CPAN EXAM

  1. I JUST FINISHED TAKING THE CPAN EXAM AND I AM DISCOURAGED. I STUDIED FOR 8 MONTHS AND REALLY FELT PREPARED UNTIL AFTER THE EXAM. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW THE EXAM IS SCORED AND WHAT IS NEEDED TO PASS? I FEAR I WILL BE TAKING IT AGAIN AND WOULD LOVE SOME INPUT ROM ANYONE.
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  3. by   C.DOSS
    Dahlia

    Do not be depressed. My friend took the exam after I did and felt the same way. The areas of expertise were not addressed directly and she was disgusted. I believe it dealt with a lot of common sense areas and not clinical knowledge.

    The good news is she passed. Our recovery room is like a daily review because the scope is very large and diverse. We were doing baby hearts to adult hearts with everything inbetween.

    Good luck.
    C.Doss
  4. by   jayep99
    I felt the exact same way after I took it. I passed also. I studied 3 months in advance so I'm sure you passed!!! Good Luck!
  5. by   vrnur.fmv
    dahlia and cpan passers:
    what books/study materials did you use. i will be taking the test this november and i would like to know what books you reviewed. thank you.
  6. by   sharann
    I felt I didn't pass as well but I did! So don't get all crazed on me now, ya hear?
    Congratulations on having the courage to study and go through with this diffiult endeavor. I am glad I did it even though the hospital does not pay me a dime for any of it. I actually had a manager tell me the "CPAN is no big deal, I took it". She is so full of it because she is not certified now. She is my superior though. I made a big deal out of letting her know that I was very proud of this accomplishment and I feel it makes me an asset for this dept. She then backpeddaled and said of course it is wonderful.
    YOu just wait it out.Don't go studying your brains out again unless you have to. Maybe you overstudied.
    I am proud of you!
  7. by   sharann
    Quote from vrnur.fmv
    dahlia and cpan passers:
    what books/study materials did you use. i will be taking the test this november and i would like to know what books you reviewed. thank you.
    I used the ASPAN guide study book. Core curriculum I think it is called. Also, Laura Gasparis has some vidiotaped out for CCRN seminar review(2 day course). HILARIOUS and helped me understand all that pphysiology. They were great tapes!
  8. by   vrnur.fmv
    Quote from sharann
    I used the ASPAN guide study book. Core curriculum I think it is called. Also, Laura Gasparis has some vidiotaped out for CCRN seminar review(2 day course). HILARIOUS and helped me understand all that pphysiology. They were great tapes!


    sharann,
    i watched the preview of the cd and i like it. but the cd is very expensive. do you have an old cd that you might want to sell? i will be interested to buy.

    thanks

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