I took the examination for my CCRN on Monday and am happy to report that I passed :-). The experience itself reminded me a lot of taking NCLEX, but more miserable and less pressure. More miserable because it was a heck of a lot more difficult, obviously…but less pressure because it’s not like anyone “needs” their CCRN like they “need” a license and a job.
The “fun” thing about the CCRN examination are the 25 non-scored questions…these are questions that the test gods are testing, and from what I hear are basically unanswerable. I remember talking to myself a few times during the test saying, “I wouldn’t do ANY of those things!” Anyway, the good news is, I passed and I never ever ever ever ever have to take it again. Ever.
So, what did I do to study? Well, about a month before the exam I started doing a lot of practice questions off the “Pass CCRN” CD that comes with the book. I didn’t actually read the book as that would probably compel me to stab myself in the eyeball with a fork, but it could probably be handy as a reference in the future if I want to look up something specific. I also watched the Laura Gasparis videos once through (she’s hilarious…even my husband was laughing!), and brushed up on PA catheters and the like with “Hemodynamic Monitoring Made Incredibly Visual.” For the most part, I started studying intently about 10 days before the exam…probably not the smartest move, but I just had a hard time getting motivated when the weather has been just so darn perfect lately 😉
As I studied, watched videos and took practice quizzes with the CD, I wrote down anything I wasn’t sure about…at the end I had probably 20 pages of notes. Since the test is mostly cardiac/pulmonary, that’s what I spent most of my time on…it is also heavy on “professional caring and ethical practice,” so if you’re bad at those psychosocial type situations, pay attention to those “touchy-feely” scenarios as you’re studying. I made flashcards for my gFlash app, but didn’t use those as much because I ran out of time and got really really sick of studying. Like really sick of it. In fact, I was so sick of studying that I vowed never to take this test again whether I passed or not. Though in all honestly, I probably would have…I’m not one to back down from a challenge!
So…that’s that! Really glad it’s over and done!