So I had my annual review yesterday. My first year as an RN is over! And I got a pay raise! Must be doing something right :-)
Anyway, my nurse manager wants me to persue certification as a progressive care (step down) nurse (PCCN exam) Has anyone ever taken this exam? I guess it's similar to the CCRN exams for ICU nurses. Did you find it easier or harder than the NCLEX, or about the same?
May 11, '12
by tokmom, BSN, RN
Did my M/S cert exam in Feb. I thought it was more difficult than NCLEX. For starters, the computer doesn't shut down. You have to answer all 150 questions (for my exam. Some more/less questions). It was also much more indepth.
I took a 14 week course to help prepare. My employer paid for the course, so that was nice. Some say you don't need it, but I really enjoyed the program. I learned a lot and it helped me focus on what might be on the exam.
You certainly need experience to help answer some of the more difficult questions.
I'm proud of my certification. I worked hard for it.
Good luck and keep us posted!
Last edit by tokmom on May 11, '12