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Just wanted to say hello to everyone. :) My name is A.J and i have begun the journey to becoming an RN. This website is simply amazing!!!!!

I start my BSN program this fall! I'm excited! Have you already started your program?

Congrats to you both. I started my BSN program in june and its going well can't wait till fall semester. It is very exciting and this website is great.

I'm also starting tomorrow and I'm really excited !!!

RunBabyRN

Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology. Has 2 years experience.

Welcome, AJ!

Just a friendly heads up, you may want to choose a more anonymous avatar. There are a lot of reasons, especially as a nursing student and RN, to protect your identity on a very public forum! :)

Good luck on your journey!

I start my ASN program in Oct, i am very ecstatic about it. Thank you ruby i will change it right away, don't want any creeps on me. Just kidding. :p Good Luck to everyone! quick question to the RN's how long after graduation do you have to wait before you get a certification like CCRN?

RunBabyRN

Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology. Has 2 years experience.

I start my ASN program in Oct, i am very ecstatic about it. Thank you ruby i will change it right away, don't want any creeps on me. Just kidding. :p Good Luck to everyone! quick question to the RN's how long after graduation do you have to wait before you get a certification like CCRN?

For CCRN, you usually need to have a few years of ICU experience under your belt, and, I believe, ER experience. For some specialties, you *could* go straight through, but it's harder to find work if you have zero RN experience. I've always thought it ironic to have a master's in something you've never actually done.

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 41 years experience.

I start my ASN program in Oct, i am very ecstatic about it. Thank you ruby i will change it right away, don't want any creeps on me. Just kidding. :p Good Luck to everyone! quick question to the RN's how long after graduation do you have to wait before you get a certification like CCRN?
HI! AJ....Welcome to AN! The largest online nursing community!

It actually has nothing to do with creeps...you will find out that nursing doesn't like nurses in public forums on social media. Anonymity is your best friend.

To sit for the CCRN

Initial Eligibility Requirements

  • Current unencumbered licensure as an RN or APRN in the U.S. is required.
    • An unencumbered license is not currently being subjected to formal discipline by any board of nursing and has no provisions or conditions that limit the nurse's practice in any way.

    [*]Candidates must meet one of the following clinical practice requirement options:

    • Option 1: Practice as an RN or APRN for 1,750 hours in direct bedside care of acutely and/or critically ill patients during the previous two years, with 875 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application.
    • Option 2: Practice as an RN or APRN for at least five years with a minimum of 2,000 hours in direct bedside care of acutely and/or critically ill patients, with 144 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application.

    [*]Eligible clinical practice hours are those:

    • spent caring for a single patient population (adult, pediatric or neonatal) matching the exam for which you are applying.
    • spent supervising nurses or nursing students at the bedside, if working as a manager, educator (in-service or academic), APRN or preceptor.
    • completed in a U.S.-based or Canada-based facility or in a facility determined to be comparable to the U.S. standard of acute/critical care nursing practice.

    [*]The name and address of a professional associate must be given for verification of clinical practice.

    • A professional associate is defined as either a clinical supervisor or colleague (RN or physician) with whom you work.

So to answer your question...about a year of working with critical patients.