Assess Your Knowledge With Practice Exam
Use Tool to Prepare for Test or as a Refresher
As part of an effort to help candidates be
successful in taking the CCRN-Adult examination, AACN Certification Corporation
offers an Internet-based practice exam.
Developed with its testing agency, Applied
Measurement Professionals, Inc., and its subsidiary LXR, the practice exam is
available online. The fee is $50. Customers have access to the practice test for
90 days from date of purchase.
The CCRN-Adult practice examination exactly
matches the content outline of the actual exam. Although the practice exam is 50
questions, compared to 200 for the actual exam, it is designed to represent the
knowledge level required of a critical care nurse who deals primarily with
Questions from each category of the CCRN-Adult
content outline are included. For example, the actual examination has 12
gastrointestinal items; the self-assessment examination has three. In addition,
the practice examination appropriately reflects the distribution of items
according to the nursing process, and the direct patient care and family impact
dimension of the actual examination.
In addition to helping users prepare for
the actual exam, the practice test can be used as a self-assessment and learning
Hundreds of CCRNs have already taken
advantage of AACN Certification Corporation�s online certification renewal by
The online CCRN renewal by CERPs is
available to all active adult, neonatal and pediatric CCRNs with renewal dates
of February 1, 2003 or later. The CCRN Renewal Handbook, which includes the
renewal requirements and policies, is available online at
www.certcorp.org or by calling
Share Your Experiences With
Your Stories Could Encourage Others
What motivated you to seek certification?
What emotions did you experience-going into the exam, during the exam and
immediately after the exam? How did you feel when you knew you had successfully
passed the exam?
Sharing your experiences may encourage and
inspire others by helping them realize that they are not alone in this
prestigious pursuit and that their emotions are not out of step with what others
Following are just a couple of the
responses that were received by AACN President Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN,
after she invited readers to share in her August 2003 "President�s Note" column,
titled "Rising Above: New Questions, New Opportunities: Embrace the Art of
Patricia Graefe, RNC, CCRN
Next year, I will celebrate my 40th year in
nursing-first as an LPN, then as a diploma-prepared RN. I worked in a small,
community hospital with a 16-bed special care unit. Difficult cases were
stabilized and then transferred to the regional hospital.
I took my CCRN exam in 1991 as a challenge
to myself. My mentor, who had been in critical care for more than 30 years, kept
telling me how horrible the test was and that many nurses failed the first time
they took it. My unit director, who was CCRN certified, loaned me her tapes on
CCRN preparation. Except for her and my husband, no one knew I was preparing for
From April until July, I spun wool and
listened to the tapes. I took the practice exams from the Core Curriculum book
and was faint of heart when I had to look up every question. I thought to
myself, "Who am I kidding? I am too dumb to take this test." But I was
determined that I could take this CCRN exam and pass it on the first try.
The day of the exam was unbelievable. The
classroom was crowded, with all the participants literally elbow to elbow. I was
petrified. When I walked out of that classroom (I waited at my desk until at
least three others left before me), I felt as if a huge millstone was taken off
my shoulders. One can imagine the jubilation I felt when I found out that I
passed on the first try. I have held onto that glow ever since.
I have maintained my CCRN, as well as my
certification as a gerontological nurse. I manage to get a minimum of 150 hours
of continuing education each year. My certification has helped me with teaching
the new staff members and encourages me to keep up to date. I don�t want to fail
in the eyes of my co-workers or myself.
I congratulate all those nurses who take
the test and feel the sense of pride of accomplishment.
Terri E. Girt, RN, MSN, CNS
I am a critical care nurse of 12 years and
have just finished my MSN as an adult health CNS. One of my goals is to take the
I am one of those who has desired to take
the exam and have even taken one review course, but have been unable to go
through with it. Now that I am now done with grad school, I really have no
Test taking has never been a talent for me,
so I think that also has kept me from taking the exam. However, I feel that I
have the knowledge.
If you have a similar story to tell, send
your comments to AACN News, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656; e-mail,
Maintain Your Pride in CCRN
Critical care nurses who can no longer
maintain their active CCRN certification can apply for special designations
designed to keep them connected to the prestigious credential:
Retired CCRN-for those who are retiring
from nursing, with no plans to return or to renew certification and who have
been a CCRN for a three-year period at some time in their career
Alumnus CCRN-for those no longer working at
the bedside of acutely or critically ill patients, even in a supervisory role
If you are interested in either status,
visit the AACN Certification Corporation Web site at
Certification Director Elected to
Board of Directors of NOCA
AACN Certification Corporation Director
Carol Hartigan, RN, MA, has been elected to the board of directors of the
National Organization for Competency Assurance, which sets quality standards for
credentialing organizations nationwide.
Hartigan began her three-year term during
the organization�s annual business meeting in November in Orlando, Fla.
Hartigan joined AACN as a program
development specialist before moving to AACN Certification Corporation as a
certification specialist and then director.
She formerly was NCLEX contract manager at
the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Chicago, Ill., and was project
manager for the national implementation of Computerized Adaptive Testing. She
has also served as associate executive director of the Missouri State Board of