New York Presbyterian PHARM EXAM! - page 3

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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 the normal amount of dosage for... Read More


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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.
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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.
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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!!
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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!!

    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.
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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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    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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    I have to take this test in about a week. I've been studying the recommended Prentice Hall book, which is like an NCLEX prep book, and I bought the NLN online test access code. The thing is, the online NLN tests are really pretty easy, focusing on very common drugs most of us know well. If the NYP test is similar, then I'm probably just confusing myself by getting bogged down with the 600-page book.

    So can anyone tell me, was the New York Presbyterian pharm exam you took (in 2008) similar to the online NLN practice tests in the sense of asking about only the most common drugs? I'd really appreciate anyone's help on this, because I have other tests to study for as well. Thanks.
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    The online one is only useful in knowing how the test is set up(that's all). Study the book or even better, the CD that comes with it. They ask about some obscure drugs. Know the side effects.

    Good Luck!
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    Thanks so much for your help, but now I'm really nervous. I'm the high-achiever type, but Pharm has always been my worst subject. I'm only getting about 70% in the book's practice questions.

    Do you or anyone else recall if the test gives both the generic and trade names together in the questions? Or will I have to know that Xanax is alprazolam, for example? Sorry to be such a pest. I'm really worried.
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    Yeah I'm one of those too... you'll do just fine. Just keep doing the questions. The test gives you both the generic and trade name. Just make sure you have you calculations down pat because i remember there being quite a few of those.

    good luck!
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