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    CCRN review question

    I'm scheduled to take the CCRN on June 15th. I'm using the MedED CCRN review online. I'm about 1/3 of the way done and am finding it very helpful with identifying my knowledge deficits. Has anyone used MedED's review for the CCRN and how well do you believe it prepared you for the actual exam? Thanks in advance!
  2. got2startsomewhere

    CCRN review question

    I'm scheduled to take the CCRN on June 15th. I'm using the MedED CCRN review online. I'm about 1/3 of the way done and am finding it very helpful with identifying my knowledge deficits. Has anyone used MedED's review for the CCRN and how well do you believe it prepared you for the actual exam? Thanks in advance!
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    CPEN advice

    Update: Thanks for the advice all. I passed!!!! Ended up using MedEd's CPEN review primarily and Scott DeBoer's audiobook while driving. Breezed through the 175 questions in 1 hour 5 minutes. Comfortable passing margin too! Hope this helps someone else with prep.
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    CPEN advice

    ​Posted this in the Emergency Nursing forum, but adding it here as well for more input... I've been an ER RN for 2 years now in a level 2 trauma facility (approx 40K visits/yr) and recently have made an effort to improve myself through education. I decided to sit for the CEN and (foolishly) scheduled my exam 3 weeks out from the date I started studying. I should've studied harder than I did, but I went ahead and took the exam anyhow... failed by 3 points! So, I made the (possibly foolish) decision to attempt the CPEN. I told myself that I was so very close with the CEN despite not studying enough (really hadn't anticipated ~20% of my questions to be OB-related), that I could learn from that experience and sit for the CPEN with a more focused study plan. Can anyone chime in with suggestions on how to best prepare for the CPEN? What I'm doing to review: Working on completing the MedEd CPEN review online. Nice review from nursing school textbooks with very brief exams after each module. Good for CEUs if nothing else. Listening to Scott DeBoer's CPEN review audiobook "Putting It All Together" while driving to and from work. These questions seem much too easy. Gradually working my way through the ENA's CPEN review book (which is basically just questions) ( I should add that I used the ENA's CEN review book filled with questions, scored well on all of them, then failed the actual CEN by 3 ... so I'm not sure if this particular book is a great resource other than for reading rationales.) I'd really appreciate hearing from someone who's taken the CPEN (and possibly the CEN) and hearing what resources/study plan worked best to prepare you for the exam in retrospect.
  5. got2startsomewhere

    CPEN advice

    I've been an ER RN for 2 years now in a level 2 trauma facility (approx 40K visits/yr) and recently have made an effort to improve myself through education. I decided to sit for the CEN and (foolishly) scheduled my exam 3 weeks out from the date I started studying. I should've studied harder than I did, but I went ahead and took the exam anyhow... failed by 3 points! So, I made the (possibly foolish) decision to attempt the CPEN. I told myself that I was so very close with the CEN despite not studying enough (really hadn't anticipated ~20% of my questions to be OB-related), that I could learn from that experience and sit for the CPEN with a more focused study plan. Can anyone chime in with suggestions on how to best prepare for the CPEN? What I'm doing to review: Working on completing the MedEd CPEN review online. Nice review from nursing school textbooks with very brief exams after each module. Good for CEUs if nothing else. Listening to Scott DeBoer's CPEN review audiobook "Putting It All Together" while driving to and from work. These questions seem much too easy. Gradually working my way through the ENA's CPEN review book (which is basically just questions) ( I should add that I used the ENA's CEN review book filled with questions, scored well on all of them, then failed the actual CEN by 3 ... so I'm not sure if this particular book is a great resource other than for reading rationales.) I'd really appreciate hearing from someone who's taken the CPEN (and possibly the CEN) and hearing what resources/study plan worked best to prepare you for the exam in retrospect.
  6. got2startsomewhere

    Only male in the CNA class; feeling awkward

    Fake the confidence bud. For it to be real it takes time. Stop feeling awkward and you won't be awkward. We are all human and if something makes you feel weird tell them that. Being a little vulnerable isn't a bad thing. Just don't let it prevent you from experiencing things. Go into this with the attitude that it doesn't matter what other people think as long as I'm doing a good job, that's all that matters. Concentrate on what you're doing and NOT on who's watching.
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    Only male in the CNA class; feeling awkward

    I'm in the same boat. I had my first clinical experience last week and I can tell you this: a resident (or pt) will not care what your gender is, just that you treat them with dignity and respect. In my experience, the CNA that my partner and I shadowed was VERY impressed by what we were able to do on our first day. My partner turned to me at one point and said "You were just so confident in everything you did that it made me less nervous and I felt like I could join in and help". That's what you're aiming for. If you feel the need to stare, stare into the resident's eyes. Let them know you are there for them, not to oogle their bodies. Treat them like they were your family, and they will respond in kind. Personally, I injected some humor (tactfully) when able and it seemed to lighten the mood no matter what I was doing. Good luck and stick with it!
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    Was this a fair consequence?

    Well, rather than bash you over the head over a mistake, I'll just say to remember this and learn from it.
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