Which one? There are so many out there, but I don't want to spend $90 or $100 for a crappy one - I don't mind spending the money for a good one.
Oct 1, '06
Instead of spending money see if your department has any. Most that encourage you to get your CEN typically do.
Oct 2, '06
The ENA Core Curriculum is a must. That was the most useful book in terms of the overall material needed. For test taking practice, the ENA CEN review book is the best IMHO.
Oct 2, '06
I am currently reviewing to sit the BCEN in 2 weeks and this is what I am reading;
- Sheehy's MANUAL OF EMERGENCY CARE (2005 ed.)
- ENA'S CEN REVIEW. Gives you probably the best idea of what the test will be like. The test are all paper and the questions are randomly mixed. You have to manually figure out the area's of strength and weakness.
- Mosby's EMERGENCY & TRANSPORT NURSING. I bought this first, however it is my least favorite. It does come with a CD for more test taking practise. The areas of study are separated so if you want you can easily focus on a single body system or problem. I did find a couple of typos. Rated 6/10.
- Lippincott's EMERGENCY NURSING. Loaned to me by a friend who really liked it. It also is separated by systems/problems and comes with a CD. You can opt to focus the practise test on a particular area or mix it up. There are Practice tests for study, and an NCLEX type test if you wish. I like this one too.
- Lastly, my all time favorite is the book I practically slept with before my CCRN exam. PASS CCRN! by Robin Donohoe Dennison. This is a wonderful study source for Critical Care Nursing of anytype.
Good luck! I hope this helps.:wink2:
Oct 7, '10
Try the Emergency Nursing Bible by Patricia Bemis. I took a CEN review class this week given by her and I have been using her book along with the ENA book which she highly recommends.
Oct 8, '10
I just took (and passed! Hooray!) the exam on Wednesday, and used both the Emergency Nurse Core Curriculum and the CEN Exam Review book that has 5 written exams and then 2 more you can take online. I took the tests over and over again, really studied the rationales behind each question, and then read and took notes on the core curriculum. It worked, and I feel like I really learned a lot. Good Luck!
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