Quote from TraumaJunkieRN
Supposedly the new test has rolled out today (being 7/5/11).
1. Anybody take and passed the test?
2. How was the test different?
3. How did you study?
4. What resources did you use to study and date of publications?
5. Any recommendations?
1) I'm scheduled for July 11th. I was hoping for TODAY, but my schedule between work and teaching is so tight, the 11th was the best I could do. I wanted to be one of the first! I take it every year just to see what's on it and what questions are showing up often.
2)Of course I can't really answer this yet, except for what the BCEN has publicly said already. Basically they have weighted the sections a little differently. At the bottom of this reply, I will re-post what I had already posted in another CEN thread on this site.
3) Study? Hmm, well I guess everytime I give a lecture I'm kinda "studying"....!! That being said, I recomend all CEN candidates to take one of the official practice tests from the ENA to use as a self-assessment, to see what your'e strong in/weak in. And from that to build your study plan on the weak areas.
4) Resources. My recomendation is: Use the offical ENA BLUE CEN review manual to do an assessment. Then to find books which you can look up specific topics that are from your weak areas. There are MANY to pick from out there.
The "Bible" (In my opinion) is the ENA Emergency Nursing Core Curriculum...BUT, I've even found inconsistencies in there and NOT ALL topics possible on the CEN exam are in there.
Sheehey's Manual of Emergency Nurisng, while referenced many times by professionals, is lacking! There are at least a couple of topics not in her book, that are on the exam...You'd think TENSION PNEUMOTHORAX would be in there; it's not!
And Finally Dennison's book "Pass CEN" seems comprehensive, but it has a LOT of critical care information that is NOT on the CEN exam. Dennison originally wrote "PASS CCRN" and she integrated a lot of that info into the "PASS CEN" book. If someone didn't know what was on the CEN blueprint, they would walk away from considering the test if they thought everything in "PASS CEN" was on the test.
So, after telling you some "cons" about other people's works, let me tell you a good source: Lippincott's Emergency Nursing. Even though it is a bit dated (circa 2004), the core material is concise, condensed, and easy to read. It is a BIG seller by many retailers. Also good is the "Incredibly Easy Emergency Nursing" book. It's easy to read, refreshing and lots of memory cues.
5) Recommendations: (see all above points!)
Here's the CEN exam changes....
Here's a breakdown of how the exam will be changing July 5th...
The CONTENT is not changing, just a "re-balancing" of the questions is
all. There is only a 5% total change in the exam.
It's all the same questions (as I've verified this with the BCEN months
ago) they have just "reorganized" the different sections a bit. Also they have made it so more of the medical "diagnosis" type questions come up.
is from the BCEN website...
Weighted percentage of each section:
Pt care mgmt:6%
Substance Abuse/Tox: 7%
Shock/Multi System: 7%
Professional Issues: 4%
The NEW (July 5, 2011) exam weight will be as follows:
CARDS: 13% (-1%)
GI: 7% (+1%)
GU/GYN/OB: 7% (no change)
Max/Facial/ENT: 6% (+2%)
Neuro: 10% (no change)
Ortho/Wounds: 9% (no change)
Psych/Soc: 5% (+1% change)
Respiratory: 12% (no change)
Pt care mgmt: REMOVED
Substance Abuse/Tox: 7% (no change)
Shock/Multi System: 6% (-1%)
Medical Emergencies: 11% (+1%)
Professional Issues: 7% (+3%)