*Original post released on 9/14/2020
Hey there fellow study nurses! I recently posted a two-part article series on prepping for the Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification exam. In those articles, I mentioned that I would be releasing a sample study plan to help you all focus your efforts (and give a little more insight into how and which topics I covered to prepare for the exam). Keep in mind, the study plan looks a little intense, but if you’ve worked hard this past year and truly tried to master the content you deal with day in and day out, it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for you. And if you haven’t quite reached the minimum hours requirement to be eligible for the exam, use this guide as a way to help guide you in your studies so that prepping for the exam later on is less stressful.
Take my word for this, pick an exam date and stick to it. Let this serve as your motivation to stick to a study schedule. Don’t give yourself more than 8-12 weeks to study. If you work more than 36 hours per week, maybe take a little longer. If you work less than that, maybe you have more time to prep each week and need less time before your exam date. In short, only you truly know how prepared you are, how well/easily you learn, and how much extra time your schedule allows. Do what feels right for you but doesn’t let you feel too comfortable so that you aren’t as motivated. Part of keeping this motivation up comes from keeping a consistent daily study schedule; because the more time you take off, the harder it will be to get back into a rhythm.
So, be sure to take a look at the guide and let me know what you think! I have confidence that this sample study plan will help you tremendously in focusing in on key areas while providing tips and suggestions to enhance your studying.