Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN)

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    CNRN Eligibility Requirements

    1.The candidate must have current licensure as a registered nurse in the United States, Canada or in any of the U.S. Territories that grant licensure utilizing the U.S. State Board Test Pool Exam or National Council for Licensure Exam. Candidates from other countries will be considered if they meet a comparable licensure requirement and can read and understand the English Language.


    2.The candidate must be a professional nurse engaged in Neuroscience Nursing clinical practice or as a consultant, researcher, administrator or educator who has completed and can provide documentation of at least two (2) years full-time (4,160 hours) of direct or indirect Neuroscience Nursing practice as a registered nurse in the last five (5) years at the time of application.

    • Direct neuroscience nursing practice is defined as involvement in the nursing process in a clinical setting where the nursing actions and judgments are focused on a particular individual, family or group of individuals where there is continuing professional responsibility and accountability for the outcomes of these actions.
    • Indirect neuroscience nursing practice is defined as involvement that includes time spent in clinical supervision of students and/or staff, research or consultation.
    3.The candidate must complete the CNRN certification application and submit two copies of it with their appropriate fee, all of which must be received by the ABNN Office prior to the application deadline.


    4. The ABNN does not discriminate against candidates for certification on the basis of race, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or disability.



    2009 CNRN Exam Candidate Handbook and Application

    American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
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    What has made this exam so much harder to pass than the CCRN is that there have been no study guides. Now they have a couple as well as the Hickey text, which is amazing.

    The people I have known who have passed this exam used Hickey. Has anyone used these test prep guides and can comment?

    I am in critical care now, but I cut my eyeteeth in neuro nursing and still consider it home.

    http://www.amazon.com/CNRN-Exam-Secr...9252683&sr=8-1

    http://www.amazon.com/CNRN-Exam-Flas...9252683&sr=8-2

    http://www.amazon.com/Clinical-Pract...9252683&sr=8-3 << great book.
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    Has anyone find the CNRN Exam Secrets Study Guide useful?
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    im taking the exam in two weeks, and need some exam tips from any CNRNs here.. please!!!
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    I'm going to start studying for the exam soon. I plan to take it sometime next year. From what I have heard the exam contains a lot of anatomy and rehab questions. I guess I'm really nervous because I am not sure what to study. I have not seen any study guides. I bought the AANN Core Curriculum for Neuroscience Nursing book, but I am thinking about buying the Hickey one because everyone seems to like that one best.
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    I passed the test over a year ago. My advice is to cover a little bit on a lot of topics. I had very few anatomy questions. Alot of questions on things like ADHD, appropriate diets for different conditions. Only 1 question on cranial nerves! I would do more studying by reading journal articles. There is a free mag called Neurology Now that has easy read articles. I spent a lot of time reading Barker, but felt articles would have been a better option and more enjoyable. Good Luck!!
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    I passed my CNRN on July 30th, 2013. I would recommend to EVERYONE to use the CNRN review course provided by Gannett education. It is called the Intensive CE series preparation for the CNRN exam, registered via AANN. I took both this review course, and the one provided by Mo-Metrix media. The Mo-Metrix review had only 1/10 of the information provided by Gannett's education. I would recommend the Gannett's review ONLY to everyone if they want to pass the CNRN. It is a very difficult exam, but this review course made a big difference for me. Most of the topics on the exam were not even part of the mo-Metrix review.
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    I also studied a little bit about many subjects and passed the test 4 years ago. Experience is probably the best thing to ensure you pass. I also had only 1 question about the cranial nerves, very little about anatomy. I studied mostly with Barker and read magazine articles. Good luck!


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