Wanted to ask those with recent experience with the CFRN as to how "new" (or old) are the questions you had.
All the recommended study materials (Holleran's Patient Transport, Wingfield's ACE SAT, Lopez Back to Basics) are 2011 or older. Baur's FAST is 2014, but with more mixed reviews.
As we all know medicine is not a buy the book sport, but exams are. I am under the impression the test is still largely based on the 4th ed (2009) of Holleran's book. I wanted to see if anyone was have a different experience with the test.
Jan 9, '16
Have you posted this on flightweb.com?
You might get a better response.
Jan 14, '17
Professional Board Certification Exams (BCEN) are NOT based on books. They require one to have a minimum of 2 years experience as a CCT or Flight RN and rely on the candidate having several prior years experience and training in ICU and ED typically. The exams test ones experiential knowledge as well as didactic knowledge. The exams are also updated completely every 3-4 years so that they reflect current knowledge and practice. The CFRN and CTRN exams are two of the most difficult Nursing specialty exams at the moment as they require one to have knowledge of so many varied areas of nursing practice including OB, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Disaster medicine, Cardiology, CV surgery, neurology , trauma , pharmacology. Def read all the available Flight and Critical Care transport nursing text books, subscribe to podcasts (EMCRIC, EMRAP etc) attend the Flight conferences CCTMC, AMTC, NTI.
Jan 15, '17
Quote from RickyRescueRN
Professional Board Certification Exams (BCEN) are NOT based on books. They require one to have a minimum of 2 years experience as a CCT or Flight RN and rely on the candidate having several prior years experience and training in ICU and ED typically...
While I agree with you that candidates should have experience prior to testing, the BCEN does not require it for either CFRN
Jan 15, '17
You are correct, however it is strongly recommended and as someone who has an in depth understanding of these exams, both exams (questions/ items) are written for the the Flight /CCT RN with a minimum of 2 years experience.