CRNE Oct. 5, 2011 - page 2

Anybody who will be taking the CRNE on October 5, 2011, please post your comments and suggestions here like making a study group, sharing notes, meeting at the library or anything that will help the... Read More

  1. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    i could enter into a debate with you over this sashat but i have done some research into this "school" and stand by my comments.

    taken from their website:

    regarding the ien crne prep course which is 8 months in length, tuition of $15,000 (books and materials extra)
    [color=#302e2e]"note: successful completion of this program does not guarantee a passing grade on the rn licensure exam." (the type is much smaller... and the tuition is roughly the same as four years of university.)

    regarding their one week course:

    [color=#302e2e][color=#404040][color=#302e2e][color=#302e2e][color=#404040][color=#302e2e]1 month: $ 950 pass 100% guaranteed or your money back*.
    * terms and conditions apply.
    way down at the bottom of the page, it says exactly the same thing as above. so where's the 100% money-back guarantee? there isn't one.

    and then there's the matter of the cease-and-desist order that the province obtained in 2009

    they're long on promises, that's for sure.
  2. by   petethecanuck
    People actually fork over $950.00 for a one week "review" course? That's over 30% more then what I pay for a full semester course here at the U of C.

    Anyhow, in addition to what Ryersonnursing2011 suggested, another good resource is:

    - Lippincott's CRNE prep guide by Elaine Schow and Christina Murray. $54.95

  3. by   jsthavfaith

    I took the exam in October last year for the first time and it was definitely a hard test. Throughout school, I've always had anxiety attacks over midterms and final exams so I studied ahead of time... I started studying every couple days for about an hour in July, then every other day for 2 hrs in August, then every day for 2 hrs in September/October. I looked up old practice tests that were behavioural M/C and practiced the 2 most recent CRNE review guides from CNA. The Mosby's Comprehensive Prep guide helped get me organized as to what area to study but don't expect it to teach you something you don't already know.

    As Ryersonnursing2011 said YOU are the most important part of this. If you are like me and have anxiety attacks over the idea of a huge exam and lack confidence, make sure that you trust yourself -- Understand that you know the material since you've obviously made it this far. Trust your instincts and picture yourself in the hospital working and being faced with the issues given to you in the test... and BREATHE!!! Good luck!!!
  4. by   aju1234
    Hi Ryersonnursing2011,

    Thanks for your update about the text books. Yesterday I bought, Mosby's Comprehensive Review and CRNE Prep Guide.

    I would also like to know how important competencies are in our exam?
  5. by   petethecanuck
    Quote from aju1234

    I would also like to know how important competencies are in our exam?

    Umm, the competencies are pretty much the exam.
  6. by   27400
    Quote from aju1234
    Hi Ryersonnursing2011,

    Thanks for your update about the text books. Yesterday I bought, Mosby's Comprehensive Review and CRNE Prep Guide.

    I would also like to know how important competencies are in our exam?
    Each question on the CRNE is basically testing one or more of the listed competencies at the back of the CNA prep guide. They are what an entry-level nurse should know in order to practice competently.
  7. by   shawtee
    Quote from janfrn
    For those considering the Toronto School of Health's prep course, you might want to give some thought to the fact that they only advertise on free websites like Kijiji, Craigslist and other similar sites. You might want to ask yourself why that is. (Especially in light of how much they charge for their course with no guarantee of success... read the fine print on their website.)
    Hi janfrn,

    They are quite expensive; however, they do teach you useful information. I promoted their prep course at my school (as a job) and you do get your money back if you fail given that you attend all classes and do your homework. I attended all classes, they elaborate on the nursing competencies, how to read the question, time management, provide 2 mock exams, give you advice, and much more. I do agree with you on the price though, but there are so few prep courses in Toronto. Sometimes you don't need a course, but I was too worried to fail and did everything I could not to. I am an RN now.
  8. by   MattJoey
    I am from Toronto Ryerson University class of 2011.
  9. by   MattJoey
    This is very true!
  10. by   MattJoey
    Review classes will help but it depends also on how you absorbed the lectures and hints for answering questions. The main important thing is believe in yourself combine with hardwork and and good study habits.
  11. by   MattJoey
    Primed Review for 2 days is not enough!!
  12. by   JustGraduateN
    I passed last june 2011, and here are few facts. 5% of test takers will fail. That is why the passing marks change every exam. Higher > 3.5 GPA is good indicative that you will pass but not a guarantee that you will pass.

