Has anyone taken the new AACN Cardiac Surgery Cert. - page 2

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  1. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from darienblythe79
    yea, i passed. i wasn't too bad. there were questions on a particular drug we don't use in my facility, but all in all not too bad. know your valves inside and out. best of luck to anyone else taking the exam.
    congratulations!


    i would take it if i were younger.
    i'm only competent to care for the patients of one team of cardiac surgeons.
    i applaud you and others for proving your knowledge!
  2. by   sway
    My nurse educator took it and said that she thought it was way easier than CCRN. She has been a nurse for 15 years, and said that anyone who has been taking care of post op hearts for several years should be able to pass with minimal studying. She thought passing it with only a year or so of heart experience is doable with some studying. She said that there were a few odd things she wasn't sure of, but most of it was straight forward hemos, and stuff you do every day when taking hearts. Good luck to all....
  3. by   rickard
    Quote from big sweet life
    test? On a 1- 10 scale, how was it?
    i just passed CSC today i've been taking care of fresh post op heatrs for 4 yrs now and found the exam to be a good evaluation of thinking skills, and hands on knowledge. the main basis of the questions were what is considered "best evidence" i found this link as a resourse
    http://www.aacn.org/certcorp/certcor...2?OpenDocument

    Rickard
  4. by   fromtheheartRN
    Thank you! Perfect---I do not know how I missed these resources on aacn!
    MUCH help!
  5. by   conradrn
    How did you guys prepare? Any places for good articles??? Taking CSC this month!
    Thanks!
  6. by   XIGRIS
    Quote from conradrn
    How did you guys prepare? Any places for good articles??? Taking CSC this month!
    Thanks!
    I used Robert Bojar's Cardiac Surgery book. I took the test 2 weeks after I applied for the exam. I passed it.
    If you work in a cardiac surgery icu you'll be fine.
    Good luck to you.
  7. by   CVICURN2003
    Quote from XIGRIS
    I used Robert Bojar's Cardiac Surgery book. I took the test 2 weeks after I applied for the exam. I passed it.
    If you work in a cardiac surgery icu you'll be fine.
    Good luck to you.
    I took it and passed to about two months ago. However, I did think it was hard. Mostly, because we don't use alot of the drugs that were on the test and we hardly EVER have a swan anymore. Ours come with an introducer to place one at bedside more easily alot but no swan. Also, we get into on our less invasive valve and MAZE patients. So, I had to use the rest of the info given to base my answer. I used Bojars book exclusively too. But, I passed and it's over. Good Luck. I also used one of our CT surgeons to explain things/why we did things different.

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