Studying for CCRN. Argh! - page 2

Wow. 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... Read More

  1. by   Zee_RN
    OK, I've scheduled my exam date. In June. I have 7 "study" days available. There is so much info; I can't say I'm terribly optimistic and that's not like me. I figure, hey, if I take it and fail it, at least I'll know what to look for when I retake it.

    I've done a two-day review course, perused the PASS CCRN book by Robin Dennison and listened to the Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio CCRN Cram tapes a bunch of times. Taken numerous quizzes. Looks like I'm scoring about 80 to 84% in general. Since I'm used to getting straight As, this is demoralizing--but hopefully it's enough to pass!

    Prayers are still being accepted!! Thanks!!
  2. by   nursemouse
    Zee, that test was the single hardest exam I've ever taken, and that includes my CCNS! Now I'm actually teaching the cardiovascular content in a CCRN course for my hospital system. PM me and I'll share some of my stuff. Good luck! Nursemouse
  3. by   codebluechic
    Zee,
    I took and passed the CCRN exam this month. It was very hard!Have a very strong grasp of hemodynamics and you'll be fine.
  4. by   jnette
    Zee, you're GOING to pass ! Hear? Got that? You'll be fine.
  5. by   peachsncrem29
    zee, your going to ace that test !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    your in my prayes
    god bless
  6. by   nimbex
    Dead people have down regulated receptors!!!

    :-)

    your's are going a mile a minute, relax and enjoy the challenge... worst case senerio is a retest. not so bad.

    you'll do it.
  7. by   Nurse Ratched
    Well - I tried to kind a picture of a cheerleader to post for you, but a google search for that revelaed more than I wanted to see lol.

    So I'll just say

    Goooooooooooooooooooo ZEE!
  8. by   sunnybrook83
    Zee,
    Good luck and a little tip-
    read the question and BEFORE you read the answers, stop and think what your answer would be- then read the answers and pick the one closest to the one you've already thought of. This has gotten me through nursing school, NCLEX, CCRN and others..
    (of course if you have no clue, use your patho skills and reason it out).
  9. by   jnette
    Originally posted by Nurse Ratched
    Well - I tried to kind a picture of a cheerleader to post for you, but a google search for that revelaed more than I wanted to see lol.

    So I'll just say

    Goooooooooooooooooooo ZEE!

    Here ya go, Zee !

    That's from Nurse Ratched !
  10. by   Nurse Ratched
    Thanks, jnette! :chuckle
  11. by   mattsmom81
    My advice is to remember your tried and true test taking strategies. If you have been working in critical care awhile, challenged your knowledge base, and have learned how to think well and prioritize, you will likely do fine. I listened to the Vonfrolio tapes once, took her advice 'You know something, you'll figure the rest out' and did well.
  12. by   Zee_RN
    Thanks y'all.

    Been studying most of morning. Gonna take a break now and bake some peanut butter cookies. Then I'll probably eat them all.

    My unit rarely uses hemodynamic monitoring so I'm working extra hard on that stuff. Ya know, shock states and expected hemodynamic parameters, etc.
  13. by   pickledpepperRN
    Originally posted by UntamedSpirit
    I have the Laura Gasparis review book and so far I am not batting a very good average......lol. Makes me wonder if I know what I think to begin with ..... :roll
    I missed a lot the first time I went through the questions too. Thinking about the rationale given for why answers are wrong helped a lot. I came out of the test worried about not passing. My score was actually very high. I had remembered each time I guessed.
    In real life guessing is not OK. You also have fellow nurses, MDs. RTs, and all the brains working together.

    http://www.greatnurses.com/index.php?content=books.php
    Call 1-800-331-6534 9am-3pm EST Monday-Thursday

    Critical Care Examination Review by Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio, RN, PhD, CEN-Joanne Noone, RN, MSN,
    CS, CCRN

    Glad I can't smell those cookies baking! Too easy to over eat fresh home baked goodies.
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Jun 5, '03

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