TNCC-Advice please

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    I currently work in outpatient oncology/infusion therapy. In a previous life, I used to work in a small ED. I called it a "Mom & Pop" ED; nothing fancy, no trauma, just your usual ED stuff.

    I have been toying with the idea of taking the TNCC. I doubt I would ever go back to working in the ED; I'm working for a different hospital now and my personal circumstances have changed. But I would like the challenge of the exam, plus having the knowledge that I could gain from the course.

    Is it completely unrealistic for me to make an attempt at this course? Brutal honesty is welcome. I can take it.

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    Not if you like learning new things! For your personal benefit, I say why not! That said, if you never plan on working the the ED again, most employers don't care if you have it.
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    It would be purely for my own satisfaction. I'd be doing this on my own time and on my own dime. (Typical nurse.)
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    Its a great course. If you can get the book ahead of time it won't seem so daunting. There is no such thing as wasted education...if you have the opportunity and the means I say go for it.
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    It's an exciting and informative course. I took mine last year and I'm an ICU nurse. I took this test and get certified because i'm doing part-time ed nurse. Good luck to you:-)
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    I took the class in June and really felt like it helped alot. It focuses on an ABCDEFGH method of trauma assessment, so if you can get the book ahead of time, spend some time studying the early chapter that talks about that specificially. The tests consist of a written exam (which our proctors focused their lectures on what we really needed to know) and then a practicum (alot like ACLS) where it was one-on-one with an instructor, going through a trauma situation. You should try it!
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    Thank you all for your replies. I appreciate the feedback. I really just feel like this is something I need to do for myself, even though the skills really aren't that applicable to my area of practice. I guess there's still a part of me that still feels like an ED nurse, even though it's been 2 years since I've worked there.

    Thanks again.
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    it can be handy if one of your patients falls and has a head or neck injury. it is also very handy if you witness a car accident.
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    I think that if you want to take TNCC even though you are not working in an ED at this time then you should go for it. It is a great course and not to mention a good cert to have under your belt. It is good for 4 years. It looks good on a resume if you would ever need it. Plus, as others have said, it is good knowledge to have in your professional career and everyday life as well.......It will not be a waste of your time, or money to do it..
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    Well, without going into details (you never know who reads these threads), something happened at work the other day that made me decide I definitely want to take this course...the sooner the better.


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