VACC Certification

  1. I am currently studying for my Vascular Access Certification, I have the study guide you can buy from AVA.

    The study guide seems so simple, does anyone have any ideas of what else I could also study or take practice questions?

    Thanks!!
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   Asystole RN
    Congratulations on pursuing your VA-BC, it has benefited me greatly.

    For those of us experienced in vascular access it is easy. There is nothing on that test that you shouldn't already know as a vascular access nurse.

    It is like when I pursued my CRNI, I thought that the test was way too easy too. When you work everyday in something and actually pursue education and training as a regular practice to maintain clinical proficiency, these certifications become really easy.

    Good luck.
  4. by   HMarie13
    I'm so glad to hear that! I have a hard time "studying" because it seems to easy!
    i don't know as much a I need to about dialysis and tunneled catheters so I will just focus in that.

    do you know if there are any practice question? So I will feel more confident?
  5. by   Asystole RN
    Quote from HMarie13
    I'm so glad to hear that! I have a hard time "studying" because it seems to easy!
    i don't know as much a I need to about dialysis and tunneled catheters so I will just focus in that.

    do you know if there are any practice question? So I will feel more confident?
    I do think there are any practice questions you can buy.

    Personally I made my own flash cards that I just carried with me.
  6. by   HMarie13
    Yea I might just do that. Thanks so much for the info!!
  7. by   missyjones1
    Hi hmarie. Have you taken your exam yet? I took it on 6/3? I got my preliminary results but have not received my official score. The wait is killing me. What's your experience?
  8. by   HMarie13
    Well I hope your results are positive
    i have not taken it yet, I want to take it in December. I started in vascular access this past November. I am hoping that my few years of nursing experience covers my other year of dealing with vascular access.

    The main part that worries me is over dialysis catheters, I don't deal with them often.
    Last edit by HMarie13 on Jun 15, '14 : Reason: Oops
  9. by   missyjones1
    I was worried about that too. I work in the NICU and have no exposure to them at all. I had a lot of questions on research. So don't forget to study that portion of the study guide. The rest was not bad. Let me know if you have any questions.
  10. by   HMarie13
    Thanks so much !
  11. by   iluvivt
    I took it last year just after they supposedly made it more difficult and added to the total number of questions. I knew I passed without seeing the score because I have taken so many CRNI tests ,though I did find the overall focus different thant the CRNI. I decided not to study except I did look over some of the time specific recommendations from the CDC for various things since those can vary slightly from other organizations recommendations. I hate the questions that ask you for the most appopriate nursing actions in a specific scenario. I go over what I would do in my mind before I look at the options then look at the options and think "well I need to know both A and C before I proceed and then of course they just want you to pick one...hate those types of questions!
  12. by   missyjones1
    How long before you heard if you passed after you took the exam?
  13. by   Asystole RN
    Should have told you prelim results before you left. I had official word within 5 business days.
  14. by   missyjones1
    Thanks for responding. I got prelim results but have not gotten final word. I'm so nervous!!

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