I am preparing to take the CEN exam. I have gotten books from ENA along with test questions. Is there anything else that I need to do in order to better prepare myself? I feel as if I am preparing to take my nursing boards again.
Feb 1, '02
I just took my CEN in January (and passed) It was the hardest test I ever took. Made my boards looked like a piece of cake. What helped me the most was doing questions. I bought several test books . I took all the test. What I didn't get right, I studied the rationale. That makes a different.
You can also get books, video and cassettes from Greatnurses.com.
Mar 1, '02
I agree that it is a hard exam but I found it very beneficial... I found that TNCC was an excellent thing to have done first, since the trauma piece is identical....pace yourself with the studying, and try and do a chapter a week (or so).......I really dont think it's necessary to shell out money for a review, but they are out there if you want to do that (ENA should be able to tell you where and when). Good luck !Vicky
Mar 3, '02
I found the best prep to be the review books put out by ENA and Laura Gasparo (sp?). Her book was very difficult, but a good review. Make sure you have TNCC and ENPC under your belt - it makes life easier also.
In the end, I found the best "resource" was my own experience. If you have an adequate amount of time put in on the job, you'll do fine.
Mar 4, '02
From deep in the heart of texas
I agree with nursey k. Tncc is a help. But your own experiences is what gets you through it with a lot less stress.
Keep it in the short grass yalll
Mar 21, '02
I agree that the CEN exam seemed to be harder than boards. What I didn't prepare for were all of the questions regarding discharge teaching, etc. I guess I expected more trauma and cardiac.
I found that when I was preparing, it was better to stick with one review manual. When I tried others, I felt there was conflicting info which could be confusing.
Good Luck! It will be a relief when it's over!
Mar 21, '02
I took CEN two years ago and found experience was the best indicator of passing. Working level one trauma center made it pretty easy.
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