CCRN Certification

  1. Hello All =)

    I just had a question for all of you who have obtained your CCRN. First off, congrats! I've heard about how hard the test can be, and it certainly is a huge accomplishment. I am looking to go for mine, but I am confused about one of the requirements. I understand the acute care hours requirement of 1,750, however does this have to be within two years, or can I have aquired this amount in a year? It reads:

    "Practice as a registered nurse is required for 1,750 hours in direct bedside care of acutely and/or critically ill patients during the 2-year period prior to application"

    Does that mean I need to have been a nurse for two years?

    Thank you!!
    Kara
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   diprifan
    It can be within one year, 10 months, or 18 months... as long as you have met the hours requirement.

    The 2 year statement refers to the hours being within the last 2 years, no greater.
  4. by   KBICU
    Quote from nursenick20
    It can be within one year, 10 months, or 18 months... as long as you have met the hours requirement.

    The 2 year statement refers to the hours being within the last 2 years, no greater.
    Thank you!!
  5. by   NeuroRN123
    The biggest kicker is 875 of those hrs have to be within the last year.
  6. by   GaMommy81
    I work in an acute care setting and I would like to get CCRN certified. I will have the hours required to test in October. Will this certification make me more marketable for ICU jobs? I have heard that the test is difficult so I am beginning to study now. Has anyone taken the test without working in ICU and passed?
    Last edit by GaMommy81 on May 7, '13 : Reason: Punctuation
  7. by   lmccrn62
    You are supposed to be working in a critical care setting with the required hours. It can't just be med surg.
  8. by   chare
    Quote from lmccrn62
    You are supposed to be working in a critical care setting with the required hours. It can't just be med surg.
    I don't think that this is correct. The AACN no longer requires practice in a critical care unit as a requirement to sit for the CCRN examination, and hasn't for several years. The CCRN/PCCN Exam Handbook lists the following practice requirement to sit for the CCRN:
    Practice as an RN or APRN is required for 1,750 hours in direct bedside care of acutely and/or critically ill patients during the previous 2 years, with 875 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application. Eligible hours are those spent caring for the patient population (adult, pediatric or neonatal) of the exam for which you are applying.
  9. by   SummitRN
    Depends how you interpret that statement... what does CCRN mean if one has a CCRN but no crit care experience?
  10. by   lmccrn62
    Quote from chare
    I don't think that this is correct. The AACN no longer requires practice in a critical care unit as a requirement to sit for the CCRN examination, and hasn't for several years. The CCRN/PCCN Exam Handbook lists the following practice requirement to sit for the CCRN:
    You have to work in patients who are critically ill or acutely ill. This means high acuity patients not just a general med- surg floor.
  11. by   CCRNCMC11
    The ccrn is only for icu. If you work in a tele/step down floor then you get your pccn. You need icu experience because the test is very difficult. You can't get the necessary knowledge by working Er or med-surg, etc.
  12. by   KBICU
    Quote from CCRNCMC11
    The ccrn is only for icu. If you work in a tele/step down floor then you get your pccn. You need icu experience because the test is very difficult. You can't get the necessary knowledge by working Er or med-surg, etc.
    I work in a PCU and tele and I've seen a mix of both
  13. by   StayLost
    Quote from CCRNCMC11
    The ccrn is only for icu...You need icu experience because the test is very difficult. You can't get the necessary knowledge by working Er or med-surg, etc.
    AACN Website states, "The clinical setting [for CCRN candidates] may include, but is not limited to ICUs, CCUs, emergency departments, trauma units, interventional radiology/cardiology units, or critical care transport/light."

    http://www.aacn.org/wd/certifications/content/consumer-whatiscert.pcms?menu=


    I know a ton of ER nurses that have pass the CCRN exam.
  14. by   SummitRN
    So, ER is OK, but PCU and Tele are not.
    Makes sense... I think ICU is counted for CEN.

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