need info on JA Thomas test for CDS position - page 2

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Interviewed for Clinical Documentation Specialist position at my hospital. Next have to take the JA Thomas test (software company that puts out the CDI program) and pass. Looking for anyone who has already done this? Advice on... Read More


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    How far are you into your program? Doing clinicals yet? Learning a new job while in clinicals can cause added stress. If they are using the company I am familiar with, I had 12 weeks orientation. Are you working full time? Can you do this job full time and stil not loose your mind? I loved the job but had to return to bedside tO complete 16 hrs a week in clinical and work full time.
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    Interviewed for Clinical Documentation Specialist position at my hospital. Next have to take the JA Thomas test (software company that puts out the CDI program) and pass.
    Are there resources or study guides for JATA's CCA test?
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    To canchaser:

    I just started the program, not in clinicals yet and am in school only part-time. I currently work 40+ hours a week and am enrolled in 7 hours at school. My current position is along the line of assistant manager, there are 2 of us on the unit, one day shift and one night shift. I've always had an interest in nursing informatics/chart review but I also want to be a nurse practitioner. Not sure how I'm going to tie this together, of it that's even feasible. How long were you a CDS? Did you do the job while in NP school?
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    Nursedana,I was a CDS for a year. I did the CDS full time and school part time. Do the CDS program, it will helpYou understand ICD9 codes. And when you have to learn them in NP school you will have a good grasp of it. And have a general understanding of billing too.
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    Exam is multiple choice, two answers that could be correct and two that you can cross off. There are 60 questions with 10 additional questons on demographics. To me the test was difficult. My suggestion is know ABG's--metabolic/resp acidosis/alkalosis. Study hard on sepsis as there are multiple question on this also.
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    Good for you, but studying is not futile.... (or futal haha).


    I passed it today... and yes, I had to study... simple things you may not remember from school or your previous practice or real quirky random things are involved.


    It was hard, but definitely not as hard as @keelee made it sound. Your post keelee, was just discouraging.


    All those who want or need proper information or encouragement, can contact me.


    There's a reason they say don't believe everything you hear (or read).


    ~ST
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    REPOST with quote:

    Quote from keelee
    Experience and knowledge base. Yes it was hard. I recieved one of highest scores to date at my facility. I am not bragging, but I have been a nurse for almost 25 years, with skills in ICU, CVICU, CCU, ER and the cath lab. Studing is futal. You have to have critical thinking to pass this test and a knowledge base. They covered MI, CHF, surgical procedures, ortho and renal. You have to know what you know and think.
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    Good for you, but studying is not futile.... (or futal haha).


    I passed it today... and yes, I had to study... simple things you may not remember from school or your previous practice or real quirky random things are involved.


    It was hard, but definitely not as hard as @keelee made it sound. Your post keelee, was just discouraging.


    All those who want or need proper information or encouragement, can contact me.


    There's a reason they say don't believe everything you hear (or read).


    ~ST


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