hearts895, RN BSN 12,642 Views
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I passed with 93% !! I would say that Laura G's videos and book definitely helped with almost everything on the test, but I'm very glad I supplemented the cardiac section with other study materials and took the official practice exams.
Great job and thank you for your advice! Wish me luck please
Thank you so much for replying I completed the Laura G book - all 1200 questions haha - and did the online official practice exam which had only 75 questions. I got 83% on the paper official practice exam and 73% on the online exam I'm taking it in 1.5 hrs so hopefully those scores are sufficient.
If anyone has taken the CCRN recently, your advice would be appreciated too
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I am a critical care nurse working in a very busy Medical/Surgical PCU w/ cardiac monitoring for nearly 2 years and will be taking my PCCN exam this Tuesday (unless I chicken out and reschedule it haha), and I would greatly appreciate any feedback regarding my preparation in terms of likely hood of being sufficient to pass, as well as anyone's personal experience with studying and taking this exam. CCRN experience is also appreciated.
I have prepared by doing the following:
Watching twice over the entire Laura Gasparis Vronfolio CCRN lecture series - disregarding specifics related to Swans etc, but otherwise paying close attention and taking concise notes (writing helps me memorize facts). My co-workers swear by her lectures, and indeed, nearly all her information has been helped me with the PCCN practice exam booklet.
Studying most of the Progressive Care Nursing Certification, Preparation, Review, and Practice Exam book by Thomas Aherns. This book gets a little wordy, but because it's specific to the PCCN, I have studied most of it, in particular, reading the the cardiac section twice.
Attempting to complete all or most of the questions in the Laura Gasparis CCRN Review Questions & Rational book - this is a tough book at times and it has over 1,200 questions categorized by system, but I have only 3 more sections to go. My co-workers tell me doing test questions is most beneficial, so this is the largest amount of questions I've been able to find. I did pretty well in cardiac & pulmonology, not so good in renal though.
Reviewing the handouts I got at a PCCN/CCRN review class I went to about 6 months ago.
Completed the 120 question official PCCN practice test booklet and got 83% (20 questions wrong out of 120). Do you think this gives me a good prognosis for the test?
I will do the 75 question official online PCCN practice test tomorrow, which I am nervous for, as my co-workers tell me it is quite difficult and a definite blow to one's confidence, however they say it did not keep them from successfully passing the exam.
I have been a nurse for almost 2 years (just shy by 2.5 months), however because of overtime, I have the hours of experience necessary to qualify for the exam.
I have never failed an exam yet, and I (foolishly) told some of my co-workers my test date, so now I will be quite embarrassed if I fail. I'll also be sad if all this studying is for not. To be honest though, I have not been able to study in a concentrated fashion for more than a few days at time (2-4 days concentrated studying at various periods) over a 2 month period because I am busy with work (I work 12 hr nights) and personal matters.
I would greatly appreciate anyone's advice and feedback regarding my studying, preparation, and advice for taking and passing this test. Thank you in advance!
Hi there, sorry it has been a bit since I have been on here! I am also from Bellevue! I'll send you a message w/ my email.
Congratulations on passing! I'd rather not say r/e my unit to keep it private. I did photocopy them and keep the originals. I'll message you my email. Good luck!
And yes I passed the NCLEX, thank God. The units that are short & need people change all the time, so I'm not sure which ones they are hiring for.
Your welcome!! I also recommend bringing a portfolio to the panel interview too, & handing it to the managers. Good luck!!
Phone interview questions included:
Why did you choose nursing?
Why is Swedish the place for you?
Tell me about a time when you especially above and beyond in your nursing career?
What experience do you have and how does it fit the units your interested in?
What top 3 choices for units? Why do you want them?
What makes you a good fit for the unit you chose?
Last but not least: Why should we pick you for Swedish?
What is your work and school experience r/t nursing?
Panel, in-person interview questions were behavioral style:
"Tell me about a time when...."
...you dealt with a difficult situation (personal and/or nursing) & how did you handle it
....when nursing school instruction differed from real life nursing & how did you handle it
...when you had a difficult pt or family member situation & how did you handle it
....when you went the extra mile for a pt/customer
....when you had a safety issue & how you dealt with it
....when you had a disagreement or issue w/ co-worker & how you dealt with it
I can't remember much else - its been awhile since the interview - but if I can recall further, I'll post some more.
Hi there Lakeunion98125 & jnkwan
I did hand deliver my career portfolio to HR at their headquarters the following day after the social. Things I included in my career portfolio were: My resume (multiple copies), my cover letter (multiple copies), sample of the nursing student association monthly newsletter I created & wrote, my certifications & awards, letters of recommendations from nursing instructors, a list of my volunteer activities, a write up on the summer nursing internship I did the previous summer, and a table of contents in the front.
I will try & look back at what I wrote down r/e questions for the interview.
As an new RN who worked many times as a CNA/Sitter for the past two years with the oftentimes difficult patients I sat with, I would like to say how much I appreciate this post. I'm proud to say I always took excellent care of the patients under my watch but it wasn't - like you said - as easy as some might think. I really appreciate your wonderful post and I hope other RNs take it to heart
Hi everyone, I just got my license today and I would like to share this prayer I found somewhere here in allnurses.com. I believe that this prayer is really powerful.
This powerful prayer is very effective in examinations. It has to be said before appearing in the examination. There are two variants to this prayer. Both the prayers are equally effective. You can choose any one of these:
O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favour in the examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.
Through Christ our Lord.
St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us.
O St. Joseph of Cupertino who by your prayer obtained from God to be asked at your examination, the only preposition you knew. Grant that I may like you succeed in the (here mention the name of Examination eg. History paper I ) examination. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.
O St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for me
O Holy Ghost enlighten me
Our Lady of Good Studies pray for me
Sacred Head of Jesus, Seat of divine wisdom, enlighten me.
Good luck and God bless to everyone taking NCLEX PN or RN soon!
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