Wednesday, November 25, 2009

RN positions

Though the nursing shortage poses many healthcare challenges, it does present the new RN with a myriad of choices. Browsing through workopolis one will notice positions posted in various specialty areas such as ICU, NICU, emergency and to be a nurse clinician. In addition, there are various positions outside of acute care in communicable diseases, mental health and home health. Take advantage of this oppurtunity by choosing the area and location in which you want to start your career. And don't ever forget that as a nurse you have the ability to change your area of work if it is not working out for you. One of the worst things you can do is stay in an area in which you are unhappy for various reasons. We have all seen individuals such as this, and know that they are not fun to work with. Self-awareness is key in recognizing your job satisfaction.

Remember to build on your knowledge by reading scholarly journals, attending conferences and workshops. Strive to improve your practice and thus, patient care. In doing this you will become a nurse leader and inspire others to follow suit. Ways of doing this include starting a journal club, critically questioning policies or procedures in your work area, and mentoring new nurses.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Early Bird Registration

Only 1 more month left to register for the PRIMED CRNE review course and get the early registration rate of $250. So, sign up by December 20th to get the early registration rate!

After December 20th, 2009 the registration rate will be $275.

Do you have friends/colleagues that are interested in taking the PRIMED review course? If so, refer them to our course, and receive $25 dollars off your registration for each person you refer. So if you refer 10 people, you will attend the PRIMED course for free!

These prices include taxes, lunch on both days, and a 140 page booklet. This also includes instruction by facilitators that are approved by the College of Registered Nurses of BC as official CRNE tutors. These facilitators are also Masters' educated and have clinical and teaching experience.

Here are a few more details about the PRIMED review course:

Review areas include:
Test taking strategies, nursing ethics, geriatrics, pediatrics, neurology, cardiology, respiratory, GI/GU, musculoskeletal, hematology, pharmacology, principles of community health, endocrine, infectious diseases and health promotion.
After a brief review of key areas, including anatomy and physiology, students and facilitators will work on dozens of problems together, applying best nursing practices to common clinical scenarios. CRNE style questions are reviewed for each area.

After taking the PRIMED CRNE review session past students told us they found a substantial improvement in their level of confidence and readiness which lead to success on the exam.

Cost (includes study booklet and lunch):
Early registration rate if received by Dec. 20th: $250
If registration received after Dec. 20th: $275

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Saturday, November 14, 2009


Congratulations to the student who e-mailed us the corret answer to the following question:

1. Which of the following substances was invented in Canada?
a) Penicillin
b) Insulin
c) Digoxin
d) Contact lens
Answer B: Insulin.
In 1921 Frederick Banting and Charles Best began a series of experiments at the University of Toronto on pancreatic secretions in attempt to find a cure for diabetes mellitus. In 1922, the first successful clinical test was performed on a diabetic patient.  
Stay tuned for upcoming contests to win more discounts toward PRIMED CRNE review courses!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Get 10% off January PRIMED CRNE review course

Would you like to get 10% off your PRIMED review course fee? Answer the following question below and e-mail your answer to
The first person to answer it correctly, will receive 10% off the January 9-10, 2010 PRIMED CRNE review course. That's a savings of $25!
Enter now!

1. Which of the following substances was invented in Canada?

a) Penicillin

b) Insulin

c) Digoxin

d) Contact lens

We will notify the winner via e-mail.
Contest closes November 18, 2009.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

CRNE Content

Layout of the exam

The questions are all multiple choice. They are either case based or independent in nature.


1. Professional Practice (20-24% of exam): safe, competent, ethical care

2. Nurse-Client Relationship (9-13% of exam): communication techniques, teaching-learning principles, appropriate cultural care, professional boundaries

3. Nursing Practice: Health and Wellness (22-26% of exam): health promotion, disease and illness prevention, primary health care

4. Nursing Practice: Alterations in Health (41-45% of exam): care of clients with acute, chronic, palliative or rehabilitation


1. Cognitive Domain:
  •  Knowledge/Comprehension
  • Application
  • Critical Thinking
2. Affective domain

  • Attitudes and judgment
3. Critical Thinking

Content on the Exam

1. Basic Nursing Care: hygiene, asepsis, infection control, bowel and urinary elimination, nutrition, wound care, exercise, sexuality, CAM, health promotion and injury prevention

2. Basic Health Assessment: including VS, expected/unexpected findings, interviewing/communication, psychosocial and physical health assessment

3. Clinical Skills: Know common steps and procedures i.e. catheterization, dressing changes, suctioning, chest tubes, enemas, tracheostomy, injections, intravenous therapy

4. Professional Practice: documentation, accountability, informed consent, scope of practice, professional boundaries, advocacy, and working with other care providers

5. Maternal-Child Nursing: concepts of normal pregnancy, labour and delivery, common high risk situation, normal neonate, psychosocial aspects of pregnancy and loss

6. Pediatrics: G& D, communication, techniques, safety, IZ, common pediatric diseases and disorders

7. Mental Health: common mental health disease and therapeutic nursing communication/management

8. Adult Diseases: There are too many diseases to know, so think at a macro level and think of the problems the disease causes on a systems level.

9. Medications: Know drug classifications and frequently prescribed medications and OTC medications. Be aware that you are expected to know about commonly used herbal medications. Also, know your formulas for calculating dosages, drip rates etc.

10. Laboratory tests: normal ranges for common tests should be studied
a. Hematology: CBC and diff., Hgb, A1C, WBC, INR, Hct, Plt, PT, PTT
b. Biochemistry: glucose, electrolytes (Na+ , K+ , Cl-), BUN, creatinine, cholesterol, TG, cardiac    enzymes (CK, CK-MB, troponin)
c. Urinalysis: pH, specific gravity, glucose, casts, ketones, protein
d. Microbiology: C& S