for your encouragement!




    umpiron::icon_hug:

    Congratulations!!!!
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  13. Visit  nursing 101 profile page
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    Hi guys,
    I am soo happy you guys started this thread I haven't been on for awhile. I have been in the SICU for a total of 7 months and I am about to be off of orientation pretty soon ( I had a baby in between) actually this week to be precise, is my last week on orientation. I have found that I can not retain the stuff that I don't see everyday even little things like Dobutamine and finding that I have to constantly look up stuff that I should already know, I think my hormones are messed up from the baby... LOL!
    Anyway I have read most of this thread and I feel like I want to take the exam and probably shoot for June of next year? Do you guys think it's too early?
    I also want you guys to point me in the right direction in terms of really learning this material and which material helps for both practice and testing, I don't want to just memorize, I am usually good at studying for a test but what good is it if I can't put it into to practice? That is why I am giving myself alot of time. We do see alot in our ICU, swanz, Xigris, CVVHD, you name it I have seen it and I want to take advantage of it.
    I am so happy you guys started this thread! Thanks for all replies.
  14. Visit  deeDawntee profile page
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    Hey Nursing 101 !!
    So glad that you found the thread!! This thread has been quiet the last week or so. I think you have found the right group of people: Really nice people, who really want to empower their practice by studying for this exam.

    I will give you my input into what I think has been the most helpful in studying for the test. I LOVE Dr Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio's DVD course on the CCRN. Check out her website at greatnurses.com. ($150)People also find it on ebay occasionally. She also has a review book that consists of all questions and their rationales, the best price is on Amazon.com for about $19. Also, the Robin Donohoe Dennison CCRN review is a very good resource to have. What is really useful is the disc of questions that come with the book. I was told NOT to use the book for studying because it contains way more information then one needs for the exam, but to use it as a resource for areas you may not understand. It is also something you would find useful in your library ongoingly as a good resource.

    This process has been extremely empowering for me personally. I have been an ICU nurse for about 1 year and it has helped SOOOO much to build my confidence and to reinforce knowledge from the ICU course I took. That you already are thinking about it is SUCH a smart idea! I am planning on keeping this thread going and be involved with people as they take the exam. I think it is a blast, to tell you the truth. But people come in and out of being involved here. I really don't want the thread to die....but I don't think I can do it alone!!!!! hehehe I hope you get more responses about what is helping other people in their studying, although I think we are all basically on the same page and share cool stuff as we come upon it.

    I like that we also can share interesting patients, it helps solidify knowledge. And I think we are also here to support each other in general as well. Hopefully that is not too much to ask of one little thread!!!!

    So WELCOME to our little cadre of nurses on this quest for more knowledge and competency in dealing with our patients, coworkers and Docs!!!!



    :groupwelcome:


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