I am a traveler with Starmed. Looking to accept an assignment in Las Vegas at Sunrise. Interviewer tells me they give the BCAT exam to their critical care nurses. Would like info if any available. I have never heard of the exam. Anyone taken it? Any study material or prep material available?
Aug 19, '05
The BKAT assessment for critical care nursing is not an easy test, but its not too bad. The type of questions I saw were the same type of questions you would expect to see on an NCLEX exam. Its a very practical assessment, and by that I mean that the questions are made up with exactly the type of stuff you would expect to see and do every day on a special care unit, so if you are an experienced telemetry nurse you should do fine.
The test contains several telemetry strips that you have to identify the rhythms (and they are not hard ones) and some other simple questions about interpreting an ECG. They do ask quite a few questions about cardiac meds, and nursing interventions for some of the more common diagnoses that you would expect to see in an ICU. Lots of med-surg (renal problems, GI bleeds, liver, gallbladder, etc.). The questions include *trauma*, tubes, drips, increasing ICP, neuro assessment, dialysis, insulin therapy, ABGs, lab values, etc. But the questions are pretty basic. Its mostly multiple choice, and even a new grad should be able to get most of them right.
Last edit by Tony35NYC on Aug 19, '05