Studying for CCRN. Argh!Register Today!
- by Zee_RN Apr 22, '03Wow. I'm overwhelmed. There is sooo much. It doesn't help that I work in a rather low tech ICU...no open hearts, no balloon pumps, only diagnostic cardiac caths, rarely a Swan-Ganz.
I've always been a straight-A, 4.0 student. That's what I'm used to. I get A's.
Well....I've been taking the practice CCRN test on disk as well as other critical care related "quizzes" on CD. ACK! 74% to 86% have been my ranges. I've NEVER scored so low on anything in my life!! I'm really getting depressed!
I'm taking a two-day CCRN review course this week. I'm really counting on it to help gear me up and get me going in the right direction.
Does anyone know what % is required to pass the CCRN? My goal is to take it in June so I've got time to prepare (I think!!)
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- Apr 22, '03 by moonshadeauYou have to get 130 of 200 questions right. Sounds to me if you are getting 74-86 per cent you will be just fine. I personally found the trick to keep studying everyday just a little. The weekend before the test I reread the ENTIRE Pass CCRN book and then stopped studying the day before.
Like I said, I think you will do just fine. Good luck
- Apr 22, '03 by Jenny PZee, I believe you have to have at least a 76% in order to pass-- anyway, that was what it used to be the last time I took it back in 1996. I have re-certified with CE's since then; but had tested out at least 4-5 times for it between 1978 and 1996. I did let it lapse a few times also during this period; but I used to test out of it to prove to myself that I knew what I was doing; since '96 I've decided that things change too much for me to rely on my memory!
- Apr 22, '03 by Nurse RatchedNo clue about the test, Zee - just wanted to wish you well - you've got way more nerve than me. I probably wouldn't know what to do with a swanz-ganz if one of my psych patients came up and started choking me with it .
- Apr 22, '03 by Scavenger'sWifeJust want to say good luck.
I am studying for the Med-Surg Certification to take in October.
- Apr 22, '03 by JMPZee
Wanted to tell you that as a Canadian RN, I was scheduled to write the Canadian version of the CCRN in early April.
I had studied months for it------ it was cancelled due to SARS.They did not want nurses from a number of different areas in the same place at the same time writing a test. Also a number of RN's where in quarintine at the time---- many still are.
The test will be at a time TBA-----probally in Sept------but wanted to tell you, I know it is alot of work and good luck.
- Apr 22, '03 by louloubell1I'm studying for the CCRN too, Zee. I guess I'm fortunate because I work in a very high tech CTS ICU where swans, vents, open hearts, VADs, balloon pumps, CVVH, etc. are pretty common place. The bad side of all that is that I don't get a lot of experience with other types of patients, like traumas and neuro cases. I wouldn't know what on earth to do with some of their high-tech equipment.
Like you, I've always been a good student and the thing that is tripping me up studying for this exam is that I'm doing it all on my own....you know what I mean? It's not like being in class and following a syllabus and knowing that I will be responsible for knowing this this and this by this date, and that that and that by another. I know that I can set goals by myself, but I work so much better when I'm under some extrinsic pressure.
Anyway, good luck to you!
- Apr 23, '03 by AHarri66First off, Good luck, Zee!
I don't know if this applies to the CCRN exam, but I assume it does. If your CD "guarantees" a passing grade, then your scores on the CD tests are likely to be lower than your CCRN exam grade. The NCLEX CDs are set up that way; if you can (even barely) pass the CD test, then you definitely pass the actual exam. It saves them from paying out on the guarantee.
- Apr 23, '03 by nowplayingEDRNI am in the same boat as you, Zee...very low tech ICU and wanting to get my CCRN. Studying has beena nigtmare and i get panicky, which is unusual. I have always been a fair studentbut this material makes me question y capabilities. We could always start a support group thread here for this. Sheeh! I know I can use all the support I can get.....lol
Good luck to you and everyone else out there preparing for this exam.
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