I have 1 year experience as a nurse on a Cardiac/Telemetry floor and will be transferring to ICU next week. I plan on taking the CCRN certification. I'd like to do it as soon as I meet all the requirements. My question is if you have your CCRN certification, how long were you in the ICU before you took it and how intensely did you study?
May 31, '13
I took the CCRN less than one year after I took the nclex. But I worked under a temp license for a month or two after nursing school so I had just over a year of icu experience before taking it. I studied on and off for 3 months, took a two day review and really crammed 2-3 weeks before I took it
Jun 1, '13
I took it after being in the icu for 9 months, but I was in ER nursing for 1 year prior to that. I also studied consistently for about 3 months by taking the PASS CCRN tests and watching the Laura Gasparis DVDs several times. I also got the AACN certification and core review for high acuity and critical care book. It is a book of all questions and I found them more challenging than the pass CCRN questions, however the exam more closely reflected the pass CCRN questions. Good luck with your studying!