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by MuscleNurse MuscleNurse (New) New Nurse

MuscleNurse specializes in ER/School.

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Has anyone recently become Board Certified?  Wondering how the exam is. Has anyone failed?

 

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shark_nurse14 has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nursing.

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I took it during this past summers testing period. I felt underprepared, but passed! There's no fool-proof way of studying for it, so that can be scary...there's truly only one book and some people find it to be unhelpful. 

I think a lot of the questions can be answered with a few years experience in a school and guidance from the nursing certification exam review book and NASN resources. I also used the NASN exam review group for questions. Most of the questions I had on the exam were based on policy, nurse practice act, delegation in the school setting, management of emergencies, normal exam findings depending on age/developmental level, and conducting mandated screenings. 

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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I took it five years ago. I honestly thought it was more difficult than the boards. Anecdotally, about half the nurses in my town failed it the first time.

I found the "Clinical Guidelines for School Nurses" from School Health Alert to be a good basic study resource.

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Nurse Jen is a BSN, RN and specializes in School Nursing.

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I took it last year and passed on my first try.  To me it was difficult but my experience carried me through.  I studied the School Nursing Certification Review and I also took a review course that was offered.  Not sure really if either helped but maybe put me in the right frame of mind for the exam.  Worth all the stress though!!

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JenTheSchoolRN is a BSN, RN and specializes in School nursing.

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This is the summer for me - I'm attempting it no matter what!

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ruby_jane has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing.

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I second the comments above about the difficulty of the questions and that my specific school nurse experience saw me through. Don't procrastinate about the studying - I planned to take it over the summer but kept pushing it back until my back was against the wall... Good luck!

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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3 hours ago, JenTheSchoolRN said:

This is the summer for me - I'm attempting it no matter what!

The good thing is you can always take it again (if need be)!

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MuscleNurse specializes in ER/School.

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Thank You All!!  

I think I was secretly looking for comments on how easy it was.  I do feel I'll benefit from the whole process regardless of the outcome.

Thank You All again-

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laflaca has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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I took it (way back in November -why the heck does it take 8 weeks for them to grade a computer-based multiple choice test??).... Just found out I passed!

I also thought it was harder than NCLEX, even a bit more difficult than the CEN (emergency nursing) exam I passed a few years ago. I studied on policy and Practice Act issues and kids-under-13 health issues, knowing that those were my weak areas. I had a better knowledge base on emergency procedures, normal development, and screenings.  

Glad it's done!

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MHDNURSE has 21 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN, NP and specializes in Pediatrics, Community, and School Health.

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One of the nurses in my district just took it in November and said it was "easy"- she said this before her results came back.  Thankfully she passed, LOL.  I did the practice questions and got them all right, but also though a few were weird and had nothing to do with the realities of school nursing.  They need questions on dealing with hypochondriac teachers, frequent fliers, annoying admin, crazy parents, etc.

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NurseMom1972 has 8 years experience as a RN and specializes in School Nurse.

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10 minutes ago, MHDNURSE said:

One of the nurses in my district just took it in November and said it was "easy"- she said this before her results came back.  Thankfully she passed, LOL.  I did the practice questions and got them all right, but also though a few were weird and had nothing to do with the realities of school nursing.  They need questions on dealing with hypochondriac teachers, frequent fliers, annoying admin, crazy parents, etc.

Which practice questions did you do???

 

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NutmeggeRN has 25 years experience as a BSN and specializes in kids.

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On 12/16/2019 at 9:36 AM, JenTheSchoolRN said:

This is the summer for me - I'm attempting it no matter what!

Made it my goals in my learning plan....now I am committed!!!

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