studying for PACU certification

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    I have worked in PACU for 3 years and love it. It is a rural hospital and I realize we do not get a lot of surgeries the "larger" hospitals see. I am planning to test for the CPAN in November. I will be the first in our PACU to do this, and I realize the test is only about 4 and 1/2 months away. Currently I am reading/studying the Core Curriculum by Litwack (editor) and Perianesthesia Nursing by Drain. I am considering Certification review for Perianesthesia Nursing by Saunders.
    Does anyone who has certified have any comments/suggestions/recomendations?
    Thanks.

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    You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
    You're on your own, and you know what you know,
    Amd YOU are the one who'll decide wher you go.
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    congrats on taking the exam!
    sounds like you have all the books covered. i also used "pass ccrn" to get a different perspective on certain disease processes.
    the only other thing i would suggest, is to ask questions of your anesthesiologists. that really helped to understand the anesthestic agents.
    finally, after having taken the test, and written some of the questions, i would advise you to keep studing, relax, and go with your first mind when you test.
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    Good ideas Fries with that. I took mine 3 years ago after 1.5 years in PACU and am not sorry. I used the Core Curriculum book and review questions book.
    I also used alot of videos for critical care concepts. It was a fair exam, and the more you study and learn and ask the easier. Good luck with the studies!
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    My suggestions:

    • A book with test questions and rationales is a big help.
    • Don't forget that the CPAN exam covers ALL types of perianesthesia care: OB, peds, day surgery (discharge teaching? discharge teaching) and complex cases.
    • Its not just "nursing care" but legal and management issues covered.
    • Relax, pass the test, and join fellow CPANs for the ASPAN conference in San Diego next Spring!
    Last edit by Charity on Jul 7, '06 : Reason: for clarity
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    Quote from Friesw/that
    congrats on taking the exam!
    sounds like you have all the books covered. i also used "pass ccrn" to get a different perspective on certain disease processes.
    the only other thing i would suggest, is to ask questions of your anesthesiologists. that really helped to understand the anesthestic agents.
    finally, after having taken the test, and written some of the questions, i would advise you to keep studing, relax, and go with your first mind when you test.
    How much dose the test cost?
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    How much is certification cost even though I might have my CNA Certificate can you see if I can renew my cna the IHC
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    check www.cpancapa.org website


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