Dialylsis-CDN exam

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Hi, I wanted to know if any of you guys have taken the (CDN) certified dialysis nurse exam?

I plan to apply and take this exam (something I want to do for myself). Can you give me any feed back on if the exam was difficult or not? And where can I get study material for it?

Thanks:)

Specializes in Nephrology, Dialysis, Plasmapheresis.

I thought it would be easier then it was, def study a lot. I highly recommend the mometrix study guide for the CDN. The book is $50, flash cards are $50. I just got the book and it helped immensely. I also had the core curriculum I borrowed from work, but I just couldn't bare the 1500 pages of material. So that book didn't do much for me, except overwhelm.

You may he surprised at the questions on the test. Be sure to read up on medications, side effects, and interactions. Even blood pressure, cholesterol meds, and antibiotics. Not just epo and zemplar. Also make sure you know the basics of the water system and AAMI guidelines. The questions I found most surprising were the meds. The rest is what you might expect. Even with several years in dialysis, it is still important to review the basics. Oh also, need to know a lot about renal diet. Which veggie is most high in phosphorus? Etc.. Read up on diet and food charts. Some stuff you will already know just from your practice, which can't be studied effectively from an outsider. Good luck! It isn't too bad... Try that mometrix review book!

keepmovingrn

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Specializes in PD,Nxstage,hemo.
I thought it would be easier then it was' date=' def study a lot. I highly recommend the mometrix study guide for the CDN. The book is $50, flash cards are $50. I just got the book and it helped immensely. I also had the core curriculum I borrowed from work, but I just couldn't bare the 1500 pages of material. So that book didn't do much for me, except overwhelm. You may he surprised at the questions on the test. Be sure to read up on medications, side effects, and interactions. Even blood pressure, cholesterol meds, and antibiotics. Not just epo and zemplar. Also make sure you know the basics of the water system and AAMI guidelines. The questions I found most surprising were the meds. The rest is what you might expect. Even with several years in dialysis, it is still important to review the basics. Oh also, need to know a lot about renal diet. Which veggie is most high in phosphorus? Etc.. Read up on diet and food charts. Some stuff you will already know just from your practice, which can't be studied effectively from an outsider. Good luck! It isn't too bad... Try that mometrix review book![/quote']

Thank you!

ordoghaz

76 Posts

Specializes in Renal, dialysis.

It was long and tiring. Barely made it, but then again I work in England and so we have different units and guidelines. Imagine the horror. Lol anyways, there's a lot about physiology, acid base balance, basic renal stuff.

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