Board Certification for Med/Surg

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    I recently found out about the Board Certification for Med/Surg through the ANCC(through the ANA). I am interested in studying for this and acquiring this certification.

    Anyone have this or other certification? If so, how did you study for this? Have you used the tapes or would you know of an inexpensive source for acquiring tapes? Any information is greatly appreciated.

    NCLEX books are vailable at my local library. The tapes appeal to me because I travel a lot and listen to tapes regularly.

    Thank you in advance....

    B.
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    I received my Med-Surg certification one and one half years ago. For some strange reason, I got the date wrong and thought I had another couple of weeks to study for the exam. When I talked to a co-worker who was also taking the exam, she helped me to realize the exam was the coming Saturday and I was scheduled to work 3 to 11 shift the Friday night before! I ended up calling out (which I HATE to do if I'm not sick) because I not only needed the time to cram but I also had to get up very early to travel to the test site.

    Fortunately, I'd been studying a little bit in the preceding weeks and used books I found in the nursing section of Atlantic Book Warehouse. One was "Pathophysiology Made Incredibly Easy" and the other was a book of tests, "Medical Surgical Nursing". The test book was particularly helpful because I could discover areas in which I needed more work/study. I also went back over my NCLEX-RN books and my nursing school books for any greater clarification needs. Sorry I don't have any suggestions for tapes!

    On another note, I've decided that I'm not willing to get the 150 CEU credits needed every five years to maintain my certification. My hospital will only pay for one conference/year and I'm not willing to shell out the money needed to pay for all those CEU's. If I have to, I'll retake the exam. (Our hospital will reimburse the cost of the exam if you pass.) We don't get any extra benefits for being certified, but I wanted to prove to myself I could do it and I'm glad I did.
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    RN-PA:

    Now that is dedication.... retaking your test every 5 years!

    You probably know this, but for each credit hour of college class, it is equivalent to 15 hrs CEU (I think this may vary from state to state)... so 150 CEU's would be 10 college credit hours; or does that have to be specific nursing stuff?

    I checked the library, and they have new NCLEX books. I will try at the local community college when it opens next week... maybe they have tapes??? My other University (I moved away from did)..

    Thank you for the info...
    B.
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    I am board certified in Orthopaedics Have been since 1998 Ordered tapes and books from the ortho site and also CD with test questions on it..The book test was waaaaaaaaaaay old but the CD's were current.. The tapes were nice because as you say I could listen when walking and on the way to work. I think there are two certifications. Regular if you have ADN or diploma and Board Certified if you have BSN Many certifications wanted to be only available to BSN so that is why they divided them.. I don't really see the difference in education affecting certification but I had no say it the matter LOL


    bobbi

    Good luck to you and remember to just take a deep breath you know more than you think you do...............
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    Did you purchase the tapes from the ANCC? yikes they are pricey! I will check out the Community College in my area and see if they have any to lend.

    thanks for the input... B.
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    "RN-PA:

    Now that is dedication.... retaking your test every 5 years!

    You probably know this, but for each credit hour of college class, it is equivalent to 15 hrs CEU (I think this may vary from state to state)... so 150 CEU's would be 10 college credit hours; or does that have to be specific nursing stuff?"


    Nightngale, I'm not sure I'll take the exam again and I'm too cheap to pay for all the courses for the necessary CEU's. It was a way for me to "make peace" with Med-Surg nursing and to prove that I could do it. (It's also nice to sign RNC after my name, too!)


    I wish you all the best and success with the exam!
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    I am studying now for the test which I will take on May 18th. I listened to the tape course from the ANCC which was good, but cost $280.00 and was dated 1998. I am also using ALL my books from when I was in school. There is so much to study, I hope I pass. I too would appreciate any tips anyone has to offer. The test cost around $300.00 to take, and if I fail, my job wont reimburse me. I have been studying since February, I try to study 4 days a week for at least 2 hrs when I wake up.(some days I just cant stand to do it though.) I have been a nurse for only 3 years and Im worried that might hinder my knowledge, the stuff I really remember happens on the job. Good Luck to anyone else who takes the test!
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    I am making my own tapes to travel with from that.... trying to fill my brain with the info.... the book cost around $ 35.00....

    Good luck to you!

    B.
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    RN-PA said:
    I received my Med-Surg certification one and one half years ago. For some strange reason, I got the date wrong and thought I had another couple of weeks to study for the exam. When I talked to a co-worker who was also taking the exam, she helped me to realize the exam was the coming Saturday and I was scheduled to work 3 to 11 shift the Friday night before! I ended up calling out (which I HATE to do if I'm not sick) because I not only needed the time to cram but I also had to get up very early to travel to the test site.
    I posted this a while back, LA-NJRN, and I wanted to re-post it to remind you that I passed without studying very much at all, compared to how much I studied in nursing school. Believe me, I'm no brainiac and, although I was EXTREMELY upset and stressed when I realized I'd somehow gotten the dates of the Certification exam wrong :imbar, it enabled me to focus-- that is, CRAM in a short period of time-- especially on areas I knew I was rusty in. I found taking practice tests early on was very helpful because I was able to see in what area I needed more study.

    I'm not minimizing that it wasn't a challenging test but to encourage you to realize you know more than you think and, from all the studying you've obviously been doing, you should do fantastically well-- Good luck!
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    i have seen rnc after a couple of names while in the hospital and i was never sure what it stood for....is it just for med-surg certification or for all types of certification? and what exactly does it stand for?! thanks!!!


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