Canadian RN Exam

  1. hi everyone,

    i'm busy studying for my RN exam coming up in october. Any advise on studying for those of u who have passed? I'm very anxious so any help would be appreciated. i've been using a prep book by Mosby and i am much more confused then when i firsst started reaading. is the CNA prep guide enoough to study? thanks,
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  3. by   mart1958
    Futurdoc

    When I moved from the UK in 2002 to Canada, the only prep book I used was the CNA prep book, it is excelent just keep working throught the test questions.

    good luck

    Mart
  4. by   NovaScotiabound
    Quote from mart1958
    Futurdoc

    When I moved from the UK in 2002 to Canada, the only prep book I used was the CNA prep book, it is excelent just keep working throught the test questions.

    good luck

    Mart
    Mart,
    Did you work in Canada before sitting your exam?

    I am taking mine in October and when I do the questions in the prep guide I get tripped up by different terminologies, unfamiliar drug names etc.

    How much do you think I am disadvantaged by not working there first?

    Lynn
  5. by   NovaScotiabound
    Quote from futurDOC
    hi everyone,

    i'm busy studying for my RN exam coming up in october. Any advise on studying for those of u who have passed? I'm very anxious so any help would be appreciated. i've been using a prep book by Mosby and i am much more confused then when i firsst started reaading. is the CNA prep guide enoough to study? thanks,

    Hi there. I am taking the October CRNE in Nova Scotia. Where will you be taking it?
  6. by   mart1958
    Lynn

    When I went to BC I was on an interim license for 9 months, which did make a difference, I was able to work as an RN while studying for the exam.

    It will be a challenge not working in the system, but the CNA prep guide is very good, just keep doing the questions and google drug names aswell as any terminology

    good luck

    Martin
  7. by   AirforceRN
    Wrote the CRNE in June...
    The CNA CRNE prep guide is really good and will give you a good idea of the level and type of questions you will recieve. You will notice that many of the questions are psychosocial and not pathophys...just like the exam. The Mosbys book is fun to try but is much more NCLEX in its ideology. I suggest sticking with the CNA book and if you still feel unprepared, pay the 30 or 40 bucks and go for the online test.
  8. by   NovaScotiabound
    I have been doing to PREP guide questions and I have done the online test. I average 75-82% with my answers, but you never can tell on the day,,,,different questions....exam pressure etc.

    Still, not long to wait now. I fly out on 4th and take it on 10th. I have come to the conclusion that it is a win-win situation, If I pass - great, if I fail - I get another holiday on Nova Scotia after Christmas.
  9. by   AirforceRN
    To help ease some of the tension, here are a few stats...

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    [FONT=Univers]UCCESS RATES[FONT=Univers]: [FONT=Univers]FIRST[FONT=Univers]-[FONT=Univers]TIME WRITERS

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    The pass rate of first-time, Canadian-educated CRNE writers
    (5,194 candidates) was 96%, while first-time internationally
    educated CRNE writers (809 candidates) had a 63% pass rate.

    FROM:http://www.cna-nurses.ca/CNA/documen...ber-2006-e.pdf

    and:
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    In recent years, the standard required to pass the
    CRNE (converted here to a percentage for ease of
    referencing) has ranged from about 59 per cent to
    68 per cent, depending on the difficulty of the
    particular version of the CRNE.
    FROM:http://www.cna-nurses.ca/CNA/documen...ber_2004_e.pdf

    I hope this reassures you. For the internationally trained nurses the stats are a little sparse but I ASSUME that the pass rate is so low owing to the fact that the applicants don't study the CNA prep guide and are therefore unprepared for the heavy leaning toward ppsychosocial information. Best of luck to all of you and don't worry, you'll do great. You know more than you think you do I gurantee it.
  10. by   NovaScotiabound
    Thanks very much...I need ressurance
  11. by   futurDOC
    Quote from NovaScotiabound
    Hi there. I am taking the October CRNE in Nova Scotia. Where will you be taking it?
    Hi Lynn,

    sorry for the late reply. Busy with work and studying. I'm actually taking the exam in BC on the 10th. i've done all the questions in the prep guide (i dont remember what i got initiallly when i answered the quesstions but averaged 84-90%) this worries me because i'm not sure if i know the material or if i just remember the answers. 've also been using mosby's prep guide to study its questions and the NCLEX book. i have even completed the online test but still feel that i'm not ready. everyone says "you'll do fine" but still i cant help but worry.

    Good Luck to both of us and all those writing next week.
  12. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Quote from futurDOC
    also been using mosby's prep guide to study its questions and the NCLEX book. i have even completed the online test but still feel that i'm not ready.
    Neither of those will be helpful at all with the CRNE. The focus is totally different... mostly psychosocial and community nursing related questions, with very little (pretty much NO actually) pathophys, pharmacology, lab analysis or care planning. I sure hope you'll remember the stuff from the CNA prep guide most. Best of luck.
  13. by   yoo jin
    hi. i am n nurse from the Philippines. Im just wondering.. Is CRNE conducting its exams in other countries? like the NCLEX?
  14. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Quote from yoo jin
    hi. i am n nurse from the Philippines. Im just wondering.. Is CRNE conducting its exams in other countries? like the NCLEX?
    No. The CRNE can only be written in Canada at one of three annual sittings by people who have been authorized by a provincial college of registered nurses to write the exam. For IENs there are other exams that have to be passed first, including an examination of proficiency in either official language, French for those who ONLY plan to practice in Quebec, or English for everywhere else.

    There are a number of threads relating to foreign-trained nurses and the CRNE, working in Canada and whatever else you can think of here on this forum. The search feature in the upper right of your screen will take to to them.

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