I am a new ICU nurse with over 5 years of acute care experience. In the unit I work in the nurses are encouraged to be CCRNs after their first year of Critical Care experience. The problem comes in because I have heard how difficult the test is and I want to start studying now because I think it will improve my knowledge of the critically ill patient. What is the best review? Also I work in a Level One Trauma/Neuro ICU and would like to know if the CCRN certification test reviews all areas of critical care or is it be broken up into specialized areas?
Dec 27, '02
I find it interesting that your hospital encourages nurses to become CCRN certified after the first year. That's a pretty high goal, but certainly not impossible.
I agree that Robin Dennison's review is thorough and Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio's pearls (and her videos) are memorable. i think your best bet though is learning at this point, as opposed to just studying for the test. The AACN has a core curriculum which you can purchase (see AACN.ORG) and there are many CCRN review classes offered by AACN local chapters and hospitals.
Remember the CCRN review classes only tell you what to study. You will still need to study on your own. Perhaps the intent of your hospital is to have you increase your knowledge base through study.
I took my CCRN after 1 year in CCU (prior 5 years in telemetry). I reviewed the core curriculum as preparation, also some review questions. Passed without problems, but I have always been really solid in A&P and I think you really need that as a basis to do the CCRN. I learned a lot in my studying and have always been grateful that i made the effort to learn more. It gave me a far greater understanding of why I do what I do.
Good luck in your studies. Even if you don't take the test it won't be a waste of time.
Last edit by Gardengal on Dec 27, '02