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Try ENA's Emergency Nursing Core Curriculum, and their CEN Review Manual and Software. There are also many hard cover basic emergency nursing books available thru the major publishers (Mosby, Springhouse, Saunders) that are excellent resources. Your best asset though is going to be on-the-job knowledge/experience - keep your eyes and ears open at work! Study hard and good luck.
hi i took the cen 3 years ago using 4 audio tapes and a review book called the cen review by Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio
if you have never heard her you are missing a great speaker she will make you laugh and explains things so well you dont forget them. I recommend them highly i use them when teaching new nurses and for
refreshers . good luck with the test its one hard test.
I agree--the Laura Gasparis tapes are fantastic. It's the only time I really understood ABGs! There are also a couple books with sample exams and full rationale given with the answers. Sorry, but I can't remember their names. Good luck.
There are a ton of books. The ENA has a book, as well as tapes (Laura Gasparis), also does Mosby and Springhouse and many others. Get two or three and start reading and taking the in book tests. Look over the answers, review the ones you get wrong and move on. That's what I did, and passed it first time. Later-
I like Mosby's book with the CD that has practice tests on it. I borrowed one from a friend a few days before the CEN & wished I had gotten it sooner. I used CEN study materials from another web site & it didn't help me at all. I missed by a few for my first try & hope to take it again in a couple of months & PASS! Good luck!!!
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I was wondering if anyone can recommend good study material for the CEN exam. I understand that the exam has a high first-time fail rate. I want to pass the first time!
All of the above posters give great advice. Laura Gasparis is EXCELLENT!!! I have used ENA Core and also the MOSBY Cen Review book with the CEN practice CD. Good luck-remember, the CEN exam has items from all of the topics listed-including research, organ donation, medical/legal-it is an international test and just because your facility doesn't treat something a certain way doesn't mean that's the way other EDs treat ( ie cath lab, PCTA vs thrombolytics for AMI). Review nursing diagnoses and remember- if all else fails and your stumped-AIRWAY first!!!