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CNOR Trilogy Pt 3: Last Minute Tips


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Don't let taking the CNOR examination be a stressful experience! Join CCI experts as they discuss ways to diminish those pre-test jitters.

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CNOR Trilogy Pt 3: Last Minute Tips

  1. 1. CNOR Exam: Last Minute Tips for a Painless Testing Experience
  2. 2. HOUSEKEEPING DETAILS • Submit questions via the Chat feature found at the lower right hand corner of your screen. • Questions will be answered during and after the webinar. • If you need additional information or support, please call us tomorrow at 888-257-2667. 2
  3. 3. YOUR HOSTS FOR TONIGHT’S WEBINAR Jim Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR Director of Credentialing and Education Julie Mower, MSN, RN, CNS, CNS-CP, CNOR and Dawn Whiteside, MSN, RN, CNOR, RNFA Nurse Managers, Credentialing and Education Development 3
  4. 4. COURSE OBJECTIVES 1. Review major components of the CNOR exam 2. Summarize successful test taking strategies 3. Develop a test-day action plan 4. Discuss testing center experience 4
  5. 5. CNOR EXAM CONTENT 5 This information is subject to change. • The Candidate Handbook is found at: • The estimated Subject Area breakdown on the CNOR exam is as follows: Subject Area % of Questions 1. Patient Assessment and Diagnosis 12% 2. Expected Outcomes/ Plan of Care 10% 3. Intraoperative Activities 27% 4. Communications 10% 5. Transfer of Care 6% 6. Cleaning, Disinfecting, Packaging, and Sterilization 9% 7. Emergency Situations 11% 8. Management of Personnel, Services, and Materials 6% 9. Professional Accountability 9%
  6. 6. FACTS ABOUT THE CNOR EXAM • 200 multiple choice questions • 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete the test • Administered by Prometric Testing Services 6
  7. 7. CHOOSING THE CORRECT ANSWER • Eliminate distractors; identify why they are incorrect • Answer is based on current best practice as published in the literature, not necessarily on facility practice • Attempt to answer the question before reading the options • Eliminate options that have absolutes, i.e. “always”, “only”, “never” • Review your answers at the end 7
  8. 8. COMMON ERRORS IN ANALYZING QUESTIONS, PART 1 • “Reading into” the stem • Taking too much time on one question. A good rule of thumb: answer one question/minute • Missing the quantifier (“most”, “most appropriate”, “primarily”, “first”, “initially”, “not”, “least”, “except”) 8
  9. 9. COMMON ERRORS IN ANALYZING QUESTIONS, PART 2 • Changing the answers to multiple questions • Looking for the same questions found on practice/sample questions • Leaving questions blank • “Overthinking" question. This test is based on what a perioperative nurse with 2 years of experience should know/be able to do • Re-writing question to reflect current practice/experience 9
  10. 10. PRE-TEST DAY PREPARATIONS • Practice taking exams on a computer if this technology is unfamiliar to you • Annual competencies • Continuing education • Know the directions to the testing center and how long it will take to get there • Be sure that you bring a current, government issued ID, with your photo and signature • Be sure that your name on the ATT letter matches exactly what is on your government issued ID 10
  11. 11. 11 OUR BEST TIP Go to and click on “Prepare for Test Day”
  12. 12. TEST DAY • If possible, avoid activities that you know generate stress in the 24 hours prior to your exam • Be rested • Avoid last-minute cramming • Eat a balanced, slow-digesting meal for breakfast or lunch From: Shellenbarger, Sue. Toughest Exam Question: What is the Best Way to Study? Wall Street Journal, 26 OCT 2011, p. D1, D2 12
  13. 13. TEST DAY cont. • Arrive at the testing center 30 minutes before your test appointment • Be respectful of other test takers • Prometric tests a diversity of occupations • Check in process is similar to airport screening • Expect increased security measures • wands • fingertip scanners 13
  14. 14. TESTING CENTER 101 • The following items are prohibited in the testing room: • Cell phones/iPads • Laptop computers • Wallet/purse • Books/papers • Personal headphones/ear plugs • You may request • Headphones/ear plugs • Scratch paper 14
  15. 15. MAKE SURE YOU: • Answer all the questions • Mark those questions you want to review later • You will get your results at the end of the exam 15
  16. 16. CELEBRATE! • You have worked hard to get to this stage of your career. • All the feedback you receive related to your exam can be utilized in providing better care for your patients. 16
  17. 17. IMPORTANT RECERTIFICATION INFORMATION (information is subject to change) CNOR Credential Valid Accrual Period for Recertification Activities Application Due (Discounted Fee) 2016 – 2021 1/1/16 – 12/31/20 7/1/21 2017 – 2022 1/1/17 – 12/31/21 7/1/22 At the end of your 5-year cycle, you must apply for recertification by: • Contact hours (125) • Points (300) • Exam 17
  18. 18. UPCOMING CCI CNOR WEBINARS: 2016 All webinars are held live at 1700 Mountain Time. Register on our website at Upcoming webinars: • Oct. 12, 2016: Essentials for certification • Nov. 9, 2016: An Insider’s View of the CNOR exam 18
  19. 19. RECORDINGS • Recorded sessions will be available via our YouTube Channel at -KAytxqtJA (link at the top right hand side of our website) and on our website at • Slides will be available for download at 19
  20. 20. Q & A We’re happy to answer your questions! Type them in the chat window now. 20
  21. 21. Please know that the CCI staff is here to help you achieve your goal of CNOR certification. If you have questions, please contact us at 888-257-2667 or