Study Methods and Test-Taking Strategies for the CRRN® Exam

presented by Kristen L. Mauk

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This course is part of our CRRN® Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge CRRN® Prep-Program.

This course content will help students to learn successful test-taking skills. Items such as test question construction, how to identify keywords in a question, and finding distractors in the multiple choice answers will be discussed. Practical strategies for passing the CRRN® exam will help students to be prepared for the certification test. The test outline is reviewed along with resources for student study such as websites, review cards, the ARN core curriculum, and other helpful texts.

CRRN® is a registered trademark of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Kristen L. Mauk, PhD, DNP, RN, CRRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, FAAN

    Dr. Mauk has been a Professor of Nursing for many years. Prior to moving to Colorado, she was a Professor of Nursing at a large private university in Indiana for nearly 25 years, and there she held the first Kreft Endowed Chair for the Advancement of Nursing Science, a position dedicated to gerontological nursing. She earned a BSN from Valparaiso University, an MS in Adult Health from Purdue University, a PhD from Wayne State University, a post-Master’s GNP certification from University of Virginia, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Valparaiso University. Dr. Mauk has 37 years of experience in chronic illness nursing, rehabilitation, and gerontological nursing and teaches in these specialties at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is certified in rehabilitation as a gerontological nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist. She has authored or edited eight books, including three that were recognized with an AJN Book of the Year Award. She has served on editorial boards for Rehabilitation Nursing and Geriatric Nursing and has written numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Mauk is a frequent presenter at conferences at the regional, national, and international levels. She is the co-founder and president of Senior Care Central/International Rehabilitation Consultants, providing educational, clinical, and legal nurse consulting in rehabilitation and senior care in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Mauk is also a past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and has served ARN in many roles, most significantly including the Council of Leaders, Editor of the 5th edition of the Core Curriculum, PRN course faculty, the task force to develop the ARN Professional Rehabilitation Nursing Competency Model, and Editor-in-Chief of Rehabilitation Nursing. Some of Dr. Mauk’s recognitions include: Suzanne Smith INANE Mentoring Editors Award (2017), Nominee for the 2016 National Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers, three AJN Book of the Year Awards (2017, 2010, & 1999), CASE/Carnegie Indiana Professor of the Year (2007), VU Caterpillar Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007), ARN Educator Role Award (2007), and the ARN Distinguished Service Award (2005). Dr. Mauk has taught nurses and students in China over the past few years. She has a passion for helping other countries to develop rehabilitation nursing into a strong specialty to promote quality care for their aging populations and those with disabilities.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. A Primer on Certification Testing

    1. A Primer on Certification Testing

    Even with excellent preparation and knowledge, some people experience a lack of test-taking savvy that can negatively impact desired results, such as those on certification exams. This chapter will coach participants in how test questions are developed, how to recognize distractors in exam items, and how to best prepare for success on the CRRN® certification test.

  2. Preparing for the CRRN® Exam

    2. Preparing for the CRRN® Exam

    This chapter helps participants familiarize themselves with the outline and structure of the CRRN® exam. Domains tested on the certification exam and sample questions will be analyzed. Resources reviewed that can be used for preparation include websites, textbooks, flash cards, and practice tests.

  3. Test-Taking Strategies: Making a Personal Plan

    3. Test-Taking Strategies: Making a Personal Plan

    Emotional and mental preparation is also important for test-taking success. This chapter will give strategies on test-taking success beyond knowledge of subject matter and encourage participants to develop their own plan for success.