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- Sep 6, '06 by lovemyjobQuote from NICU_3_RNDid you take the Computer test??Ive been told by people that have taken both that the CCRN was an easier test to pass, but the RNC is easier to maintain (fewer Contact hours required, by far).
I personally took the RNC yesterday and passed! So yay me.
I took the paper test in the middle of aug and now I have to wait until oct to find out if I passed! UGH...I have sort of just forgotten about it, tried not to think about it. I took the lowrisk b/c I dont have the experience to take the highrisk. I thought the questions were not representative of the outline. I had a TON of labs...
- Sep 7, '06 by NICU_3_RNI took the computer test. I feel bad for people that feel like taking it on the computer would be too confusing. A lot of the women i work with feel that way, but they really do make it "idiot proof" (no offense at all).
I took the high risk test - i've been studying my rump off - and felt like it was fairly representative of the outline. Made me feel really good to be told tonight when I got into work that the test is easier now than it's ever been and certification means nothing.
Well - i worked my butt off to take it, and it means something to me.
- Sep 7, '06 by lovemyjobSome of my coworkers who took the highrisk said that they had like 2 resp questions.....which didnt make any sense. They all felt like it was not representative of the outline at all.. I guess because we took all 160, it was easy to determine percentages from each category. They said they had a ton of fluid/elecrolyte questions, but no heart and 2 respiratory. The biggest thing we deal with in a high risk nicu is respiratory.
- Sep 7, '06 by BittyBabyGrowerEach test is different each time....one was a lot of genetics (the group before me) and then mine was almost all renal and fluid and electrolytes.
Great job guys!
- Sep 8, '06 by NICU_3_RNQuote from lovemyjobmine was mostly cardiac, with some GI and a lot of respiratory thrown in. Had only one calculation and a bunch of ABGs. It's the luck of the draw for what questions you get. They randomly pull the 160 questions from a question bank for each test.Some of my coworkers who took the highrisk said that they had like 2 resp questions.....which didnt make any sense. They all felt like it was not representative of the outline at all.. I guess because we took all 160, it was easy to determine percentages from each category. They said they had a ton of fluid/elecrolyte questions, but no heart and 2 respiratory. The biggest thing we deal with in a high risk nicu is respiratory.
- Mar 8, '11 by mrsgoodgame,svnIs NICU certification just for RN's or is there an option for LVN/LPN?
- Mar 9, '11 by Coffee NurseRN licensure is required for both CCRN and RNC.
- Aug 29, '12 by Nurse_SongBirdHow many NICU certifications are there and what are they? im late, ik!!
- Oct 2, '12 by Mimi2RNHow things do change! This was started in 2006, and next year, certification is going to be mandatory in our NICU. That is the joy of becoming a Magnet hospital. No, there won't be any increase in pay.
- Oct 2, '12 by twinkletoes53I obtained my RNC in neonatal intensive care in Nov. 1990, because of personal interest in this field of nursing. NICU nursing has always been my first love, and I wanted to learn as much as I could about it. It was also a way for me to to remain up to date on advancing technologies in this field.I worked as an NICU nurse for 30½ years, until I was forced to stop working in Dec. 2010, due to health reasons.
At the time I sat for my exams,our hospital reimbursed you for its' cost if you passed. You also received a 2.5% raise. In early 2011, the hospital changed the way it "rewarded" nurses who obtained their certification. It is trying to acheive magnet status. You are still reimbursed for the exam if you pass it, but now you are given a one-time check of $1000, minus taxes. No raise.
I am glad that I took the certification exams when I did. I renewed my RNC in Dec. 2011. When it comes up for renewal in 2014, I will go to an RNC-Emeritus status, since I am now retired from nursing. I miss my job.