    So 95% of you will pass, Congratulations go do your best. Rest, Read on.

    Buy borrow that CNA book, Both exams are good indicators to rate yourself, do one test only, in one sitting. if you score >70% in that test you will pass, If you score > 60% you may pass if you complete the test, but if you score < 60% you need help.

    Don't start reading the material again, that won't help, you already know enough. Don't take the second exam from the CNA book yet, wait, keep on reading.

    What you need to do is, learn, how to give this test, So here is what you should do. Ready set go.

    1. Read the question carefully, look for what is being asked.
    2. Read all the answers. If the answers are mix of Assessment and Implementation. Even if you are tempted to choose implementation don't, choose first/most/best Assessment.
    3. Use Maslow meet physical need before pychosocial needs.
    4. Use ABC, choose answer related to airway before breathing, breathing before circulation and last circulation
    5. Than comes Safety, specially all the position related questions mind safety, reduce harm or to improve safety.

    Follow these steps, take the test # 2 of CNA book , I guarantee you will score more than 60%, if you do keep reviewing the above steps, and Good Luck.

    People who still do not score >60% in test #2, don't panic did you score >55% if you did keep reviewing the material and do more practice using steps given above. There is a good chance you will pass.

    If someone score < 55% in both the tests, we need to talk. First withdraw, Do not give exam you are not ready yet, and do not waste your chance (you know you have only three chances). You need professional help.

    You guys must be thinking, what if everybody follow my advise, what happens to bottom 5%, my answer is the passing score will increase say from 55 to 60%, I know it is stupid concept CNA use, but sad for those bottom 5% who will fail.

    What will happen, will CNA still drop bottom 5%, if everybody score > 75%, I am not sure, never happened before.

    People who are on their last chance do not give exam in October, not enough 5% whom you can beat. So wait for bigger pool say June.

    Plan ahead what will you do during the wait time after the exam, remember 4-6 weeks. Do not worry, there is nothing you can do after exam. You are a nurse, learn to cope (hug person next to you and say I love you), So chilllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll, time will pass.
    Last edit by JustGraduateN on Aug 7, '11 : Reason: Spellings
  13. by   fleetfoxRN
    I wouldn't really suggest taking a review course. A few of my friends went to Toronto to take the review course which, not only cost a lot of money, but I didn't feel would be very beneficial. It may be beneficial for those who had problems taking examinations in the past with multiple choice, but for me, no.

    I started studying about 6 weeks before the exam. That's really the recommended time period you should be studying for it. Where I live, 300 of us wrote the exam, and 75 failed. So, you do the math - that's 25% of those who wrote the exam with me, failed it. I spoke with someone when I called the CNO. Compared to last years, there are less questions and because of that, the allotted time is shortened. A close friend of mine who I was in nursing with for the last 4 years failed the exam. She's only failed once in all her nursing classes during an exam, normally she has quite good marks. What happened was, the first half of the exam was psychosocial... the questions were very wordy, confusing, etc. She spent so much time on those, within the last hour she had to answer roughly 70 questions. She evidentally ran out of time.

    So, what happened? She didnt' crack a book open until the last Saturday when the examination took place the following Wednesday. This exam isn't just about reviewing content that you already know, it's about time management like so many have mentioned.

    What would I suggest if you can't sit for long periods and study? I would do a couple hours a day. Do as many questions as you can, and the ones you get wrong, go back and read about it. Read the rationales. However, I do have to say, that I had to go independently look up some OB that I forgot about (new borns and RBC's) and I happened to read about that the day before the exam and a question pertaining to that was on there. Get up early in the morning and do some practice qeustions if you can't be bothered at night because it's the summer time. At least when you get up early, you get it out the way and the rest of the days if yours. Still read about the processes because just doing questions alone won't get you by.

    Anyway... that's my two cents and that's how I did it and I passed from taking the exam in June, 2011. Now I'm on to studying for the NCLEX.