I took my exam yesterday. I was SO nervous too. I studied on and off for a little over a year, but got really serious about it 2 weeks ago. I took off of work and basically did nothing else but study. I think I spent a small fortune on prep materials but I'll tell you . . .
PASS CCRN - Great!! These are tough questions. Actually probably harder than the actual exam. I am weak in Cardiac and Pulm (38% of the test!!!) so I really focused on these. I was nervous about using a book that was done in 2007 to complete a 2013 test but no worries about that. Just know that the %'s are different.
Laura Gasparis DVDs/Book - The DVDs are great! She is so funny. Her story about being intubated makes me LOL everytime I see it. I watched these DVDs ALL the time. I just got back from a deployment so I had some time while I was there to watch them. Truthfully, I would fall asleep alot. But I took notes while watching them the first time. Then would sit with my notes every time after that. I think that helped alot. The book, meh - I really don't like doing questions out of a book. I find it tedious to flip back and forth, but I knew they were good questions. So I did all the Cardiac ones and the mock test at the back of the book. Just did them 10 questions at a time.
Med-Ed seminar, Med-preps, and Kaplan - I could do without. I really don't think they helped me for the test. Plus I found alot of errors in the Kaplan book. There are some pretty decent Podcasts out there though. Newnurseblog has some good ones. I listened
to those in the car on the way to the test.
Lastly, I bought the AACN book. I did HORRIBLY on those practice questions. I thought for sure I was going to bomb the test because of this. I mean, these are the people that create the test right??? Well, I really don't think that book/CD-ROM is worth it. But it's another bank of questions. So I guess that was good.
Long story short....You'll do fine. Really study hard and you'll do great. I probably did 450 questions the day before I took the test.