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CRNE??? What to do if failure happens?

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Hi there

I will becoming back to Calgary within the next few months from Australia with my Canadian hubby.

We are looking forward to our return home.

I am daunted already with the idea of the CRNE exam that I will have to attempt at some stage. I am concerned that there is only 3 chances of passing the exam. So what happens to those that fail it 3 times, does anyone know if that has happened to anyone and what are they doing now for a career? Should there be a backup plan when it comes to a career, like thinking about another course to lead into a good job in health?

I do pose a question about the exam. I understand it has to be done. Is to do the exam to prove that safe and ethical nurses are coming through the industry by passing the exam? As we may believe in ourselves to be safe practising nurses but cannot achieve a pass in exam? As well as on the other side of the spectrum, we are human and sometimes mistakes are made whether passing the exam or not?

We enter the world of nursing to want to have an established career and look after people and for some it maybe just the money factor?? I dont know. For me I am intrigued with seeing results from health and a good stable career. If thou, if it should be jeopardised for not passing the exam, I would be devastated. It took me 4.5 years to do academic study at Uni and found it so hard to write essays properly and to have it all gone when achieving a big goal in life is a devastating thought :uhoh21: .

Also, do you think the nursing shortage can be contributed to those that do not achieve a pass in the CRNE?

I will be prepared with books and then attempt the exam and pray for hope and success in it. I am not good at any exams, they are like interviews.

I would like to know your opinion?

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Kabel has 7 years experience.

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In fairness 3 attempts at an exam should be plenty.

Patients need to know that their nurses can operate at a certain academic level and if they can't then they really shouldn't be allowed to practice.

If you fail the first time you should be able to learn from that, do your research, ask colleagues, learn from your mistakes. The exam is multiple choice/short answer questions. If you've manged to get through your nurse training it is surely a matter of approaching the questions from the right angle and getting used to the terminology.

There is access to lots of support. With the amount that is out there I'd personally be worried about someone who can't pass the exam after the 3rd attempt. I wouldn't want to be cared for by that nurse...would you?

I really wouldn't worry about it. Start worrying if you fail the second attempt! There is after all a number of months to prepare yourself between attempts if it comes down to it. Make sure you access the available resources and support because they will help you get through it. For exam nerves there are things you can do to help with that.

Also, try and think more positively about it. I'm not sure whether having a back up plan if things go pear-shaped is really a good example of positive thinking!?

Good luck for when the time comes!

Kabel

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leosrain has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU, med/surg.

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If you fail three times, you must take a refresher course before writing it again. You should be fine though! :)

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"There is access to lots of support. With the amount that is out there I'd personally be worried about someone who can't pass the exam after the 3rd attempt. I wouldn't want to be cared for by that nurse...would you?"

I have thought about what you have said Kabel. Yes you do bring up a good point. HOwever, from what I have read from previous posts about the CRNE and how difficult is can be. I dont understand how it can make you a clinically safe nurse. Because as nursing students we are assessed clinically on practical work in hospitals and we are to pass that area of nursing training. As well as managing to study and pass exams and essays. To do an extra exam that some information from what I have come to understand about the CRNE is leftfield and never heard of, I dont feel it is warranted.

Also because I studied in Australia and being that it is a commonwealth country like Canada. I also see that other commonwealth countries such as: New Zealand, United Kingdom do not have these types of exams for Graduate RN's. So to not have these exams, does that mean we are unsafe???

I will attempt the exam because its what is expected in Canada but because it puts alot of anxiety on Graduate Nurses. I dont think it should be pointed out that we are unsafe if failing. Some people dont do well in exams and just manage to pass. I know I am one of those. I will make a good attempt on the exam though when it does happen.

I know these nursing entrance exams happen in China, USA and Canada. I also had a colleague who tried twice back in China with the exam. She failed and to me, she is very knowledgeable nurse, clinically safe. So I dont think these exams really prove anything.

To me these exams dont help with the nursing shortage.

This is my opinion and we all have opinions. So any refute I look forward to the reply.

:uhoh21: :confused:

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Fiona59 has 18 years experience.

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Well, the new grads I work with haven't sweated blood over writing it and none of them failed.

So yes, it looks like it is possible to to have a degree in Nursing but have it be possible to fail the registration exam.

Kind of makes me wonder what the whole concept of higher education for nurses is about if ultimately it comes down to a national exam.

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96% of nursing students who went to school in Canada will pass the CRNE the first time around. No, I don't think the nursing shortage has anything to do with the level of difficulty of the CRNE.

Poor comparable wages, difficult working conditions, underfunded hospitals, I think these things are more to blame.

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96% of nursing students who went to school in Canada will pass the CRNE the first time around. No, I don't think the nursing shortage has anything to do with the level of difficulty of the CRNE.

Poor comparable wages, difficult working conditions, underfunded hospitals, I think these things are more to blame.

Yeahhh right....96% "WILL PASS"??????????????:uhoh3: :uhoh3: :uhoh3:

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Fiona59 has 18 years experience.

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Well, there's always four in every class who can get a degree but....

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Alright...let me rephrase, in 2005 96% of Canadian educated first time writers passed the exam...here is the link

http://www.cna-nurses.ca/CNA/documents/pdf/publications/CRNE-Bulletin-November-2006-e.pdf

I am a new grad, and just start the job in the hospital. Now, I found I failed the RN exam, and decided to work in US to pay off my loan. By the way, anyone out there wants to work in US? I prefer N or S carolina.

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Hi

I passed the June 2007 exam :monkeydance:

I failed the Feb 2007 exam and was very depressed. But with Prayers, and motivation from my peers and teachers i made it.

Some tips for ya'll:

(1) Get the CRNE prep guide 2nd edition (should be available in your public library) , 3rd, 4th, and Mosby's book.

(2) Take online CRNE Test

(3) Two weeks before exam, start attempting all the tests from the above listed books; for each mock test sit as if it was a 6 hour exam; Continue till a day before exam and don't do anything a day before exam, just meditate.

(4) In the exam, divide exam questions/time into two sections so that by half time you should have done half of the exam. Better than checking your watch every 10 minutes.

The key to passing - smart practice and pacing yourself.

Follow above tips, and you won't ever fail.

Good Luck

Hi there

I will becoming back to Calgary within the next few months from Australia with my Canadian hubby.

We are looking forward to our return home.

I am daunted already with the idea of the CRNE exam that I will have to attempt at some stage. I am concerned that there is only 3 chances of passing the exam. So what happens to those that fail it 3 times, does anyone know if that has happened to anyone and what are they doing now for a career? Should there be a backup plan when it comes to a career, like thinking about another course to lead into a good job in health?

I do pose a question about the exam. I understand it has to be done. Is to do the exam to prove that safe and ethical nurses are coming through the industry by passing the exam? As we may believe in ourselves to be safe practising nurses but cannot achieve a pass in exam? As well as on the other side of the spectrum, we are human and sometimes mistakes are made whether passing the exam or not?

We enter the world of nursing to want to have an established career and look after people and for some it maybe just the money factor?? I dont know. For me I am intrigued with seeing results from health and a good stable career. If thou, if it should be jeopardised for not passing the exam, I would be devastated. It took me 4.5 years to do academic study at Uni and found it so hard to write essays properly and to have it all gone when achieving a big goal in life is a devastating thought :uhoh21: .

Also, do you think the nursing shortage can be contributed to those that do not achieve a pass in the CRNE?

I will be prepared with books and then attempt the exam and pray for hope and success in it. I am not good at any exams, they are like interviews.

I would like to know your opinion?

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