CNRN Exam

What is the CNRN test ?

A CNRN test stands for Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse certificate which provides identification for a degree of excellence in nursing care for the patient with a neurological condition. These Registered Nurses study and work with patients suffering from neurological disorders throughout all phases of their treatment whether it be spinal cord injury or with patients who suffer from chronic neurological disorders.

CNRN is a computer based exam held at several testing sites across the United States. This exam is held only twice a year at limited testing sites only.

Online application form need to fill.

CNRN Exam Eligibility

The eligibility criteria to qualify for CNRN test is:

  1. The candidate should be a registered nurse and must have a current license that is binding through the date of the exam.

  2. The candidate must have an experience of atleast 2 years' or 4,160 hours in either direct or indirect neuroscience nursing practice for the last 5 years.

    • Direct Neuroscience nursing: Direct Neuroscience nursing is known as a connection in the nursing process in a clinical setting where the nursing actions and decisions are primarily centered on a particular individual, family or group of individuals where there is continuous on-going professional duty and accountability for the outcomes of these actions.

    • Indirect Neuroscience nursing: Indirect Neuroscience nursing practice is better known as the participation, action and the role played that includes time spent in clinical supervision of students and staff, research and consultation.

CNRN Exam Dates

March 1–31, 2015 July 1–31, 2015 October 1–31, 2015
Register by January 16, 2015 Register by May 15, 2015 Register by August 14, 2015

CNRN Exam Preparation

A number of resources are available to help you prepare for the CNRN Exam including the test-taking tips to online practice tests, apart from a comprehensive study guide. The exam covers the following fields: trauma: traumatic brain injury; hematoma; diffuse axonal injury, contusions; fractures; spinal cord injury; herniated nucleus pulposus; peripheral nerve injury; and repetitive stress injury. It also covers cerebrovascular and brain tumor topics.

Candidates used the following texts.

  • The Clinical Practice of Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing by Joanne V. Hickey
  • Neuroscience Nursing; A Spectrum of Care by Ellen Barker
  • AANN Core Curriculum for Neuroscience Nursing

CNRN Exam Ranking

The Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurses exam consists of 220 questions. Of these, 20 questions are sample questions which are tested for possible inclusion in the future exams. This exam consists of questions relating to all the aspects of nursing care for the patient with a neurological condition. The aspects include neurological trauma, neurosurgical issues, rehabilitation for the patient with neurologic compromise, and particular disease processes that affect the neurologic system.


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