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 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 these graduates realize from delaying their entrance into the workforce can be financially devastating as well.
As a test prep company devoted solely to helping respiratory students pass their credentialing exams we’ve discovered five tips we believe will help respiratory therapy graduates pass their clinical simulations on the first attempt.
Don’t do what your clinical preceptor did. 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.
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.
You can order anything in the NBRC hospital. Do not 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 🙂
Do not order time consuming tests for unstable patients. This may kill your patient and your test scores. For example, 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!
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.