Before the Morning (Failed CRNE three times. what now?) - page 16

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I just received a bad news. My nursing career is over. Yes, I am no longer one of you, but I feel a need to share my story. I have failed the CRNE for the third time and honestly, I don't know what is there left for me. I know... Read More


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    I believe this discussion has gone overboard for me, but I still stay standing with what I said. In the end its the college's decicision, good luck.
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    This post is from 2010 but caught my eye. Even if you fail the 3rd CPNRE you go back to school for a year to upgrade and you can take the test again. Does the CRNE not do this? Curious
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    Not for the CRNE. Unless you had maybe a death in the family, if you fail the CRNE for the 3rd time, you get to go back to university and do the BSN all over again. Which of course, no one would do, so now some are opting to write the CPRNE. I don't know why they now have this option. They never used to.
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    i failed CRNE 3 times here in Ontario. and for a very good reason for appealing, i got a chance to write for a fourth time... thank God.

    however, im going to need a lot of help on ways how to study, what to focus and what books to study to write the CRNE. i never ever failed any exams in my life except these last 3 exams of my life. i couldnt figure why i can pass everything else but this. I failed by 2-3 points, and i even took a class. I thought i have a good knowledge base. But i really need to improve my critical thinking and public health knowledge. and also my English is not perfect.. Fellow nurses i need your guidance to help me a ways to pass this.

    God bless.
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    One would think that after writing it 3 times, you'd have a pretty good idea of how the exam is structured, what sorts of questions are asked, how the answers are worded, and some sense of what is giving you the most difficulty. You say you need to improve your critical thinking, your public health knowledge and that your English is not perfect. That's where you start preparing for October. Find someone who can help you with your English comprehension. Go over the study guide again and again, paying special attention to the rationales for the correct responses. It's not enough to know the information, you have to be able to apply it in real-life situations. You have to be able to put all the pieces together, figure out what's going on, decide what needs to be done and to act. That's not only true of the exam but also of the real world when you're a nurse.
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    Well if you're given the opportunity to take the CRPNE, then take it, I say. No matter how much discouragement you receive from RNs and PNs alike, the reality is that the option is there. Until CNO decides that this option is no longer available, you should take your chances. I'm not one to tell anyone what to do but failing the CRNE 3x makes it hard for me to believe that the 4th time will be the charm. Do your best and practice practice practice. I hope everything works out for you and for anyone else out there whom failed the CRNE.
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    hi jmarc99, I'm happy to hear you were given the fourth chance to write. I'm actually in the same boat as you and I wanted to ask you something but I was hoping to pm you however, I am not able to do that through this blog. Can you please email me. My email ad is ecclessia@hotmail.ca. Please and thank you! Hope to hear from you soon!

    Quote from jmarc99
    i failed CRNE 3 times here in Ontario. and for a very good reason for appealing, i got a chance to write for a fourth time... thank God.

    however, im going to need a lot of help on ways how to study, what to focus and what books to study to write the CRNE. i never ever failed any exams in my life except these last 3 exams of my life. i couldnt figure why i can pass everything else but this. I failed by 2-3 points, and i even took a class. I thought i have a good knowledge base. But i really need to improve my critical thinking and public health knowledge. and also my English is not perfect.. Fellow nurses i need your guidance to help me a ways to pass this.

    God bless.
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    Just an observation, has anyone passed the CRNE on the 4th try? I did a search and found no one has reported here that they passed on the 4th try.

    My opinion as a nurse and educator, that 3 times is a very reasonable amount of tries to pass a test. After the third attempt, it is all about the test and not what kind of nurse one is.

    If tests are being used to judge one's competency I feel they should be limited to a reasonable amount of attempts ( 3 sounds about right) and if a person can't pass the test some remedial work needs to happen, it could be caused by test anxiety, comprehension issues, lack of critical thinking, lack of knowledge, etc. At this point an intervention needs to happen to ensure the person is a competent nurse, not just a continual loop of retaking the test.
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    I think you need clarification. I am almost 100% sure that if you fail the CRNE 3 times, you need to take a one year course. It is completely false that you have to redo your 4 year BScN. I would suggest that you call the college of nurse of ontario for clarification. I can imagine the stress you must have, thinking you have to redo your BScN if its completely untrue. I believe George Brown College has this kind of 1 year course that is geared for RN's who fail their CRNE 3 times, nurses who have been out of practice, and Internationally trained nurses. I think you should go straight to the source (CNO) for direction, because you're torturing yourself with all these answers which are completely untrue (no offense). Good luck
    Last edit by newnursejoan on Jul 16, '11
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    http://coned.georgebrown.ca/owa_prod...rt_code=CE0133

    Check this out. There is contact information there for the George Brown Program. The reason why I am so sure is when I went to the CNO to register in person, I specifically asked what happens if you fail all three times. I was told that one would have to take a 1 year course in nursing, after which they would have another 3 trys.


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