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CEN Laura Gasparis DVD/CD

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by jms11875 jms11875 (New Member) New Member

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I am a Critical Care nurse and I have the CCRN DVD's as well as the CD's (audio only). Does anyone have the CEN based lecture series? I am attempting to take the CEN, and I know how good the CCRN videos were. Considered swap?Thanks

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Larry77 has 10 years experience and works as a Associate Manager ED.

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Very outdated videos...why not get the ENA book and do practice exams online?

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Good to know. You just saved me $80. Has the test format changed as of late? Thanks..

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mwboswell has 18 years experience and works as a Full Time Emergency/Trauma ; Part Time Educational.

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Not only are they out of date, but they spend A LOT of time discussing "non-CEN" stuff.... If you want to pay out $$$ for a laugh, get them, if you want to shell out $$ to study/review - look for something better.

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Withn the CEN study material offered through ena.org, what do you suggest between the manual or the non-downloadable verision of the same material? I just feel kinda at a loss with nothing to show for my $68.00. I know that I will have the cert. guess that should be enough right.

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Larry77 has 10 years experience and works as a Associate Manager ED.

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I agree, I'd like to have something in my hands and I have friends that used and liked the book. Personally I'd go with the book.

Also make sure you search this website for info on studying for the CEN...there are a lot of threads on this same subject.

Good luck...you will do great on the critical care type questions but would probably have to study about OB/Peds/ED specific treatments...maybe some trauma, unless you go down for traumas a lot. Courses like ENPC, TNCC, ACLS, and PALS help a lot so try and either take some of those or get the books to study.

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JessicRN works as a RN staff nurse.

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I just took the exam yesterday and passed. This is my third time taking it but this time I swear was so much harder then the past in my opinion. I did very well but I truthfully think I guesed at more questions then ever before. ( I could narrow most to 50/50 but then I was stuck as there was not enough info to go on. ) I was so glad that there was no nursing diagnosis and only one calculation though. I did have Laura tapes but many things she says although they may be right in the real world they were wrong for this test so it was confusing. IE give LR for liver injuries. Go with the old standbyes the CEN test review book and the CEN emergency curriculum review book. And know your pharmacology well as they were alot of questions on it and they were not easy.

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mwboswell has 18 years experience and works as a Full Time Emergency/Trauma ; Part Time Educational.

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I just took the exam yesterday and passed. This is my third time taking it but this time I swear was so much harder then the past in my opinion. I did very well but I truthfully think I guesed at more questions then ever before. ( I could narrow most to 50/50 but then I was stuck as there was not enough info to go on. ) I was so glad that there was no nursing diagnosis and only one calculation though. I did have Laura tapes but many things she says although they may be right in the real world they were wrong for this test so it was confusing. IE give LR for liver injuries. Go with the old standbyes the CEN test review book and the CEN emergency curriculum review book. And know your pharmacology well as they were alot of questions on it and they were not easy.

Jessica, just wondering, why did you take the test again? You are aware there are other methods to renew besides that right? Again, I'm just interested is all.

I take it yearly so I can see what's on it and to help people prepare - kinda wondering if you are doing the same.

Thanks,

Mark B.

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She might be saying that she was unsuccessful the first couple of times when taking it.

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JessicRN works as a RN staff nurse.

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No I have been a nurse 31 years and the way it worked is you write the Exam then in 4 years you do the CEN RO then in 4 years you had to rewite the exam and so on and so on The last time I let I lapse by a year. And NO I PASSED EVERYTIME I do not think it has changed except I think if you do not let your CEN lapse, you can take the test from home (at least that is what one of my cohorts said the other day)

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I went through the review course with Jeff Solheim- which was awesome and completely worth if; it was great for my practice the test aside. If you didn't get go through it and you need the book let me know and I could sent it to you.

Good for you- taking the test.

RachelRN

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Larry77 has 10 years experience and works as a Associate Manager ED.

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You do not have to retake the exam anymore as long as you renew every 4 yrs with 100 CE hrs...used to have to retake every 8 yrs and renew every 4...

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