The nurses at my hospital are being offered the opportunity to sit for the national Med/Surg certification exam in October. Of course, being something of an overachiever I signed up for this, but without knowing much about either the certification process or what it will mean for my career (other than a "significant" pay differential, according to our NM). The 20 or so of us who've signed up are planning to take review courses and study together, but I'm wondering if any of you have taken this exam.......and if so, what it was like, how hard it was, what sort of preparation was needed, and whether being a CMSRN has helped you advance in your career.
The hospital is paying only a part of the $325 testing fee, but money isn't really the issue.......I just think it would be beneficial to update my knowledge base, and yeah, I've gotta admit that certification would add a certain "cachet" to my job title. But before I put myself through the rigors of preparing for it, I'd like to know what I'm getting myself into, and what to expect.