how to become a ccrn

The Commission for the Restoration of National Heritage (CRNH) is an independent statutory body that promotes the conservation, restoration and enhancement of the heritage of Trinidad and Tobago. The CRNH was established by the National Heritage Trust Act, 2004 and is responsible for the restoration, conservation and enhancement of all heritage properties in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Exam

The CCRN exam is administered by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). On the AACN website, you will find guidelines to prepare for the test, eligibility requirements, and testing center locations, amongst other useful information.

The CCRN exam costs $335 but is reduced to $230 for AACN members. Here’s my first big tip: join the AACN. Membership costs $78/year but ends up saving you $95 on the cost of the test. In addition to these savings, membership also grants you access to a wealth of free continuing education opportunities, three critical care journal subscriptions, and access to a community of like-minded professionals across the country with whom you can discuss and learn about your chosen specialty.

How to Prepare

It is important to understand how you study and learn best – I recommend employing a number of methods to help keep the process from getting stale.

Review Courses

Review courses are very beneficial. Many larger hospitals put them on for staff, but there are also professional speakers who tour and put on workshops. Some of these speakers even sell recordings of their workshops (ever wish you could click rewind during a live presentation?)

Books

There are a number of books and online courses available to you as well, including one from the AACN. I found these two to be the most useful.

AACN Certification and Core Review for High Acuity and Critical Care 6th Edition

This book provides a good assessment for critical care nurses. Within it, you will find three sample 200-question CCRN Practice Exams that will help you evaluate your preparedness for your upcoming exam. Each question comes with detailed references and rationales to help you understand why you answered it correctly or incorrectly.

Cost: Approximately $118.

PASS CCRN®!, 4th Edition, Authors: Robin Dennison Robin Dennison

This book is known to be a different approach to preparing for the exam. It helps identify new study techniques and learning strategies and is notoriously accurate. Because it is broken down by sections found on the exam. Many readers find it easy to identify trouble areas for more targeted study.

Cost: Approximately $68.

Live Workshops

Personally, I preferred live workshops because I found it to be more engaging and fun rather than studying from books. I chose a speaker who had a dry wit and penchant for memorable stories and pneumonic devices that were easily relatable. I even found myself chuckling during the test when I was able to answer a question by remembering one of her stories. Speakers have YouTube videos that you can view to determine if they are the right match for you. Another tip is to remember you are part of a multidisciplinary team; coworkers such as respiratory therapists and doctors can be useful resources to explain concepts familiar to them.

If you are researching speakers, check to see if they have a YouTube channel or videos posted that you can view to determine if they are the right match for you. Another tip is to remember you are part of a multidisciplinary team; coworkers such as respiratory therapists and doctors can be useful resources to explain concepts familiar to them.

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