Anyone else studying for CCRN exam? - page 7

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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    Quote from stressgal
    I bought the Laura Gasparis Vonforolio cd's and book this spring, have viewed them at leisure. I had originally considered taking the test "this fall" but haven't been studying much with summer and some family illness issues. I actually haven't even been to allnurses since May! I had the day off today and thought I would check in. I am so glad you guys are here and have started this thread. Add me to your list of study buddies.
    I am thinking November would be an opportune time to sit for the exam. My facility will reimburse me for the exam and membership once I have passed. No big hourly pay increase but it does count in the carreer ladder program so I will see some financial benefit. With that said, I also hear from seasoned RN's who don't have the certification the negative comments stated by other posters. I too am completing this for my own satisfaction and knowledge and they can do/say whatever they want. It doesn't effect me. I have pretty much decided that no one needs to know when I'm taking it. I'll let them know when I pass.
    Keep me posted on your progress, and thanks for re-motivating me. I'm off to study!
    Allright!!!! Thanks so much for joining our little group!!! It is my intention to keep this thread going on into the future, I would actually like it to include those who already have their CCRN as well, to offer support and speak to how it has changed their practice, there are a few who post here occasionally. So far here are the people who are in the process of studying and who are following the thread that I know of: ElizabethJRN, Burnt2, Emernurse, Hoozdo, CardiacRN2006, ruralRN, Stressgal and myself. We lost roo-tang.
    I believe Hoozdo will be the first to test on 7/25. I also think most of us are night nurses and I believe we are all using Dr Laura's material as one of our primary sources of material. (If any of this is wrong, I apologize). I will send you a personal message with the tips I have received on what to memorize for the exam. It is really inspiring to be in communication with like minded nurses who are positive about nursing and want to empower their careers and practices.

    :groupwelcome: all of us when we pass!!!
  2. Visit  Burnt2 profile page
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    Study update:

    I'm focusing on endocrine today; i watched the AACN and the gasparis endo dvds this morning, I'm watching them again before work tonight; i'm also taking the mp3's to work on my ipod just in case it's slow.

    As a side: Gasparis is definitely better; she just gives you what you need to know. The AACN speaker straight out said "we won''t test you on adrenal insufficiency" and then went into a bunch of slides talking about diagnosis and treatment.

    nurse power!:spin::spin:
  3. Visit  deeDawntee profile page
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    Quote from Burnt2
    Study update:

    I'm focusing on endocrine today; i watched the AACN and the gasparis endo dvds this morning, I'm watching them again before work tonight; i'm also taking the mp3's to work on my ipod just in case it's slow.

    As a side: Gasparis is definitely better; she just gives you what you need to know. The AACN speaker straight out said "we won''t test you on adrenal insufficiency" and then went into a bunch of slides talking about diagnosis and treatment.

    nurse power!:spin::spin:
    That's cool, you are learning even if you won't be tested. Next time you have a guy with adrenal insufficiency you can yell,"get me the glucocorticoids stat!!!!" LOL
  4. Visit  Burnt2 profile page
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    I have such a tiny brain though....oh well, you're right....I tend to have a negative attitude sometimes


    does anyone here do cvvh/prisma? I'm looking for some kind of online ed thing
  5. Visit  deeDawntee profile page
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    Isn't cvvh constant hemodialysis and prisma a wound dressing? In any case we do ultrafiltration at our hospital and daily dialysis runs but I have yet to see anyone on CVVH. In other words, I don't know.
  6. Visit  ElizabethJRN profile page
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    PRISMA is the actual brand of one of the CVVHD machine. We do CVVHD but I have yet to be trained, since they keep canceling the class. And yes, I have complained about that. Sorry, I'm no help!
  7. Visit  stressgal profile page
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    Burnt 2

    I noticed you comment:
    "i'm also taking the mp3's to work on my ipod just in case it's slow. "

    How did you transfer this to mp3? I have the DVD copy, am I able to do this as well? I'm rather new to mp3's and downloading audio. Any help would be greatly appriciated. I am unable to get online at work and would love to have a way to study while working, or in transit.
    Thanks.
    Stressgal
  8. Visit  Burnt2 profile page
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    Erm.....ended up using the twice-as-toughs and a couple security guys at work last night, so I didn't get to listen to those mp3's
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    Quote from Burnt2
    Erm.....ended up using the twice-as-toughs and a couple security guys at work last night, so I didn't get to listen to those mp3's
    OK Burnt, you have lost me on that terminology. What is the twice-as-toughs? Sounds like locked restraints perhaps? Drug OD?
    I had a pt with a pressure in the 70's, an EF of 10%, vented and on Dobutamine/diprivan. She had infarcted with clean coronaries!! Trops and CKMB's sky high. Recent lung CA with questionable mets to the brain. Then I had a 23 yo who has some congenital nephropathy with a creatinine of 2.3 who was doing coccaine, marijuana and ETOH. He came in with a pressure of 220/140's/Nipride gtt. and a severe head ache. So my night flew by? Not much time to study. But an interesting case or two.
  10. Visit  Burnt2 profile page
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    Ooo, that vented patient sounds interesting....some kind of anoxic injury maybe? did she arrest? air emboli?

    I love those kind of patients


    twice as toughs are our hospitals super-restraints
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  11. Visit  ElizabethJRN profile page
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    This is what I love about the ICU, figuring out mysteries. I love working at a large teaching hospital, we have a lot of patients that make us "think"

    Guys, I have been slacking this weekend. I've been getting migraines almost everyday the past couple weeks, I finally get to go to the neurology clinic this coming week. Maybe I'll feel up to studying later in the week. Anyone else know when they're testing yet? I still haven't decided:uhoh21:
  12. Visit  BeckyKRN profile page
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    I am planning on taking the CCRN exam in the near future. I am trying to find some online material without having to buy too much to study for it. Let me know what you find out!
  13. Visit  deeDawntee profile page
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    Quote from BeckyKRN
    I am planning on taking the CCRN exam in the near future. I am trying to find some online material without having to buy too much to study for it. Let me know what you find out!

    YYYYAAAAAYYYYYY BeckyKRN, you have found the right thread!! This is what the consensus here has been basically: Get Laura Gasparis Vonfrolios DVD course it is $150 from her website greatnurses.com. Some people have found it on ebay and you could certainly sell it on ebay afterwards if you felt you could part with it!! (She is something else, what an empowering teacher, you may want to keep it!!) Then get her book of questions for the CCRN and their rationales: Critical Care Examination Review by Laura Gasparis Vonfrolis, the best price for this is on Amazon.com 19.11. Also there is one more highly recommended resource Pass CCRN by Robin Donohoe Dennison, it is a huge resource which is good for a reference only, but what is important is that it comes with disc of questions only and their rationales. People on this thread said those questions were a very helpful practice. I'm not sure what the going rate is for material maybe 40-50, you can get that on Amazon.com. Also people on this thread have found some really good websites.
    www.chartingandassessment.com/CCRN (from ruralRN) and www.pacep.org (from Burnt2).
    I am so glad that you have found us!!! Hope this helps, others will respond as well.

    :groupwelcome: the 9 of us after we pass!!
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