Monday, August 30, 2010

Early Registration Rate Ends Aug.31!

Register by tomorrow to take the advantage of the early registration rate of $300 for the PRIMED  CRNE review courses taking place in September in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.
Starting September 1 the registration fee will be going up to $350.

Our sessions are as follows:

September 11-12, 2010 Vancouver, BC-St. Paul's Hospital
September 16-17, 2010 Edmonton, AB-University of Alberta
September 18-19, 2010 Calgary, AB-University of Calgary

You can register online at or email for more information

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Why choose PRIMED for your CRNE prep?

Many of you may be considering attending a CRNE prep course to help you prepare for the Canadian RN exam, but you're not sure which course to choose. There are a few different options out there and we here at PRIMED encourage students to choose the one that suits their needs.

Some CRNE courses only provide students with the opportunity to write practice exams. While it's great to do this, and if this is all you feel you need then hopefully you should be set. But, what we feel many students need is assistance in learning how to critically read and answer questions. The CRNE exam has its own style and one must get acquainted with this style in order to effectively read and answer the questions. During our two day course we help students narrow down their options and choose the best available option in a question. Other students feel they need to review the core information that they learned in their nursing degree program as 4 years is a lot to reviews and consolidate.
Why not combine both! By attending a PRIMED CRNE reviews course students will have the opportunity to review nursing content in the following areas:
·         Test taking strategies
·         Community health
·         Nursing ethics
·         Geriatrics
·         Cardiac
·         Respiratory
·         Genitourinary
·         Clinical Skills
·         Pediatrics
·         Neurology
·         Gastrointestinal
·         Endocrinology
·         Infectious diseases
·         Pharmacology

In addition, students will have the opportunity to practice review questions after each of the nursing areas. During the span of the two day course you will practice over 200 questions and have the chance to dissect and discuss each one.

Another reason to choose PRIMED is because of the quality of their facilitators. PRIMED facilitators are dedicated to helping you succeed on the exam. Our tutoring does not end on the last day of the course. We continue to provide assistance via email and by telephone for those that have questions or need support.

PRIMED facilitators are Registered Nurses or Nurse Practitioners with Master's degrees who have substantial clinical and teaching experience. All facilitators are registered with the College of Registered Nurses of BC. If you wish to verify the status of Marlene Burrows or Laura Housden please visit:

Friday, August 20, 2010

Toronto course a possibility?

Do you live in the Toronto area and want some help preparing for the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam, either for the upcoming sitting in October or for 2011? Then we want to hear from you!
We having received some emails from students living in the Greater Toronto area that would like us to put on a 2 day CRNE prep session, however we need to hear from more of you. 

Currently, there is a student that is trying to gather enough student interest to plan a workshop in Toronto, please contact us or her if you are interested:

Many of you will be graduating next year from the many schools of nursing in Ontario (University of Toronto, Ryerson University, York University, Seneca College, Brock University, Queens, McMaster, University of Western Ontario etc.) and will be looking for some help in preparing for the CRNE. Then why don't you organize your own school session. We will travel to your community to hold a 2 day prep session which includes lunch!
Please email us at to let us know how we can work together. 

For more information please visit our website at

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Practice question

Let's practice a CRNE style question and break down the options.

Question: Suzy Ip is a 43 year old woman who has just been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Suzy has been admitted to the hospital for investigations and has just been told of her diagnosis. Suzy is married to Hank, 45 years old, and has two children Patrina 12 years old and Kelsey 10 years old. They live in a middle class neighborhood in a suburban community, population of 50, 000. Suzy asks the nurse what her prognosis will be. What is the best response by the nurse?

1) Your prognosis is dependent on the type of MS you have
2) What did the physician tell you?
3) Let me discuss this with the team
4) It sounds like you would like to discuss the prognosis of the disease

Answer: 1 Your prognosis is dependent on the type of MS you have
Rationale: This is the only option that is answering Suzy's specific question. Option 2 and 3 are clearly not answering her concerns and option 4 is a redundant answer, therefore option 1 is the best answer.

How did you do? Would you like more practice? Try our 200 question mock CRNE style exam at or download or Iphone app for practice on the go!

Monday, August 9, 2010


Are you enjoying the nice warm summer weather. Does it feel like the CRNE is a long ways away? Well it's not that far around the corner. In fact, it is just over 60 days away. So it's definitely time to start thinking about how you are going to study for the CRNE whether you are winding up school or perhaps recently moved to Canada.

I'm sure many of you are dreading writing the four hour licensing exam and are not sure how to start studying, because after all there is a lot of information you're expected know. However, it is possible and necessary to study for this exam in order to be successful.

It is recommended that you have some sort of plan of attack. Take out a calendar and write in some dates that you want to have certain things reviewed by. Also slot in some study sessions, and write in the days that you are working or have other commitments so you can see what time left you really have left to study.

Next, suggestion is to maybe have a study timeline of topics that you need to get through. Remember to start with the areas you are weakest with first then move on to the topics that you are more familiar with. The sooner you start the better prepared you'll be. But also remember, not to pull all day marathon study sessions, especially this much before the exam or you'll burn out. Start with 2-3 hours and then you can increase it as time draws nearer.

Consider attending the PRIMED CRNE review workshops taking place in September in Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton. This is a perfect way to review core nursing content while having the opportunity to practice over 200 CRNE style questions.

If you want to practice while your on the go, download the PRIMED CRNE iphone app available at

For more study tips, check out earlier blog entries and visit

Friday, August 6, 2010

Edmonton workshop venue

The Edmonton CRNE prep workshop will take place at the University of Alberta September 16-17, 2010.
Register now to save your seat in the course you don't want to miss!