CEN vs CCRN
- 0Jul 10, '11 by fmAtoZ&backagainhi everyone, cen or ccrn?
i am preparing for cen & ccrn tests. i am not sure which one i should take first, and if they are similar in content and difficulty... what do you recommend? it makes sense to do both of them within one o two weeks range. btw which one offered you more benefits in your work? taking acls, pals help to improve your score? oh well there are many questions at the same time... sorry!~
your reply will be highly appreciated
- 0Jul 11, '11 by linearthinkerI didn't think either of them was that hard, but CCRN was probably the more challenging of the two. No, ACLS and PALS wouldn't be applicable to the content of either. I don't think it makes an iota of difference which you take first. By benefits do you mean financial incentives, or do you mean more helpful in performing the job? I didn't ever get any monetary benefit for either. I did get a pin for the CEN I think. It was so long ago, I'm not certain if that is what it was for. If you meant which had more practice benefit, my answer is still neither, lol. They were both very helpful content wise in making me a better clinician.
- 2Jul 11, '11 by murphyleDo be aware that you can't sit for the CCRN exam unless you've worked full-time ICU for the last two years (the AACN's Website states "Practice as an RN or APRN is required for 1,750 hours in direct bedside care of acutely or critically ill patients during the previous two years, with 875 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application"). Your manager must provide a letter of verification to that fact when you apply. Also, if you work overseas, your hospital must be either Magnet or Joint Commission International-accredited to qualify. CEN, on the other hand, doesn't have any "hard" limits on experience before registering, but they recommend at least two years experience in emergency nursing before attempting the exam.
Speaking for the CEN exam, ACLS and PALS were a minor help, but TNCC and ENPC were very helpful to have beforehand. I do think that having the certification has made me a better practitioner; in addition to the content benefit linearthinker mentioned, the CE requirements for maintaining the cert force you to be more evidence-driven in your practice. As far as tangible benefits go, I got a pin and my name published in the hospital's nursing newsletter.
Hope this helps!