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Anyone else studying for CCRN exam?

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I have or would like to get my CCRN certification: (you may select more than one)

  1. 1. I have or would like to get my CCRN certification: (you may select more than one)

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    • No
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    • If yes: I get some kind of financial reward or incentive to achieve and maintain certification.
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    • If yes: There is no financial reward or incentive at my institution for CCRN certification.
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    • If yes: I have or can have CCRN on my name badge or there is other forms of acknowledgement.
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    • If yes: I find the certification has empowered my practice and would encourage others to pursue it.
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    • If yes: It really hasn't been worth the work and I would discourage others from pursuing it.
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    • If no: I don't have the certification and feel no need or have had negative experiences.
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    • If no: I would like to pursue it, but have had difficulty getting motivated.
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    • I am undecided.
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Just took the exam yesterday. It was hard, but passable. A LOT of questions like 'If this, this and this is done for the patient, how would you know whether the treatment was effective/ineffective?' Also a lot of pharmacy questions--know your meds. Some questions had you figure out polypharmacy answers, ex-ACE inhibitors used with Beta blockers, vasopressors, etc. I used the Gasparis DVD's and a review book and studied 'seriously' for about a week.

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I would like to know if the hours I spent in orientation (12 weeks) on a critical care unit count towards the required 1750. Im almost at a year on the unit so I have enough hours if they count. If they dont count then I need to wait a few months. Anyone able to shed some light on this?

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Sedatetime has 8 years experience and specializes in Med- Surg ICU, CCU, PACU.

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Taking the CCRN exam this Thursday. I scored 117/150 today on the PASS CCRN cd. Boy was I excited, I was stuck in the low 100's but always improved. Can't wait to get this out the way.

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Contact me for the Lauras Gasparis DVD

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turnforthenurse has 7 years experience as a MSN, NP and specializes in ER, progressive care.

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I would like to know if the hours I spent in orientation (12 weeks) on a critical care unit count towards the required 1750. Im almost at a year on the unit so I have enough hours if they count. If they dont count then I need to wait a few months. Anyone able to shed some light on this?

I don't see why not because you're still taking care of patients when you're on the floor. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

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Sedatetime has 8 years experience and specializes in Med- Surg ICU, CCU, PACU.

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Yeah, I passed!!! Boy am I glad it's over. :dancgrp:

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punkstar specializes in Emergency Nursing / CV/STICU.

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Passed the CCRN! Woo-hoo!good.png

I got 98/125 questions correct. I am so happy. For me, the Vonfrolio/Pass CCRN combo is what did the trick. But do know that Neurology was incredibly tough, that's the only place where I scored 60%.

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punkstar specializes in Emergency Nursing / CV/STICU.

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I had a quick question for you guys. After passing the CCRN, I feel like I can also pass the CEN. Should I just take it? People say CEN is easier than CCRN. Advice?

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Spoiled1 is a MSN, RN and specializes in Step-down ICU.

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I currently work in a step down(intermediate critical care) and I'm interested in taking the PCCN. However Im looking to leave this area to work in a CCU. I have been work in step down for over a year now, do you think if I studied hard enough I could just go ahead and take the CCRN instead of PCCN? Or should I just wait?

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nursemaReN has 5 years experience and specializes in CT Surgery / CCU.

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I just transfered from CT stepdown to CCU. I've been in CCU for about a year. Take your PCCN, then get your ICU experience and take your CCRN. You wont regret it. The more certifications you have, the better you look ;) Good luck!

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Spoiled1 is a MSN, RN and specializes in Step-down ICU.

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I just transfered from CT stepdown to CCU. I've been in CCU for about a year. Take your PCCN, then get your ICU experience and take your CCRN. You wont regret it. The more certifications you have, the better you look ;) Good luck!

Thanks for the reply! So, if I go that route, do you know what it takes to keep up with both certifications? This is off topic, but how do you like CCU? I am hoping to put in a transfer next week, but wanted to talk to the manager about the unit first. The thought of working in a CCU is exciting and terrifying all at the same time....

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