Quote from txnurs32
i attended a ccrn/pccn review this week with nancy townsend. she suggests telemetry/stepdown nurses get ccrn. the pccn is new so it does not have validity and reliability results yet and it it not as recognized as the ccrn. she also made the point that if you look at the test plans, they are not that different.
then she obviously doesn't really know what she's talking about since taking the ccrn requires xxxx number of hours of critical care experience in the last 2 yrs. not just anyone can go take the ccrn, they have to be certified that they've worked critical care during the last 2 yrs.
taken directly from this website: http://www.certcorp.org/certcorp/cer...l%20ccrn%20c_0
clinical practice eligibility
critical care practice as a registered nurse is required for 1,750 hours in direct bedside care of (adult, neonatal or pediatric) acutely or critically ill patients during the 2-year period preceding date of application, with 875 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application. all 1,750 hours must be in care of same patient population (for example, for the adult ccrn exam, all 1,750 hours must be caring for acutely/critically ill adult patients).
back to the real topic.....
i would say to the op, which was almost 3 yrs ago now, that you need to worry about learning how to time manage, and get yourself comfortable with the workload you are about to assume. and then, after a couple years, you can determine if that is the type of nursing you really want to do, and then consider certifications. certifications mean very little if you can't take care of the patients.
that being said, i thought the pccn was a relatively easy exam, and thought that many of the questions were not overly well written. and the ccrn is more along my lines of thinking as i look at various review tests, however, since i am not a critical care nurse, i am not eligible to take the test even.