1. Hello fellow RN's!

    I will be taking the CCRN in a couple of weeks and every time I think I am ready, I read something else that makes me seem I'm not! I have been doing PASS CCRN questions, watched the Laura G DVDs and have been reviewing/doing Kaplan questions. Has anyone taken it recently (within the past couple of months) that can put me at ease?! I'm sure my nerves are taking the better of me, but any additional advice would be greatly appreciated!


    Nervous Nurse
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  3. by   *LadyNurse*
    I took mine on 1/18/13 and passed. The prep that you listed is just about what I used. I also had the Cammie Francher podcasts. I utilized my pass ccrn DVD a lot, I took the mock exams to prepare myself.
    Don't worry, I'm sure you will be fine! Keep us posted!

  4. by   shuccrn
    Thank LN! I will. So nervous!
  5. by   ICUAFRN
    Hi Nervous!

    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.
  6. by   gkingRN
    Hello All!! I'm scheduled to test in a week. Just wondering if anyone else here was as nervous as I am. My scores are 98/150. Should I reschedule?
  7. by   gkingRN
    Well I'm back to say the I passed the CCRN exam yesterday, 94/125 and it wasnt as bad as I thought it would be. I think I could have done better but I went back and changed a few questions. I was only stuck on a hand full of questions and a few i just down right wasn't sure about at all. I used the PASS CCRN online question bank only (didn't buy the book, was only $26), AACN book and a few the questions came right out of the book, found the book ?'s were harder than the exam itself and gave really great rationales, I also purchases the LG 2004 DVD's which helped a great deal when I was stuck. I would just remember her jokes.

    For those studying do questions everyday. I work 3-12hrs days and on my days off I would do 150 questions or more, and 25-50 on days that I work. Read all of your rationales. I soooo happy that it's over and that I didn't reschedule..

    Good Luck to all of those perusing their CCRN. BSN,RN,CCRN
  8. by   meiniaks
    are selling your review materials?
  9. by   gkingRN
    No I'm sorry! I did get the Cd's off ebay for $75-80 after winning an auction. The info she gives you is priceless and well worth the money. I'm holding on to it for the future to references.
  10. by   TammyG
    I have the full set of DVDs (Laura Gasparis) available, happy to let them go for cheap. If anyone is interested, PM me. These were purchased from her website in June 2013 -- not sure if she's come out with a new edition since then.