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Who else is studying for the PCCN? Any tips from those who have passed the exam?I'm currently using Dennison's Pass CCRN! to review. All of the PCCN books out there didn't seem to get good reviews so I just went with this one. I'm also thinking about going to Dr. Laura Gasparis' CCRN review. Has anyone gone to her reviews?
I just took my test and passed with 77. I used the book "Progressive Care Nursing Certification" by Ahrens, Prentice and Kleinpell. This book is a bit convoluted and you definitely don't need to know ALL the information in that book. I bought the book and began studying 1 month before I took the review course. The review course I took was with Med-Ed, with Cammy-House Fencher as my instructor (who is a very intelligent and knowledgable NP).I studied for 1 month following the review course, honing in on my weaknesses and following the PCCN blueprint on the AACN website. The test is difficult, but doable. I honestly thought around question 70, I failed the exam. I was so relieved to see "Congratulations! you've passed the PCCN Certification Exam". My tips are:1) Study, study, study! Don't think because you've worked in a PCU for a while, that you know all of the information.2) Incorporate your knowledge into your nursing care. You will remember the patient with PE or HF when asked about it on the test.3) If you can, take a review course4) Most importantly, PRAY!!!Best wishes to those who are studying , I hope this information is valuable.