So, I took my CCRN exam for the first time, and passed! Good luck to whoever is taking it soon! Going into the exam, I thought that I should have started studying sooner, but I studied hard for a couple of weeks, and it ended up working out.
In the end, it's just an exam. But, I do have a better understanding of patho in my weaker areas through reviewing, and learned more about critical care along the way. And, I missed the challenge of taking exams that make you think, so it was worth the time taking practice tests. Was a much less cost prohibitive way of being able to feel like a student again lol.
Enjoy the process!