TNCC-Advice please

  1. I currently work in outpatient oncology/infusion therapy. In a previous life, I used to work in a small ED. I called it a "Mom & Pop" ED; nothing fancy, no trauma, just your usual ED stuff.

    I have been toying with the idea of taking the TNCC. I doubt I would ever go back to working in the ED; I'm working for a different hospital now and my personal circumstances have changed. But I would like the challenge of the exam, plus having the knowledge that I could gain from the course.

    Is it completely unrealistic for me to make an attempt at this course? Brutal honesty is welcome. I can take it.
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  3. by   resumecpr
    Not if you like learning new things! For your personal benefit, I say why not! That said, if you never plan on working the the ED again, most employers don't care if you have it.
  4. by   OCNRN63
    It would be purely for my own satisfaction. I'd be doing this on my own time and on my own dime. (Typical nurse.)
  5. by   AirforceRN
    Its a great course. If you can get the book ahead of time it won't seem so daunting. There is no such thing as wasted education...if you have the opportunity and the means I say go for it.
  6. by   richo_006
    It's an exciting and informative course. I took mine last year and I'm an ICU nurse. I took this test and get certified because i'm doing part-time ed nurse. Good luck to you:-)
  7. by   AndyLyn
    I took the class in June and really felt like it helped alot. It focuses on an ABCDEFGH method of trauma assessment, so if you can get the book ahead of time, spend some time studying the early chapter that talks about that specificially. The tests consist of a written exam (which our proctors focused their lectures on what we really needed to know) and then a practicum (alot like ACLS) where it was one-on-one with an instructor, going through a trauma situation. You should try it!
  8. by   OCNRN63
    Thank you all for your replies. I appreciate the feedback. I really just feel like this is something I need to do for myself, even though the skills really aren't that applicable to my area of practice. I guess there's still a part of me that still feels like an ED nurse, even though it's been 2 years since I've worked there.

    Thanks again.
  9. by   dcarriv
    it can be handy if one of your patients falls and has a head or neck injury. it is also very handy if you witness a car accident.
  10. by   lancepreston
    I think that if you want to take TNCC even though you are not working in an ED at this time then you should go for it. It is a great course and not to mention a good cert to have under your belt. It is good for 4 years. It looks good on a resume if you would ever need it. Plus, as others have said, it is good knowledge to have in your professional career and everyday life as well.......It will not be a waste of your time, or money to do it..
  11. by   OCNRN63
    Well, without going into details (you never know who reads these threads), something happened at work the other day that made me decide I definitely want to take this course...the sooner the better.
  12. by   Fribblet
    TNCC is easy. I enjoyed it.
  13. by   GitanoRN
    i'm aware that this is an old post, however, i wondered if the op did ever decided to take the tncc? having said that, many moons ago when i was nm i took both the atcn & the tncc a couple of months apart just for the challenge and the extra experienced i gained. moreover, plus i got reimburse by the facility where i worked at the time. unquestionably, in my own experience i believed that the atcn was more of a challenge than the tncc both in hands on plus on the written test, although this could vary from person to person. needless to say, i was the 2nd. nurse in the room along with a bunch of residents. on this level, the atcn assisted me in going further in my career as an experienced trauma nurse in those days. although, i must say that some facilities don't care if you have either one under your belt, however, it's good to have the knowledge whenever you as a nurse is surrounded by those that have taken the test and you're able to place your 2 cents regarding the topic on hand... just saying
  14. by   VICEDRN
    Don't see why you couldn't pass it. And it is interesting material...enjoy!