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deeDawntee has 12 years experience as a RN and specializes in Travel Nursing, ICU, tele, etc.

I am doing some travel nursing!

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    Anyone else studying for CCRN exam?

    I think you can have it all, Reno!! You don't have to miss out on the nice weather and doing fun things in order to start studying for your CCRN. What materials do you have? How do you like to learn? Perhaps you could make some flash cards and then take them with you. You could listen to CD's in your car... A little every day will win the race... You can do it!!!:yeah: :anpom::anpom::anpom:
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    Anyone else studying for CCRN exam?

    Hi redicedtea! What study materials are you using? Any good prep course will give you everything you need to pass. The question you refer to sounds as if it is hyperkalemia secondary to renal failure. You should learn the basic electrolyte abnormalites and how they effect EKGs. Don't let yourself get freaked out. Do you have access to Robin Dennison Donnohoes, PASS CCRN? There is a CD with questions that was invaluable to me in prepartion for the course. Also, Dr Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio teaches in such a way to build confidence. The whole point of certification, IMHO, is to help build confidence and competence in your practice. Don't try to learn everything, it is too overwhelming. The process you are undertaking should be an enjoyable experience. A relaxed confident mind will retain information much more readily. See yourself as a success and you certainly will be. Please keep posting questions. That is what this thread is for. You are going to do just fine!! :anpom::anpom::anpom: You Can do it!!
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    Anyone else studying for CCRN exam?

    Good luck and keep us informed as to when you test!!
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    Anyone else studying for CCRN exam?

    I don't recall anything at all on burns...that would seem to be more of a CEN certification question.
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    Anyone else studying for CCRN exam?

    :yeah: :bowingpur:bowingpur:bowingpur congratulations!! way to gooooooo!!!!! whooooo hoooooo!!!!!!!!! yyyyaaaaayyyyy!!!!
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    Anyone else studying for CCRN exam?

    excellent advice jen!!!
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    Anyone else studying for CCRN exam?

    Hi iheartcardiac!! Thanks for posting on the thread!! You know, the course doesn't really follow any course. The course does come with a book of pearls (which is great) but not a comprehensive overall review in and of itself. I think it is really up to you. She does have some images that she uses, like a slide show, and she uses a wipe board. So perhaps that is useful. What do other people think?
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    Anyone else studying for CCRN exam?

    How far down is down? If you are still above 75%, or so, you will be fine. I love this metaphor: you can't play tennis with your eyes on the scoreboard. Just keep yourself focused on what keeps you excited to learn. This process isn't just about passing a test. I believe, you should feel empowered every day by it. You have plenty of time to retain all the information you need for passing, I promise! Turn this around and use this as a time to see yourself as already succeeding, as already having the certification. See yourself as the committed, competent, excellent nurse that I know you already are. I'm sorry that it took a couple of days for me to answer your post, I've had a tough stretch! Hang in there...you can do it.:yeah:
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    Anyone else studying for CCRN exam?

    All right TLT RN!! Thanks for letting us know that you are in the process of taking studying for the CCRN. Please use us as much as you want and if you feel comfortable please tell us a little about yourself!
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    Anyone else studying for CCRN exam?

    OMG!!! You have 4 certifications???!!! Amazing!! Have you considered med school?? Very impressive!!! :cool: very cool!!!
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    Anyone else studying for CCRN exam?

    all right xigris!!! way to go!!! ccrn and cmc!!!! very impressive!!! yyaaaaayyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! congratulations again!!!!!!! :yeah: :bow: :lol2: :rckn::rckn::rckn::urck::urck::urck:
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    Anyone else studying for CCRN exam?

    Of course dogs count as children!! I have 3 and they certainly are my babies!! Did yours travel with you?? I wouldn't discount doing 60-65% on the Donohoe CD on your first attempts...that is actually very good scores!! You only need 70% to pass, so it gives you some idea how great you are doing already!! Very impressive!!! I know there are others out there studying so I hope they will join as it is always fun to do this process with others. CVICU experience will help you immensely with the emphasis on hemodynamics. Have you gone throug the pacep.org website? It is an excellent review for hemodynamics that I like to go through ever month or two just to keep everything fresh in my mind. www.pacep.org You are going to do great...the best advice is to have fun with this experience. Also, if you can teach what you are learning to people at work, that will really help as well!! I envy you this time. :yeah:
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    Epidurals and Blood pressure issues

    Epidurals relieve pain (obviously) so any hypertension caused by pain will be reversed and the pt's BP will return to baseline. Also, there is a relaxation of muscles, even those that line the vasculature and this will cause vasodilation and a drop in blood pressure. A bolus of IV fluids will increase intravascular volume and will compensate for the dilation. Does that make sense?
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    Anyone else studying for CCRN exam?

    Hey jennjen!!! You definitely have found the right thread!! What are you using for your studying? There certainly is a lot of good resources out there but as people have gone through this process on this thread, we have found some great reliable resources that has proved to be 100% succcessful for everyone so far. I highly recommend the Dr Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio course on the CCRN: www.greatnurses.com and the Robin Donohoe Dennison PASS CCRN. It is a reference book that has WAY too much information in it for the CCRN, use it as a reference only, but what is invaluable is the disc that comes with it with questions that are formatted and the tests are set-up exactly like the CCRN. We have found that the scores you get on the disc correlates almost exactly to the actual score you willl receive on the CCRN, so it is a great predictor of when you are ready!! http://www.amazon.com/Pass-CCRN%C2%AE-Robin-Donohoe-Dennison/dp/0323025927/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1216136486&sr=1-1 Don't pay attention to the review on amazon, the disc is honestly worth its weight in gold for preparing for and building your confidence in taking the exam. I have no doubt that with your great experience, with these resources and with the support that you will find here on this thread that you absolutely WILL pass your CCRN. I would set that concern aside and use the process as a time to become more confident, and solidify your already extensive knowledge base. It really is a very empowering process. Please use us here as much as you want!! And if you feel comfortable, please tell us a little about yourself. :wlcmblks::wlcmblks::wlcmblks:
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    need advice--and yes, support

    I second what rbezemek said (very well, by the way) and want to add my voice of support. It is very disheartening when you see a manager's or organization's true operating condition. Obviously, they are stressed out and operate with manipulation and coersion, instead of true empowerment of their employees. Please see past that horrible meeting you had and dwell on all the positive feedback you have received. Perhaps, you could get references from some of them, which would speak volumes compared to whatever sabotage your current manager may want to do to your career advancement. I have a very strong hunch that meeting with you personally your interviewers will instantly know what kind of quality nurse and human being you are. Go in confident and just be yourself and I promise nothing will hold you back!! If they ask if they can call your current manager, just say that you prefer that they do not, as you don't want it known that you are pursuing new employment at this time. (or something along those lines) I have said that in interviews and have never had problems. Remember that horrible situation can and will not define who you are. You are much more powerful than that. Go in unashamed and proud of what you have accomplished, that is what is true and apparent to all. Good luck!!! (but I don't think you need it!) :yeah:
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    Anyone else studying for CCRN exam?

    Alll right!!! Welcome to our little thread. There are a lot of supportive people who have successfully achieved their CCRN and current folks who are studying as well who post here. I would encourage you to use this support tool as fully as possible. It can be very empowering. Sometimes, people at work may not be as supportive as one would like, but being in communication with other like-minded nurses can make the difference! If you feel comfortable, please tell us a little about yourself. :wlcmggrp: :yeah: :grpwlcm: