Passing CCRN - My Preparation

  1. 3 Hey all, I just passed my CCRN (with a score of 111/125) and thought I would share my method of preparing.

    I started studying a little over one month before the exam (while working full time) using the Educational Enterprises DVD - CCRN Review Cram with Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio. Once I made some headway into the DVD's I began using the CD that came with Pass CCRN by Donahoe Dennison. I took quizzes and read the rationale until I felt that I could comfortably complete quizzes with at least a 7/10 if not an 8/10. You will find many of the quiz questions to be very helpful for taking the CCRN. I did not find the need to take any 150 question practice quizzes. Be sure to take plenty of quizzes from the professionalism and ethical practice, as Laura does not touch on this area. Bottom line: as long as you study the Review Cram and do quizzes, you'll do great!

    Best of luck!
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    FrankyStarling has '1' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'SICU'. Joined Dec '07; Posts: 7; Likes: 5.

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  4. Visit  MaverickyMaverick} profile page
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    thank you so much for this advice. its good to see this combo is still working for everyone, i'm about to do the same thing. congratulations CCRN!
  5. Visit  MaverickyMaverick} profile page
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    which version of pass ccrn did you use?
  6. Visit  FrankyStarling} profile page
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    third
  7. Visit  TStar147} profile page
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    Congratulations I took mines monday and passed also. I usex the same exact method but I studied much longer than 1 month. But it still paid off :-)
  8. Visit  in2ICU} profile page
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    I am doing the Gasparis DVD and PASS CCRN regimen as well.
    My question is about the cardiac portion of the CCRN - specifically 12-lead ECGs. Did anyone see a lot of this on the exam? I am very strong in pulmonary, renal, endocrine and moderate in neuro and cards. I just don't do the 12-leads that often and have to really work to pull it all together in that area. It'd be nice to know if I need to spend a ton of extra time on that subject or if my time would be better spent on general review.

    ANY input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    Quote from FrankyStarling
    Hey all, I just passed my CCRN (with a score of 111/125) and thought I would share my method of preparing.

    I started studying a little over one month before the exam (while working full time) using the Educational Enterprises DVD - CCRN Review Cram with Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio. Once I made some headway into the DVD's I began using the CD that came with Pass CCRN by Donahoe Dennison. I took quizzes and read the rationale until I felt that I could comfortably complete quizzes with at least a 7/10 if not an 8/10. You will find many of the quiz questions to be very helpful for taking the CCRN. I did not find the need to take any 150 question practice quizzes. Be sure to take plenty of quizzes from the professionalism and ethical practice, as Laura does not touch on this area. Bottom line: as long as you study the Review Cram and do quizzes, you'll do great!

    Best of luck!
    Congratulations, FrankyStarling!

    I am an 'information' fanatic.

    If you want to sell those two products, please PM me with the price and method of payment (preferably paypal)

    thanks, and congrats.

    I hear it is a difficult exam even IF you did so well



    i didnt really like 'cammy's' ccrn product from meded

    their cen info is ok

    i have their cpen info too, but ped-r-us is probably better, albeit less comprehensive (but more focused and entertaining)

    i also purchased nclex review info by judy miller since it has been so long since i graduated from school

    wingfield and cammanagement cfrn info--really the latter is a re-hash of the former, probably via permission


    info fanatic, i said
  10. Visit  zcoq72mehs} profile page
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    Quote from in2ICU
    I am doing the Gasparis DVD and PASS CCRN regimen as well.
    My question is about the cardiac portion of the CCRN - specifically 12-lead ECGs. Did anyone see a lot of this on the exam? I am very strong in pulmonary, renal, endocrine and moderate in neuro and cards. I just don't do the 12-leads that often and have to really work to pull it all together in that area. It'd be nice to know if I need to spend a ton of extra time on that subject or if my time would be better spent on general review.

    ANY input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
    I own close to 10 EKG books.

