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conway13 is a BSN and specializes in CVICU.

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Hey! 

I just wanted to start a thread because there is so little info out there on how to study for the CCRN exam! I took it today and passed but tried to find information about how people studied, what they studied and how long they studied for! Everything I found was super outdated or didn’t have any info on it! So hopefully this can be helpful for others 🙂 

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MountaineerFan57 is a BSN and specializes in Critical Care/CVICU.

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So, how did you study? Looking to take it early next year 

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conway13 is a BSN and specializes in CVICU.

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I bought Nicole Kupchik's online review course. It was great, you an go at your own pace and she puts practice questions in the lectures to break them up. I found it super helpful!

After the review course, I had already bought her book (It's called Ace the CCRN, You can do it!, Practice Review questions with rationales). I took all three of those and read the rationale for everything I got right and wrong. 

I took three practice tests on the Pass CCRN online question bank. My work has this for everyone to use. 

I took the AACN self assessment exam. You can buy this for $50. It's 60 questions and when you are finished it will send you your scores and a breakdown of them in each section, so like what you get after you pass the CCRN. The format is exactly like the CCRN so it was nice to know how to navigate the system!

Lastly, I had the pocketbook prep CCRN app on my phone. Did it here and there when I was bored. 

I studied for six days, took one day off and then took the exam! I thought the initial content review was helpful for both the test and just my nursing practice in general, but practice questions helped me the most. Espeically cause when you are reading the rationale you learn lots 🙂

 

 

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I crammed through the weekend before the test and passed. The review books, study guides, and practice tests were more difficult than the exam itself. 
 

It’s heavy in cardiac/hemodynamics content so spending the most time on that and multi-system was my strategy. 

Using the exam’s outline as my guide, I used a few different critical care books to review and familiarize myself with concepts and pathophysiology, as well as treatments.

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