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Hi, I'm sure you hear this question a lot but I think the answers very over the years. How far in advance should you start studying for CCRN and what are the best materials out to aid in studying?

Nccity2002, MSN, RN

Specializes in Trauma/Critical Care. Has 10 years experience.

Hi AnRNIM,

Dependig on your experience (at least two years in ICU), I would say, give yourself at least three months. I use the Core and the questions/answer review book by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. There are five hundred questions with rationale...very helpful.

Good Luck.

Pass CCRN CDROM and Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio CCRN CRAM review DVDs. The only two resources I used. Studied for about two weeks. Passed with flying colors.

NurseKitten, MSN, RN

Specializes in Case Mgmt, Anesthesia, ICU, ER, Dialysis. Has 20 years experience.

Pass CCRN by Robin Dennison.

ghillbert, MSN, NP

Specializes in CTICU. Has 20 years experience.

There's an enormous "CCRN" thread if you would like to do a search on the forums - it has a lot of valuable info that would be worthwhile reading.

BellaInBlueScrubsRN

Has 3 years experience.

Right out of school I got the Notes on ICU Nursing by Hammerschmidt and Mulholland. Its a good book about equipment and basic skills. But pretty much you can read the book online @ icufaqs.com. I am kinda looking for a book more on Patho now. My friend has the Pass CCRN book.... which I'm not really looking to take anytime soon but I think I might buy it just to read.

I'm open to suggestions too!

Pass CCRN is a kickass book. Lots of hardcore pathophysiology in it.

I want to take my CCRN by June, I'll have the hours required and it would make my CRNA app look pretty nice.

stressgal, RN

Specializes in CCRN.

I studied for about 2 1/2 months with the Laura G videos and Pass CCRN questions. I spent a little bit more time as I work in a 13 bed community hospital ICU. We have about two baloon pump patients and a handful of PA lines annually. I passed the first time, but boy was it the hardest test I have ever taken. I am preparing to study for the CMC certification over the winter months. Good luck!

FOCKER0014

Specializes in STICU; cross-trained in CCU, MICU, CVICU. Has 6 years experience.

Pass the CCRN book (which has a CD of 1000 questions) and the Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio CCRN DVDs....studied for 2 weeks.....passed just fine...know your cardiac and associated drugs....especially dobutamine and nipride

My only worry is that I am taking it in February and that will be the new CCRN format. Will these study materials be outdated? I'm unsure what book to get here now....

FOCKER0014

Specializes in STICU; cross-trained in CCU, MICU, CVICU. Has 6 years experience.

Can't really help you there....you can go to www.aacn.org and proabably find out a bit more information on what the new test entails...at least percentages....if able i would see about taking it early if possible prior to Jan 13.....just a thought....good luck

Reno1978, BSN, RN

Specializes in SRNA. Has 6 years experience.

I used a CCRN review from mededseminars.net and it was helpful. It has review handouts available and you basically log in online and watch a video presentation accompanied by a powerpoint presentation in your web browser. I really liked it.

I also watched the Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio DVDs and they were helpful but a few cons were that they were a bit outdated and used terminology for conditions that isn't used anymore, and the index is awful...there's no table of contents that tell you where each system starts, so the online review was much more organized as far as that went. Don't get me wrong, this is a valuable resourse, but I really think the online review was superior to the DVDs.

I also used the PASS CCRN book for it's CDROM to take practice questions - I think the practice questions were challenging and a good representation of what's on the actual exam, perhaps even more difficult than actual exam questions. I hardly used the book and it's awful outline format.

I studied for two weeks prior to taking the test. Well, I was scheduled to take it in November, studied two weeks prior, got a call that the testing center would be closed (I have to travel out of town for a testing center) and ended up with two more weeks in which I mostly just did more practice questions. On the PASS CCRN CDROM I was getting around 85% on the practice exams prior to taking my real exam and I passed with many questions correct above the passing minimum.

Good luck!

I used a CCRN review from mededseminars.net and it was helpful. It has review handouts available and you basically log in online and watch a video presentation accompanied by a powerpoint presentation in your web browser. I really liked it.

I also watched the Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio DVDs and they were helpful but a few cons were that they were a bit outdated and used terminology for conditions that isn't used anymore, and the index is awful...there's no table of contents that tell you where each system starts, so the online review was much more organized as far as that went. Don't get me wrong, this is a valuable resourse, but I really think the online review was superior to the DVDs.

I also used the PASS CCRN book for it's CDROM to take practice questions - I think the practice questions were challenging and a good representation of what's on the actual exam, perhaps even more difficult than actual exam questions. I hardly used the book and it's awful outline format.

I studied for two weeks prior to taking the test. Well, I was scheduled to take it in November, studied two weeks prior, got a call that the testing center would be closed (I have to travel out of town for a testing center) and ended up with two more weeks in which I mostly just did more practice questions. On the PASS CCRN CDROM I was getting around 85% on the practice exams prior to taking my real exam and I passed with many questions correct above the passing minimum.

Good luck!

I am going to take the test in February. I had the same question as the previous poster. I'm understanding that the Pass CCRN book is not outdated and will still be a great resource then. I'm still trying to get a few resources together. I know when I passed the NCLEX what helped me was just doing constant questions and understanding the rationales.

I just passed the CCRN today and it is a great feeling. This is my second attempt. My first try was on Dec 2 and I missed the passing score by one question...ugghh. It was a tough test and I have to admit that I have test anxiety. The passing score is 88 and I got 98. I am sooooo happy!!!!!

Congratulations!!!!!!

I just passed the CCRN today and it is a great feeling. This is my second attempt. My first try was on Dec 2 and I missed the passing score by one question...ugghh. It was a tough test and I have to admit that I have test anxiety. The passing score is 88 and I got 98. I am sooooo happy!!!!!

What did you use for study resources?

check out amazon for book reviews also

Pass CCRN - Definitely get it. The book is a giant outline (ugh). I did the cd of questions daily until i was getting 90%+ on the 150 test.

CCRN Ahrens- I think this book might cover too much material and the test questions are sometimes flat wrong, but maybe it helped

Gasparis-v. lectures- pretty good if you are into continuing ed class format. I don't know if it helped me.

Plus I read some books about critical care, anesthesia, cardiology etc. before I started studying for the ccrn.

focus on cardiology and pulmonary thats the meat

Are you selling the DVDs? Looking for some to buy. Recycle. Thanks.