CRNE February 6th, 2013--> prep course buddies! - page 2

Hello all, I am a nursing student who is going to write the CRNE for the second time this February. The first time I wrote was June, and I failed my exam : ( I was very sad and depressed at... Read More

  1. by   gurpreetsingh
    Please let me know abut study group. Me and my two friends took prep class at Toronto School of Health and we all failed. It was my first time writing. I am so upset, because I paid 1200 dollars and do not have a job now. I would take another course, but I am very short on money. If anyone wants to study in Markham, please email me. I don't know what to do now.
  2. by   emergnursejudy
    So I will share what I personally learned from this, having once been in your position not too long ago. I failed my CRNE, felt hopeless, went through all the emotions, and am now working as an emerg nurse. there is hope, so jump back on the horse and study. What you have to do if you want to succeed, is study hard! You have to be diligent and study all the CNO standards of practice. Know them by heart. You should attempt to do all the learning packages on the CNO website. They are there to help you pass the CRNE, and are free! Use everything you can that is free. Then go to your medical surgical book and study it. Use it as your crutch when going over questions and problems, and strengthen your knowledge base. Go over all the main areas, all the main diseases, all the main conditions, and study the patho, the nurses role, signs and symptoms, the psychosocial. Apply the nursing process to each question you review or scenario, and overall think like a nurse would think. I know its not that easy, especially since many of you are not practicing nurses, but its a start. Pick up the CNA workbook and practice the questions. They design the exam, so it would likely make sense to practice and learn from the questions in the book. Know your main drug classifications. Do a search of this site, there are countless suggestions that will really help you on your journey.

    Take a course if you can afford it, but its not the end all. You need to study hard, especially if you are an internationally trained nurse. I took a class from a guy who no longer offers it, so theres no point putting it on here. That said, I did my research too. Nurses education Inc and Toronto School of Nursing seem to have good reviews, so I would check them out. They both seem to have great reviews on all nurses as well. Toronto School of Health also seems to have good reviews for the most part. The facebook site, although I don't know who runs it, seems to promote them there too and they post lots of questions there, so they are good practice, check them out. They have lots of likes, so that must mean something. That said, do a general web search of them and they got fined by the government for running some fake programs, so that is something to be concerned about. g%20Order_January%2028%202009.pdf 20and%20Review%20Decision.pdf

    There is also CNCAP, which I found on a google search, and they appear to run out of Mississauga, and seem also to be good. I have not read much about them as they are newer. Primed education is another one that did a weekend course at my university. It is a bit rushed though, and a general review. If you have failed your CRNE, I wouldn't start here. I would make a 3 month study schedule, study everyday even if you are working, and work hard hard hard. There is no replacement for hardwork remember that.
  3. by   gurpreetsingh
    thank you, I didn't know this, i will read the links. Can you tell me names of books to buy,..
  4. by   RedTea

    I will be writing for the second time as well in Feb 06, I am looking for dedicated study buddies study with. I have been looking into signing up for a prep course. I have looked at Toronto School of Health - the reviews are illegal/some have passed and failed as well. Toronto School of Nursing - I personally know people who have passed and failed from taking this course and the reviews from them was it wasn't as helpful.

    Did anyone take the Nurses education Inc prep course ? or HCPT ? any thoughts/ reviews on these courses?

    I live in Scarborough region near the Seneca Newham Campus. If you are around the area or would like to meet at a mutual location please contact me.

  5. by   nurse lovely
    what is your email address i am not too far away from you therefore we can study together.
  6. by   nurse lovely
    I am new on here and therefore i can NOT send or receive private messages therefore i am asking anyone who wants to for a study group to please leave their email or contact info on this thread where i can see it so that i can email you to discuss where we can meet to study. I am near Markham Ontario but i am willing to commute as i have a car. i hope we can form a group soon as i heard three months is enough time to study and pass the CRNE
  7. by   manbil79
    Please email me at I am looking for a study group in Brampton.
  8. by   RedTea
    @ Nurse Lovely :

    Send me your email address as a reply I will get in touch today.
  9. by   JessicaLeigh
    Hi Shannon (and everyone else as well),

    I'm so really sorry to hear about your unsuccessful attempt in June; I also failed in June (by 4%) and then again in October (by 1%!!). In retrospect I should have taking time off to reflect and fully comprehend where and why I was failing however I was just so eager to get out into the workforce like many of my friends. In addition, there is a lot of shame associated with failing and I was simply too embarrassed to tell anyone and I didn't get the help that I truly needed the first time that I was unsuccessful.

    I have been studying fairly steadily for over a year now and I feel more ready than ever for the exam in February 2013, although my ego is definitely bruised a little after two failed attempts! Now that I have sought the help I need and know my areas of weakness I feel confident that the third time will be the charm. It is all about a positive attitude and reminding yourself that you are competent and capable, like so many individuals have been saying on this forum. You CAN do it and you DO deserve it :-)

    I have literally bought and completed EVERY review guide with the pass two exams, so this time I wanted to do something different. This CRNE Prep Guide was created by someone who teaches the weekend prep course at the UofT School of Nursing and it has been an absolute God sent for me. At first I was overwhelmed and resistant to taking it on however now it completely makes sense. The guide organizes studying into the 4 competencies categories and the way it is organized makes studying so much easier. Everyone who I know who has used it to study for the exam has passed and said it helped them enormously. It was initially created for individuals like myself who had previously failed and were frustrated and unsure of where they were going wrong. It just gives so much guidance. It is only $40 so fairly affordable. Here's the link for anyone who is interested: Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE) Study Guide

    I have signed up for the Toronto School of Nursing review course in January so hopefully I'll see some of you there. I would also really like to join/create a study group, if anyone is interested; even if it's just myself and 1-3 other individuals. I am working through the study guide right now and would love for someone to join me. We can meet meet a few times a week or once a week, based on how studying is going that week for us/ our schedules are. Even just meeting at the library with someone to keep you motivated and accountable is so helpful and amazing to have that support. Let me know if anyone is interested :-) I'm in Toronto/UofT area and have a car as well so can also drive to meet people to study. My email is

    Good luck everyone and keep positive!

    Last edit by NotReady4PrimeTime on Dec 2, '12 : Reason: remove third-party identifying information
  10. by   nurse lovely
    Hi Ray T you may contact me at I look forward to hearing from you
  11. by   nurse lovely
    Hi Jessica i sent you an email but havent heard back from you. It may be in your junk mail folder.
  12. by   nurse lovely
    Hello Amin i left you an email but havent heard back from you. Perhaps it went into your junk folder.
  13. by   agiboma
    Hi all,

    Im at Bayview and Sheppard and looking to join a study group. Also need recommendations to a prep course that has a good success rate of passing.