anyone know where I can get a copy of the B-kat test? I remember hearing that you could purchase it online, but I forget where.
Thanks so much.
did you find it?
Jan 8, '08
I can't believe you asked for this. If you can't pass it you can't pass it. That test is a good way to judge if you are a safe critical care nurse or not. Sometimes these tests are in our best interest as well because we wouldn't want to loose our hard earned RN license over killing someone or hurting a patient over negligence.
You simply have to click on the link and download the request form, fill it out and mail in the fee. But y'all should go to the link if not, just to read what the BKAT was intended for, not for what it is presently used in a lot of hospitals. Dr. Toth (original developer of the BKAT) meant for it to be a teaching tool, not a weeding out mechanism. So if you are nervous about taking the BKAT, you should be. Several hospitals use it as a "cutting the fat" tool or simply put; "Don't pass the BKAT, can't work in critical care." Sad but true. So get a copy of it, get a 100%; oh and there's one for medical-surgical, pediatrics, and ICU nursing.
Jan 12, '08
I have never heard of the BKAT but see how it would be useful as an assessment tool. From the site: not to be used in screening, hiring, or firing situations. Is your employer using it in this manner?
Jan 12, '08
I had first used the BKAT (basic knowledge assessment tool) as it was intended in nursing school during our critical care rotation; we took it the first day of class and then again on our last lecture day for critical care. Our instructor said it was so he could see gains made by students. Now in the real nursing world, some facilities use it as a screening tool for the critical care units. The rule is simple, don't pass the BKAT; lose your ICU position. So in preparation during orientation; I did a search for BKAT and I was shocked to find what it was intended for. The hospital where I'm at now gives you 2 shots at passing, now I don't know what happens once you don't pass it so I'm at a loss there. Just food for thought.