New York Presbyterian PHARM EXAM! - page 2

i am feeling overwhelming with the studying of the drugs that columbia wanted us to know. i understand knowing the side effects are important. but do they really ask you about drug interaction and... Read More

  1. Visit  daillpnut profile page
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    Hi,
    I'm scheduled to take the Pharmacology exam next friday. I was wondering how many questions were on the exam? Did you have to know alot of drug interactions/contraindications/side effects? or was it all of the common things you need to look out for? I'm not worried about calculations, but I think I'll need to brush up on meds. I've heard it was computerized, do they supply you with a calculator on the cpu? Thanks for your help.
  2. Visit  TigerSN profile page
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    I took the test last week. I made 100 on the calculations part and an 88 on the drug part. If you follow the study guide, you'll do fine. Don't stress too much!!
  3. Visit  krisssy profile page
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    Quote from TigerSN
    I took the test last week. I made 100 on the calculations part and an 88 on the drug part. If you follow the study guide, you'll do fine. Don't stress too much!!
    Were calculators allowed?
    Last edit by krisssy on Jul 7, '06
  4. Visit  caroladybelle profile page
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    It's been a while, but I don't recall needing to use a calculator. I missed one question between the two parts, finished the test and double checked in around 22-25 minutes.
  5. Visit  bruinlaura profile page
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    calculators aren't allowed according to the front of the study guide they gave me.
  6. Visit  NYpedRN profile page
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    Quote from bruinlaura
    calculators aren't allowed according to the front of the study guide they gave me.
    I took the test on 7/19 and passed.....I got an 80 on the first part and an 88 on the second part.... I had to do the peds exam and it was on paper but all the rest of the exams I understand are computerized. No calculators are allowed. I did very well on the math part, and the acronyms are a joke--prn, q6h, etc....exactly what they told u to study...but the drugs-- the side effects and contraindications were hard...I thought I failed that part but 80 is passing so i just made it. Good luck to those of you taking the test!
  7. Visit  thinkpink profile page
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    I am taking the NYP Columbia Pediatric Pharmacology Exam this Thursday. I havent really studied yet. I was just going to review the drugs and refresh my memory on the calculations. Is it all multiple choice?? If you fail it, can you retake it right there? And when they are asking you about the specific drug, are they like what does this drug do (A. B. C. or D.???) and you just choose one or is it fill in the blank??? Any help would be great!!!!
  8. Visit  krisssy profile page
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    There seems to be a lot of talk about the Columbia Presbyterian pharm exam. Is is supposedly harder than other hospitals? I am very good at side effects, contraindications etc. I am also good at calculations, ratios etc. BUT since I am not very good at math because of basically a poor math education, I need to use a calculater. Is their any place that allows a calculater? Thanks,Krisssy BTW I was recently a patient there. If anyone has any questions, feel free to PM me.
  9. Visit  bruinlaura profile page
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    Quote from thinkpink
    I am taking the NYP Columbia Pediatric Pharmacology Exam this Thursday. I havent really studied yet. I was just going to review the drugs and refresh my memory on the calculations. Is it all multiple choice?? If you fail it, can you retake it right there? And when they are asking you about the specific drug, are they like what does this drug do (A. B. C. or D.???) and you just choose one or is it fill in the blank??? Any help would be great!!!!
    I would say definitely know side effects and contraindications. It is multiple choice. The calculations/conversions aren't bad. And know how to administer to different age groups. Basically if you follow the study guide you'll be fine. It's challenging but not impossible. I made flashcards and just studied them when I was riding public transportation or waiting for an appt, etc and then for a few days before the test I crammed. I think you get one chance to retake it and I doubt you can do it right then since they show you what answers you got wrong.
  10. Visit  daillpnut profile page
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    The exam consisted of 50 multiple choice questions. The 25 calculations were a breeze. The other 25, were all about drugs. If you follow the booklet they mailed to you, you should do fine. The med questions, you'll need to know major side effects. I made index cards of the meds I didn't know and passed with an 84 (on the med section). They allow you to retake the exam if you fail. But you'll have to schedule it in a week or so after your first attempt. Good luck!!
  11. Visit  NYpedRN profile page
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    Quote from daillpnut
    The exam consisted of 50 multiple choice questions. The 25 calculations were a breeze. The other 25, were all about drugs. If you follow the booklet they mailed to you, you should do fine. The med questions, you'll need to know major side effects. I made index cards of the meds I didn't know and passed with an 84 (on the med section). They allow you to retake the exam if you fail. But you'll have to schedule it in a week or so after your first attempt. Good luck!!

    good luck with the exam! The acronyms and math were a breeze....it is multiple choice for the math but every question throws in a "D" answer of "not the correct dosage, " so where as in the study guide all the dosages were correct, you actually have to go a step further and make sure that the dosages are indeed correct. The meds are easy if you follow the study guide, but there were a few I didn't know like some age appropriate administrations. Most of my drug books didn't have a peds G&D guideline for admin. I just guessed. I wish you the best of luck on the exam! Let us know how you did.

    Has anyone gone for the physcial yet? I am scheduled to go on aug. 7th.
  12. Visit  heyjanety profile page
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    has anyone taken the nyp pharm exam recently? nyp has changed the format of the exam 6 months ago. they no longer give a study guide, and the test is called the basic proficiency in medication administration from the NLN. it's 70 questions long and divided into 3 parts. they tell you to buy a 600 page book and study from there.

    i'm a new hire and i'm going to start at columbia on may 5th. i used to work for cornell, and took the old pharm exam and it was not a problem b/c the study guide was so helpful. this new exam is totally different.

    any words of advice on how to study is definitely appreciated. and if anyone wants to compare answers with the sample NLN questions, please private message me.

    i'm stressed!!
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  13. Visit  ZuZuTrauma profile page
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    Hey guys,

    So I took the Basic RN Pharmacology exam for NYP- Cornell today. I passed and this is how i did it:

    I bought the NLN review and rationale access code from Amazon.com (though i have issues with the program, it was useful) The product provides you with a practice exam (50 questions). The exam you take will be in this exact format. I also used Prentice Hall's "Pharmacology: reviews and rationales" book that comes with a CD. The CD goes through the systems and provides a total of 50 questions for each chapter. *Understand and know side effects*

    Just drill yourselves and you should do fine. The drug calculations were all very straight forward.

    If you are also taking the dysrhythmia test to place out of the course, just follow the guidelines mailed to you. The multiple choice questions were straightforward and had some match and other fill in the blank aside from the EKG interpretations(20 questions).

    And if you have your CCRN you can place out of the critical care course. (yippie!)

    Good Luck!
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