CCRN initial exam with minimal studying

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by amagann (New) New

Specializes in Surgical, ICU, Transplant, Trauma. Has 7 years experience.

Is it foolish to hedge my bets and take the test without any additional testing?

  1. 1. Is it foolish to hedge my bets and take the test without any additional testing?

    • Yes, go for it...chances are you will pass!
    • Focus an hour or two/week until August on studying your weakest area (Cardiac)
    • No, wait until your life settles down and you can devote some time to studying hard core.

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I have been a nurse for 7 years, an ICU nurse for 5, of which the last 2 have been as a float ICU nurse in a large level 1 working in neuroICU, MICU, SICU, burn/trauma ICU). I have not worked in the cardiacICU and this would definitely be my weakest area. I took the Laura Gasparis CCRN review course in April but just can not carve out the time to do much more studying. I have a 2 year old and another due in September, so I am feeling like I MUST get the test over with ASAP. Historically, I have always been an excellent test taker, BUT I have been out of school for 7+years. I would like to take the test in mid August (before my due date of Sept 5) My question is this...anyone out there pass the test without much studying? Will the review class and my experience prepare me to pass the test??

**I can't figure out how to edit my below poll...it is suppose to say "additional studying" at the end not "additional testing".

Edited by amagann

gassy2be

208 Posts

I would get the Pass CCRN cd and do the questions and really focus on cardiac. Cardiac makes up the bulk of the test and your lack of experience there may hurt you. Good luck!

amagann

Specializes in Surgical, ICU, Transplant, Trauma. Has 7 years experience. 12 Posts

I have the PASS CCRN book...I have attempted several times to sit down and study but just have not been able to get any quality time in. I will take your advice and use the CD to start. Thanks!

sasrn0988

Specializes in Med/Surg Trauma ICU. Has 2 years experience. 11 Posts

I took the CCRN after studying for about 7 months, I worked PCU before I took the test but I only had about 1 month of ICU on my own. I would say the Pass CCRN and the AACN 180 question book were what really helped me pass!