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Does anyone have any suggestions on preparing for the BKAT? I know it is just an assessment tool but I would like to do well. I see on their website that you can actually order a copy of the exam but I don't have time to do that so any suggestions would be much appreciated!! I have not been able to find any study guide and very little information about how/what to study!!

I am a brand new nurse so I have taken a critical care class but only spent three months in the ICU so my practical application is still lacking.

Thanks so much for any suggestions!!!

**LaurelRN, MSN

Specializes in Interventional Radiology. Has 6 years experience.

i took it, no preparation- it was cake. it's a few med compatibilities, acls, rhythms, prioritization, lines, hemodynamics...stuff like that....

It's not a hard test if you are competent and know what you are doing. It basically tests your ability to critically think. Go over rhythms and interventions as these are hit hard. Here is the website for the BKAT where you can find more information on the test and what to review. Just remember to breathe- it's not a hard test!

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grogan.lacey said:
It's not a hard test if you are competent and know what you are doing. It basically tests your ability to critically think. Go over rhythms and interventions as these are hit hard. Here is the website for the BKAT where you can find more information on the test and what to review. Just remember to breathe- it's not a hard test!

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I have over 10 years of ER nursing under my belt and I took a BKAT for a per diem position. I had no prep either but was told I failed it. I have to disagree with your comment that it was an easy test, it was not. Took over an hr to complete. There is a website that you can order a copy of the test you are taking for about $15 but it takes about 4 weeks to get it.

I will be taking the BKAT very soon. I found out late so I did not have time to request it from the official site. I am using a critical care test-prep book and I hope to do well on the test.....

I'll post when I find out!

Do-over, ASN, RN

Specializes in CICU.

I did not prep for it, because I didn't have time (wouldn't have anyhow). It is used, where I am, as an assessment tool - it is taken before and after a CC course.

I did OK on it. Some of the stuff I had no clue being new to ICU.

I'm a new grad. I took it and got a 63. They never went over anything with us or what we got wrong or what we need to work on. Just told us our scores.

gypsyd8

Specializes in TELE, CVU, ICU. Has 10+ years experience.

My facility has instituted this test. I emailed with the developer of the test in order to request study materials, (something like the test plan for the CCRN) and received this reply:

"If you are taking a BKAT, go to the BKAT Webpage at www.BKAT-toth.org and choose the BKAT that you think you would/will be taking. READ about it. Keep reading until you find the part about ‘content areas' [this is towards the beginning]: These are the things to study. Also, close to the content areas are three actual questions on-line to give you an idea about the BKAT. To see them, click on the yellow star.

If you are currently working in an ICU, you may order any BKAT you wish. Since you are at the BKAT Webpage, click on ‘To Order', and read. Please note that it takes 3-4 weeks to receive your BKAT(s) after you have been approved as eligible. The time delay makes it unlikely that a BKAT that is ordered to memorize answers will arrive soon enough: This is planned, on purpose.

To be eligible, you must be currently working in an ICU as a RN or a critical care educator. To order the MED-SURG BKAT, you must be currently working in a med/surg unit and be a RN.

Remember: BKAT means basic knowledge, not CCRN. Also, BKAT may NOT be used for hiring, firing, or screening. Please report any abuse to bkat7.toth@yahoo.com"

I sit on the unit based council (6 member council) at a small hospital and interested in getting the BKAT9 for Adult ICU. We have no educator for our floor, we use charge nurses (no clinical manager) and we run things by way of the unit based council.

We (the council) thought we would use it to identify the need for added educational topics and inservices for RN's. However, I went to the website and sent a email inquiring about BKAT and filling out the form and paying the $15.00. I rec'd a email back that I would not be able to order it - see below:

BKATs may not be used for screening. They are used as an assessment tool. The Nursing Educator/Manager who will administer and score the BKATs is the onlyi one who may order a BKAT. The BKATs measure basic knowledge needed for safe patient care.

In short i was denied getting it. So I thought i would ask on here if anyone has the test or another website that I can order it from ???

Thank You.........

The Bkat is supposed to be an assessment tool but yet it is used to terminate traveler contracts and deny prospective nurses ED or critical care positions. What a shame! As if the pressures of nursing school and NCLEX was not enough!!!

Well i have been following this thread for awhile - hospitals and mine included are using this to allow or not allow nurses to get hired or to transfer into critical care areas and personally I do not like it.......... So, what I have been doing is that as people take the test i was asking them to look at 1-2 questions before they leave the exam and when they leave to immediately write down or call me with as much information about the questions and answers as they can remember. It has taken me months of collecting information and to put it into a word document. As a test I gave the notes to 2 people recently and they passed it. I do not know how many versions there are out there that are being used but i will continue to put together this study outline going forward.

Soon im going to put it up on YouTube for anyone interested - If you remember anything about the exam and want to help me keep this up to date please contact me at Dreamthief12345@aol.com ..........Put in the title of your email BKAT HELP in all caps so i can get it out of my spam filter if it goes there........... thank you for any support or help ahead of time...........Dan

HomeBound

Specializes in ED, ICU, Prehospital. Has 20 years experience.

Took the BKAT 8.

Where I was working, it was and continues to be, used as an assessment tool. I was told, "We will give you the exam again at the end of orientation. I will not give you the answers right now. We will see the progress you have made and make adjustments in your teaching at that time."

They did not use it as a punative measure, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that I did well...missed 6. I had no idea which ones. When I ended orientation, I answered all of them correctly.

So, it's not that bad, is what I am saying. Having an ER background and then going into Critical Care, I think I had some advantage over say, someone coming into CC from Aphoresis.

The person above who said that BKAT is being used to terminate travelers---I think they mean PBDS is being used.

PBDS is a different beast. It is being abused horribly in order to screen people, and the whole premise was not only as an assessment tool, but also that the company who developed it made it CLEAR that the "scoring" is only to be done thru their company with trained personnel.

Hospitals are using PBDS as a weapon and they don't use the developers to score, which is why when a seasoned traveler is considering a facility, one of the questions asked is, "Do they use PBDS?" If so, most of us avoid that facility like the plague.

BKAT is a competency based tool. I liked it and I wouldn't be afraid of it. NCLEX was nothing like nursing and it should inspire the fear that it does, because it's so completely arbitrary. BKAT is solid information that tests your ability at the point you are right now---and guides your educator in what to focus on with you during your orientation.

Quizlet has a bunch of BKAT cards that are literally word for word of the one I took, if you want a good idea of what to study.

hey @HomeBound When you said, "Quizlet has a bunch of BKAT cards that are literally word for word of the one I took, if you want a good idea of what to study"

Did it look like this....

https://quizlet.com/256139317/icu-bkat-flash-cards/

819Nurse, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Nursing. Has 15 years experience.

On 2/17/2019 at 8:48 PM, floridaflounder said:

hey @HomeBound When you said, "Quizlet has a bunch of BKAT cards that are literally word for word of the one I took, if you want a good idea of what to study"

Did it look like this....

https://quizlet.com/256139317/icu-bkat-flash-cards/

That link is what I had on my BKAT test for a PCU. And I just took mine March 9. Although all the questions in that quizlet link was on my test, there were about 12-15 on the BKAT test which were not part of that quizlet link. I got an 80% overall score.