I Passed! Zee_RN,CCRN!! - page 3

I passed, I passed, I passed!!!! Oh my word, I cannot tell you how excited I am!!! It was so scary, it was so hard. By question #147 I thought, "I'll never get through this, I'll never pass... Read More

  1. by   pickledpepperRN
    Ceritfication in any specialty is a major accomplishment.
    CCRN exam is a difficult test.

    For those interested here are links to the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) and the CCRN certification corporation.


    And the updated version of the book I used.
  2. by   Zee_RN
    originally posted by christian nurse
    congratulations on becoming a ccrn!!! :roll

    by the way, how do you become a ccrn?? an inquiring nursing mind wants to know.
    you have to work in a critical care setting as a direct care provider rn for so many hours (i have it written down somewhere) over the last two years. you have to send in $300 (or $220 for aacn members). then you register for and sit for the 200-question, 4-hour exam. i took a 2-day review course, used the dennison textbook and the laura gasparis-vonfrolio audio tapes to study.

    codebluechic, thanks for the link! i'll do that.!

    3rdshiftguy, i know what you mean. i didn't have a good feeling either .... but i think that's the way they make those darn tests. you just can't come out of them feeling good. be sure to let us know when you get those positive results!
  3. by   CseMgr1
    Way to Go!!
    I'm waiting on my CCM test results...keeping my fingers crosssed
  4. by   CseMgr1
    :hatparty: I got my test results and passed!!...Sharing a high-five !
  5. by   cwazycwissyRN

    Wow, I can feel how excited you are, it's just popping right through my computer screen. AWSOME JOB
  6. by   CseMgr1
    I AM excited, Chrissy....this is the first credentialing exam I've PASSED since I took the boards back in '81!

    George Carlin is a hoot....
  7. by   jnette

    So very happy for you, Zee ! Big hugs and congrats from ALL of us!

    And you too, Case Mgr.1 !!!
  8. by   Love-A-Nurse
    zee, congratulations!
  9. by   CseMgr1
    Originally posted by jnette

    So very happy for you, Zee ! Big hugs and congrats from ALL of us!

    And you too, Case Mgr.1 !!!
    Thank you, jnette:kiss
  10. by   Zee_RN
    Congratulations, Csemgr1,CCM!! What a great feeling, eh? Did you plenty of accolades at work?! What a relief to be done...and best of all, passed! Great work, Csemgr.

    Does it help you in your position? (CCRN does *nothing* for me at work besides get me plenty of pats on the back...but I did it just for my own satisfaction so I didn't expect anything from that quarter.)
  11. by   CseMgr1
    :kiss Thanks, ZEE. It IS a great feeling!

    No, my co-workers don't know yet, as I just got the results in the mail yesterday. It's the same situation for me. When I started working at the MCO 2-1/2 years ago, our old owners required us to obtain our certification within 18 months. Four months later our company was bought out, and the CCM designation was no longer required. I went ahead with the application process...only to have the Commission tell me in October 2001 that I couldn't sit the exam, because I hadn't worked the required 12 months under the supervision of another CCM. I was really ticked off, because I had been hired for my 18 years experience as a Case Manager/Supervisor in home health...and the Commission refused to acknowledge that experience. I was really upset about it, but my supervisor was very supportive and encouraged me to reapply. So, I did, and was finally approved to take the exam in October, 2002.

    But, two months before I was to take the exam, my father became very ill. I got a deferment from the Commission to take the exam in April, 2003. It was a good thing that I did, for he passed away two days after the October 26, 2002 exam. I was emotionally exhausted following his death, and as the new exam date approached, I was seriously considering not taking it at all. But, my family and co-workers kept urging me along. The next thing I knew, I was sitting in the classroom of a local University along with many other hopefuls on a sunny Saturday morning and actually laughing to myself: "You have got to be kidding me!"

    But, when I looked outside the front door yesterday afternoon and found my mail lying in front of it...along with that big cardboard envelope from the Commission, I lost it. Things have never come easy for me, and I was SO proud of myself, for having perservered. The only regret I have, is that I can't share this with my parents, who were always there for me.

    Zee, I apologize for having hogged your thread :imbar . But it is so good, to be able to share our accomplishments, isnt it? :hatparty:
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    I get an extra $66.00 a month for CCRN. It would be $100.00 if I worked 100%.
    I purchased a CCRN plaque for my unit and one for the hospital where I used to work. It is promonently placed. Family and even physicians ask what CCRN means.
    It is PROOF of experience and knowledge.
    AND you have it forever. When (if?) I retire there is an 'alumnus' or 'emeritus' status a former CCRN can apply for wothout taking the 100 CE hours or validating experience required for renewal.
    GO TO NTI if you can! Attend the CCRN luncheon.

  13. by   Zee_RN
    CseMgr1, that is impressive...you certainly had to persevere to get that. And yes, it is wonderful to be able to share our accomplishments!

    Spacenurse, I ordered myself a CCRN pin. Just couldn't help myself, lol.