CCRN anyone? - page 2

So, I've decided to sign up for the CCRN exam. I've been considering it for the past few months, and decided to go for it. I've been at the point the last several months where I've been a "go to"... Read More

  1. Visit  Angelrina,CCRN profile page
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    Quote from turnforthenurseRN

    The Pass CCRN! book is excellent. If you search CCRN on iTunes, you should be able to find CCRN review podcasts by Cammy-House Francher. Excellent review for those studying for the CCRN or PCCN, and best of all it's free! The only downside is there are no visuals and she does refer to the handout at times, but it is still a wealth of information. And I think Cammy is a fabulous educator. She makes concepts easier to understand.
    Thank you so much! I will definitely get that!
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  2. Visit  turnforthenurseRN profile page
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    Here are some cardiopulmonary pearls (I will contribute more later):

    * Patients with mitral stenosis/left atrial enlargement may present with P mitrale, a wide (>0.1 second) and notched P wave.

    * Contraindications for a PCI: left main coronary artery disease, unless there is a back-up supply, such as a CABG. INflating a balloon to this vessel can cause the entire left ventricle to become ischemia and possibly cause an infarction.

    * In patients with a cardiac contusion, look for signs of right-sided heart failure. The right ventricle lies immediately behind the sternum so this is the part of the heart that is most likely to be damaged.

    * Mitral and tricuspid stenosis (AV valve stenosis) are the only low-pitched murmurs. All other murmurs are high-pitched.

    * Large volumes of banked blood can cause the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve to shift to the left because it is low in 2,3-DPG. Affinity between oxygen and hemoglobin is increased but the hemoglobin is less readily releasing O2 at the tissue level (left = locked!)

    * Early signs of O2 toxicity: substernal distress, parethesias in the extremities, GI symptoms (anorexia, nausea, vomiting), fatigue, malaise, dyspnea, restlessness.
    Late signs: hypercapnia, cyanosis, decreasing compliance, increasing A;a gradient and pulmonary edema.

    * A normalization or increase in PaCO2 levels in the asthmatic patient is an ominous sign. PaCO2 should be decreased if ventilation is normal. Also watch out for absence of wheezing or rhonchi, which mean there is no airflow.
    lilhendy, dandk1997RN, and Sugarcoma like this.
  3. Visit  Kitesurfing bum profile page
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    Hey turnforthenurse, go take your test already! Your pearls on this thread, and the other one are very applicable to CCRN and I imagine the PCCN as well.
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  4. Visit  turnforthenurseRN profile page
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    Quote from Kitesurfing bum
    Hey turnforthenurse, go take your test already! Your pearls on this thread, and the other one are very applicable to CCRN and I imagine the PCCN as well.
    I finally picked a test date, I have a month! It's crunch time!
  5. Visit  Danielle_thompson84 profile page
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    I'm in! Scheduled for April 5. I would love more scenario questions, I feel like I'm seeing the same ones over & over on the Pass CCRN CD.
  6. Visit  turnforthenurseRN profile page
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    Quote from Danielle_thompson84
    I'm in! Scheduled for April 5. I would love more scenario questions, I feel like I'm seeing the same ones over & over on the Pass CCRN CD.
    That's kind of how I'm feeling about the Pass CCRN CD. But at the same time, I'm surprised I'm doing well because the PCCN doesn't go over invasive mechanical ventilation or invasive hemodynamics. So if I can score an 80%+ on the CCRN questions, I should be able to pass the PCCN...right?

    Have you bought the CCRN SAE (self assessment exam) through the AACN? I hear the questions are from previous CCRN exams, so it can help you get a feel for the exam. I purchased the PCCN SAE and even though it is more money spent, I'm glad I did. It gave me more practice.
  7. Visit  PowertripCCRN profile page
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    I passed the CCRN This past Saturday. I did the gasparis videos and Kaplan questions. They were both very helpful not only in studying for an exam, but for practice as well. I learned my weak areas very quickly and concentrated on those. The test was hard, but not impossible. To me the anxiety of test taking is a huge factor. I had to remind myself to calm down before and during the exam. Had to read into the question and not jump at the first one that looked correct. I did come across some i did not know. Still passed with 102/125. I wish luck to those signing up.
  8. Visit  Angelrina,CCRN profile page
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    When I'm doing the 150 question exams on pass CCRN, the organ system is at the top. Does it say the organ system at the top during the exam also? I'm asking bc I find myself looking at the topic and them basing my thoughts and answer on the organ system. I don't want to get too comfortable doing that if the topics aren't listed during the exam. Super nervous here.
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  9. Visit  PowertripCCRN profile page
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    The systems are not listed at the top. The way it works is you must surmise what the problem is from the values and clues they give you and work out the best solution.
  10. Visit  turnforthenurseRN profile page
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    I just wanted to say that I took my PCCN exam today and I passed!!! So glad that is over and done with!
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  11. Visit  Danielle_thompson84 profile page
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    Congrats to you!!!! I take CCRN tomorrow!
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  12. Visit  Angelrina,CCRN profile page
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    I passed the CCRN exam on April 3! I'm so happy! Good luck to all those taking it and congrats to those who have passed!!
  13. Visit  marycarney profile page
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    WTG everyone!!!! Congrats.

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