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BKAT-Critical Care

  1. 0 Does anyone have any suggestions on preparing for the BKAT? I know it is just an assessment tool but I would like to do well. I see on their website that you can actually order a copy of the exam but I don't have time to do that so any suggestions would be much appreciated!! I have not been able to find any study guide and very little information about how/what to study!!

    I am a brand new nurse so I have taken a critical care class but only spent three months in the ICU so my practical application is still lacking.

    Thanks so much for any suggestions!!!
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  3. Visit  Biffbradford profile page
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    Never heard of it, but here's an old thread:

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  4. Visit  **LaurelRN profile page
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    i took it, no preparation- it was cake. it's a few med compatibilities, acls, rhythms, prioritization, lines, hemodynamics...stuff like that....
  5. Visit  grogan.lacey profile page
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    It's not a hard test if you are competent and know what you are doing. It basically tests your ability to critically think. Go over rhythms and interventions as these are hit hard. Here is the website for the BKAT where you can find more information on the test and what to review. Just remember to breathe- it's not a hard test!
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  6. Visit  crnacrn07 profile page
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    Quote from grogan.lacey
    It's not a hard test if you are competent and know what you are doing. It basically tests your ability to critically think. Go over rhythms and interventions as these are hit hard. Here is the website for the BKAT where you can find more information on the test and what to review. Just remember to breathe- it's not a hard test!
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    I have over 10 years of ER nursing under my belt and I took a BKAT for a per diem position. I had no prep either but was told I failed it. I have to disagree with your comment that it was an easy test, it was not. Took over an hr to complete. There is a website that you can order a copy of the test you are taking for about $15 but it takes about 4 weeks to get it.
    Last edit by crnacrn07 on Jul 21, '13 : Reason: adding more info
  7. Visit  natashadove profile page
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    I will be taking the BKAT very soon. I found out late so I did not have time to request it from the official site. I am using a critical care test-prep book and I hope to do well on the test.....
    I'll post when I find out!
  8. Visit  Do-over profile page
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    I did not prep for it, because I didn't have time (wouldn't have anyhow). It is used, where I am, as an assessment tool - it is taken before and after a CC course.

    I did OK on it. Some of the stuff I had no clue being new to ICU.
  9. Visit  jacobyme profile page
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    I'm a new grad. I took it and got a 63. They never went over anything with us or what we got wrong or what we need to work on. Just told us our scores.
  10. Visit  gypsyd8 profile page
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    My facility has instituted this test. I emailed with the developer of the test in order to request study materials, (something like the test plan for the CCRN) and received this reply:

    "If you are taking a BKAT, go to the BKAT Webpage at www.BKAT-toth.org and choose the BKAT that you think you would/will be taking. READ about it. Keep reading until you find the part about ‘content areas’ [this is towards the beginning]: These are the things to study. Also, close to the content areas are three actual questions on-line to give you an idea about the BKAT. To see them, click on the yellow star.

    If you are currently working in an ICU, you may order any BKAT you wish. Since you are at the BKAT Webpage, click on ‘To Order’, and read. Please note that it takes 3-4 weeks to receive your BKAT(s) after you have been approved as eligible. The time delay makes it unlikely that a BKAT that is ordered to memorize answers will arrive soon enough: This is planned, on purpose.


    To be eligible, you must be currently working in an ICU as a RN or a critical care educator. To order the MED-SURG BKAT, you must be currently working in a med/surg unit and be a RN.


    Remember: BKAT means basic knowledge, not CCRN. Also, BKAT may NOT be used for hiring, firing, or screening. Please report any abuse to bkat7.toth@yahoo.com"

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