Anyone else studying for CCRN exam? - page 15

Is there anyone else out there who is currently studying for the CCRN exam and would like to start a thread as perhaps a study and support group? I have just applied for the exam and have not yet... Read More

  1. by   Burnt2
    I just finished a 5 day week, bleh....i haven't got much studying's time to get motivated!!!!

    Welcome, nursing 101!!!!!

    I second what dawn says,,,, gasparis dvds are awesome

    apparently, most of us have less than three years xp in ICU, so we're all kind of in the same boat
  2. by   nursing 101
    Thanks for the welcome you guys... I will be on for awhile because I wont be taking my exam anytime soon but I will be getting all the materials a.s.a.p. so I can start.
    It's intersting to share our patients. That way people that don't get a chance to experince them will through us.
    Good day you guys! Baby is!
  3. by   deeDawntee
  4. by   nursing 101
    Quote from deeDawntee
    Yeah! I just had a baby in January! Name is Zavier...
  5. by   deeDawntee
    Quote from nursing 101
    Yeah! I just had a baby in January! Name is Zavier...
    That is awesome!! You are being fruitful in many areas of your life!!

    I can't wait to hear your reaction to the Vonfrolio DVD's!! I swear she has become my new nursing hero.

    Catch you on the thread!!

  6. by   shastacicuRN
    I am planning on going to a seminar that Linda Gasparis Vonfrolio will be conducting in Northern California this September. So far, I haven't gotten any material, but plan to buy the Vonfrolio DVD and book. I am interested in the David Woodruff material too. I am really looking forward to getting started on studying for my CCRN! I have been in the CICU for about 3 years now. This is great to have some other feedback on others interested and that have already taken and passed the test! Thanks!
  7. by   deeDawntee
    Hey Shasta!!!!! Yaaaayyyyyyy!!!!!

    Great to have you on board!!! Welcome to our little group!!
    It has been such an empowering experience, just preparing for this test!!

    It sounds like you have in mind some great resources for your studying. I am so jealous that you will get to see Dr Laura in person for CCRN prep. She is coming to MN as well, but not for CCRN.

    So glad you found us!!!! I just got home from three 12 hour night shifts in a row!!! Need sleep!!

  8. by   deeDawntee
    hi all future ccrners!!
    how is everyone doing?
    could everyone check in in the next couple of days? how is studying going? any experiences with patients you would like to share?
    any dates set for the exam?

    i have to get back into studying myself. after a few full days of work and a couple of days to recover, it is time to dig back in!! again, welcome to nursing 101 and shastaicurn for joining us!!!
    so, as far as i know, there are elizabethjrn, burnt2, emernurse, hoozdo (who got her cert in july!), ruralrn, stressgal. beckykrn and myself who have been a part of this thread and are interested in ccrn. sorry, if i missed anybody, please let us know if i did. would you guys be interested in some pathophsyiology on this thread? things we need to know about different disorders? nothing copyrighted mind you but the important points for different issues?
    we could all share different points of view. this thread has quieted down a lot. i want it to become 'alive' again. perhaps i will start this a bit and we can see how it goes.

    did anyone check out that youtube bit on ccrn. i thought it was really good, though it was short.

    ok, i'm going to start with some posts on different disorders, and i would love feedback to whether it is helpful or not.

    come back!!!!
  9. by   cardiacRN2006
    I'm still following this thread!

    I don't think I will be able to test this year though. I kinda fell out of the study habit for a few weeks.

    I'll start studying again soon!
  10. by   deeDawntee
    what is somogyi effect?

    rebound hyperglycemia due to stress hormone release in response to insulin induced hypoglycemia. with a rapid decline in blood sugar, the sxs are due to release of adrenaline in attempt to restore glucose to normal.

    what are key differences btw bacterial and viral meningitis?

    bacterial: staph,
    csf: very elevated protein and low glucose, purulent,
    contains leukocytes
    viral: enterovirus, herpes
    csf: mod elevated protein and normal glucose, clear,
    contains lymphocytes

    common characteristics: nuchal rigidity, brudinskis sign and kernigs sign.
  11. by   deeDawntee
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    I'm still following this thread!

    I don't think I will be able to test this year though. I kinda fell out of the study habit for a few weeks.

    I'll start studying again soon!
    I am so glad that you are still here!!! I would love to keep this thread going, not only because it is fun, but it is very empowering.

    I would love people to check in with cool patients or issues or anything, just to keep the communication alive. I can sometimes feel alone at work when I want to share or whatever but to know there are nurses around the country who are dealing with the same things and really want to empower their practices as well, is VERY supportive to me. That is my intention!! It doesn't matter when you will test for CCRN, that you have that commitment and intention is what is important to me. Some of us have described the 'ridicule' we have faced when we have told people we are interested in taking this exam, now those are the people I do NOT want to be involved with, know what I mean?
  12. by   deeDawntee
    what medications are contraindicated in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

    no digoxin, dobutamine, dopamine, nipride, nitrates, tridil, isuprel, or morphine.

    what medication is indicated?

    need beta blocker (often inderal) to decrease contractility and slow down heart. (sometimes ca++ channel blocker, ie verapamil)

    anybody want to respond to as why?
  13. by   deeDawntee
    Oh my gosh! Last night, I had a pt come in with DKA and an initial pH of 6.99. Unbelievable. Personally, that is the lowest pH I have encountered. It was really cool because the Doc who was managing him was not one of the Intensivists but one of the Hospitalists and he had started this guy on the standard ICU insulin gtt, which as we who have been studying this stuff know that it drops the sugar too fast and keeps them at too low of a blood sugar. Anyway, it was really cool to interact with him with some knowledge about DKA. He was reviewing the chart on the unit and I came out of the room and told him the pt's blood glucose was now 248, do want to switch him over to IVF with dextrose. He looked a bit bewildered, so I showed him the DKA protocol and the pt was switched to it. I needed to call him several times that night and I really felt that there was a respect there from him that felt really good!! Anyway, the guy was doing quite well by the morning, ABG's normalized, K and glucose wnl. Pretty cool.