    If u DO want to learn basic 12 lead ekg, the single best book is 0781723272 by dale davis, IMO

    yes, mary conover was way ahead of her time, but i would leave the rest of the books to those who really like to argue with the cardiologists regarding differential diagnosis.

    I have taught 12lead ekg at the hospital, and again, that single book should provide the info u need for these kinds of exams

    u may only need to review the BBB's, learn axis deviations, hypertrophies, and the MI section

    be well
  11. Visit  ArmyMarathonRunnerRN} profile page
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    The Laura Gasparis CD's make the test easy as pie. Literally just about all of the topics on the exam were straight from her CD's. She's really funny, too, so you won't be bored! Listen to her CD's, take some practice questions (just to get in the "test mode") and you'll ace the exam!
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  12. Visit  BxRN0808} profile page
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    I just pass the test today!!! Laura Gasparis is a godsend. I studied for a while (moved states) The Pass CCRN CD is great because of the rationales. At first, I began taking the 10 question quizzes daily and the mock 150 question exam once a week. During the last week of preparation, I began to do the mock exam everyday sometimes, twice a day. It has much more neuro than Laura covered in new version of the exam, so study that. Study Neuro signs and symptoms and what medication and their dosages. I am so excited!!!
  13. Visit  goldengirl88} profile page
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    what did yall score? I saw that passing score is 89... I still consider myself a new nurse, even though I've been working in the neuro ICU for about 1.5 years now (including my orientation). I've started reviewing the pass CCRN and am seriously considering getting the lauren gasparis questions, I'm giving myself about 3-4 or maybe even 5 months to study and review, but I'm still nervous! There are nurses who have been working 10+ years and they did not pass the first time!
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  14. Visit  FrankyStarling} profile page
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    I scored 111/125 (or 150, depending on how you look at it), passing is 89/150.
  15. Visit  in2ICU} profile page
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    Hi, I wanted to add my input as a newly passed CCRN. I looked on this site for lots of tips and hopefully I can add a few as well.
    I scored 111/125. In school I was a 4.0 student and have experience in MICU and SICU. This is the first exam I've ever taken where I had NO IDEA how I was doing as I was taking the test. There were many questions, approx 30-40 questions that were pretty obvious. Another 30-40 were more the type I had to think about and work through the patho. But the other 75 OMG! I had no idea. It was as if none of the answers were right and I had to choose the least harmful one or the one that looked like it was talking about the right topic. No joke!
    It was heavy on cardiac drugs, specifically in combination with each other. I'm good with lungs, but there were some not-so-realistic scenarios that made the answer choices tough.

    Prep: I watched the Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio videos. Although I learned a lot from these, I don't think they really did much for me on the exam. This was a surprise because of so much I'd read about her videos being so spot-on. Perhaps it was just the version of the test I received. That said, I still learned a ton of useful info from these videos that help me on my job every day so I certainly still recommend them.

    PASS CCRN: Ignored the book mostly - did the CD practice questions for 3 weeks. I think the formatting of the practice questions is a good warm up for the actual exam, but still the content wasn't that well matched to the exam. I would say that reading and understanding the rationales of these questions lead me to learn/look-up more info that was the type which appeared on my test.

    I think if you work in a critical care setting, actually practice critical thinking, and study your cardiac/neuro/lung basics you will be able to pass this exam. Prep for uncomplicated swan questions, basic ECG stuff, and a lot of questions regarding treatment of visitors, patient priorities, and choosing a policy vs. common sense. I'm not sure how to prepare for those - maybe it's in the book, but I wasn't focused on that at all.

    Good luck to everyone! It took me 3 weeks of intermittently intense study. I was worried that I should've studied more but in the end - after the exam - I realized that there's nothing I would've studied past that point that would've given me more answers on the exam.

    OH, the one thing LGV says in her video that is super true - they throw the crazy questions at you first - the ones that no one is going to be able to answer. Don't get discouraged! Just realize that's what's happening and move on!


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