I worked in a step down or progressive care floor for a year. I'm now work in the CTICU. I want to take the CCRN eventually. However, I'm a bit confused on the eligibility requirements.
Tne AACN says, "Current unencumbered licensure as an RN or APRN in the U.S. is required. 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, with 875 of those hours accrued in the most recent 12 months preceding application." http://www.aacn.org/WD/Certifications/Docs/CCRNFAQs.pdf
So do I need 2 years of ICU experience to apply? Or just 2 years in bedside nursing (with 1 year of them at 1,750 hrs minimum in the ICU) to take the test? Basically am I eligible to sit for the exam 1 year from now?