Tips for passing the RRT clinical simulation exam
The NBRC clinical simulation exam is known as one of the most feared and difficult exams to pass of all credentialed allied health fields. In fact, almost half of all respiratory graduates fail the NBRC CSE exam on their first attempt!
This can be pretty devastating for new graduates after investing so much time, money and effort into becoming a respiratory therapist. The cost of retaking the exam, in addition to the potential lost wages respiratory therapy students face as a result of failing their board exams can be financially devastating as well.
As a test prep company devoted solely to helping respiratory students pass their credentialing exams we at respiratory cram have discovered five tips we believe will help respiratory therapy graduates pass their clinical simulations on their first attempt.
Exam Tip #1
When taking the NBRC clinical simulation exam don’t do what your clinical preceptor did during clinical. This isn’t to say that your preceptor did the wrong thing. It just means that the NBRC hospital functions a lot differently than a real world hospital.
Exam Tip #2
On the NBRC CSE choosing the wrong answer while gathering information will count against you more than not choosing an answer that is correct. So, the bottom line is if you don’t know what a test is, don’t select it.
Exam Tip #3
You can order anything in the NBRC hospital. So don’t shy away from ordering a chest tube or intubation. You may not be able to order such things at your hospital, however at the NBRC you can order whatever you’d like (as long as it’s indicated 🙂
Exam Tip #4
Do not order time consuming tests for unstable patients. This may kill your patient and your simulation scores. For example, if a patient is unresponsive with a heart rate of 8 bpm, do not order a chest X-ray, or ABG, or pulmonary function test. This patient needs an immediate intervention, AKA CPR!
Exam Tip #5
We couldn’t agree more with Gandalf. The fact of the matter is, if you don’t study “YOU SHALL NOT PASS.” This applies to the clinical simulations in particular. Fortunately, we have two free practice simulations available for those ready to get started.