Before the Morning (Failed CRNE three times. what now?) - page 8

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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'd like to pose a few questions... If having been unsuccessful at passing the CRNE after three attempts SHOULDN'T be the end of it, where do they draw the line? Why test people in the first place? Why even have regulations and standards? If you were in charge of regulating the nursing profession, how would you do it? How do you ensure that the people you're giving practice permits to have the minimum knowledge base to give nursing care at all, never mind safe nursing care? After all, we teach patients to catheterize themselves, to suction their trachs, to test their blood sugar, to give themselves injections. They only need to know the specific details that apply to their own particular circumstances. BUT... nurses need to know what they're doing, how to do it and WHY they're doing it - IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES. Does it really matter if we understand how drugs work, or is it enough to just know how to give them? Why bother to assess a person's ability to ambulate after a hip replacement when they're going home and will be someone else's responsibility? Who cares if we know how the Canadian health care system works as long as we're getting a paycheque from it?

    Seriously. How would you do it?? How many tries should someone have to pass? 5? 10? 100?
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    Quote from ecclessia
    Hello,
    Is there anybody who could shed some light to what we can do after this? I don't think this should be the end. I have never failed in my four years in university (just like you jmarc99) in Ontario and I believe I'm a good nurse and it sucks that I won't be able to become one because of being unsuccessful with my last attempt and I know people would say well on your third try you should get it and I don't understand too why this had to happen. I have prepared for this exam and felt ready as ever.. I truly believe there's a way. Please help me. Anyone who knows pls shed some light to what we should do next...I don't want to give up on my dream of becoming a nurse just yet. Pleaseeeee...

    From what I gather, we have to take some classes? How about NCLEX, are we eligible to take it?
    Please help!

    Hi ecclessia,

    I hear your concern and the fact of not passing the CRNE after 3 attempt.

    Did you call the college of nurse where you graduated from, and ask for advises.

    Each province has the same regulation (max: 3 attempts for CRNE). However, I heard from classmates in the past who didn't make it 3 times would able to complete approximate one week assessment reviews with the college under your own expense. (include: cost of expense to pay the one week assessment review)Then, afterward, the college would review your reason/ weakness and decide whether you would able to have 2 more chances to write the exam.

    It's difficult to accept the fact not passing the exam despite years of expensive in nursing for some writers, but the main thing is not give up if being a nurse is truly what you want to do in life. Of course, some people may quit nursing and choose a different field in the future. I still believe the caring and helping role that inspire me staying in nursing.

    By the way, are you a foreign-trained nurse or Canadian who educated here?
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    Quote from nurses matter
    Hi ecclessia,

    I hear your concern and the fact of not passing the CRNE after 3 attempt.

    Did you call the college of nurse where you graduated from, and ask for advises.

    Each province has the same regulation (max: 3 attempts for CRNE). However, I heard from classmates in the past who didn't make it 3 times would able to complete approximate one week assessment reviews with the college under your own expense. (include: cost of expense to pay the one week assessment review)Then, afterward, the college would review your reason/ weakness and decide whether you would able to have 2 more chances to write the exam.

    It's difficult to accept the fact not passing the exam despite years of expensive in nursing for some writers, but the main thing is not give up if being a nurse is truly what you want to do in life. Of course, some people may quit nursing and choose a different field in the future. I still believe the caring and helping role that inspire me staying in nursing.

    By the way, are you a foreign-trained nurse or Canadian who educated here?


    Hi nursesmatter,

    Thanks for your kind reply and input. I plan to call CNO on Monday to gather more information and thought I would ask here as well.

    I was educated here.. and I honestly do not know what happened there. I gave it my all and I don't need anyone telling me to switch degrees after not passing. Things happen and they happen for a reason. This is the profession I chose and I will do what it takes to be able to become one and it is not the paychecks that drive me to pursue this but I truly do care about my patients (just being honest here).
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    Quote from ecclessia
    Hi nursesmatter,

    Thanks for your kind reply and input. I plan to call CNO on Monday to gather more information and thought I would ask here as well.

    I was educated here.. and I honestly do not know what happened there. I gave it my all and I don't need anyone telling me to switch degrees after not passing. Things happen and they happen for a reason. This is the profession I chose and I will do what it takes to be able to become one and it is not the paychecks that drive me to pursue this but I truly do care about my patients (just being honest here).
    I really hope this is not the end of avenue for you, or those didn't make it after 3 attempts.

    How did you study the past 3 times? Was your mark closes to pass score? Some writers attend review courses or have tutors to help prepare for the exam? You may want to consider what went wrong and then sit down calmly and figure out a plan to prepare for the exam.

    Good luck !
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    I dont know what happened to me. I gave it all. I never failed in the past. And now i failed CRNE 3 times. why does it have to be the last moment?.... im so depress but i am not going to give up yet since i still believe im very competent and knowledgeable.....

    I wonder what other options that CNO would give us. A refresher course if possible? An appeal? or take RPN exam instead? or worse - change to another career?.
    Last edit by jmarc99 on Mar 12, '11
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    Jmarc, I wish you all the best and hope that you are able to find a way to be a part of the career you love. However, as an RPN I would like to point out that writing the RPN exam is not and should not be a 'second choice' or consolation for not passing the CNRE. At the present time the CPNRE is an 8 hour, min 230 question exam, that is very challening and covers the same body of knowledge that is tested in the CNRE.
    The PN course is very challenging, is modeling after the old RN diploma program, and is very intense. RPNs take pride in our designation and in being able to pass the exam is an accomplishment for us just the same with RNs and I can only speak for myself when I say that it's insulting to think that ppl think that writing the CPNRE would be a second choice for you because you did not pass the CNRE.

    I hope that you are given some other options, and hopefully can find out why and what contributed to not passing the CNRE and that you have the option in the future to do so.
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    Thanks for posting that indyanprincess. It seems as if CNO is busy offering the CPNRE as a "consolation" prize for IENs who don't meet Canadian requirements and now it seems as if CRNE non-passers want it as well.

    Whatever happened to the good old days when graduation from a "recognized school of practical nursing" was THE requirement for CPNRE?
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    Sorry, i dont mean to offend. I still want to be an RN and I will do my best to be a nurse, as nursing has the greatest influence in my life and I say one of the most rewarding job ever. I dont want to change career as I really love nursing. On behalf who failed 3 times, dont give up yet, reflect on why did you hold on for 4 years and gave your best shot. Its not over to be a nurse.... GOD BLESS
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    thanks indyanprincess.
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    Quote from Fiona59
    Thanks for posting that indyanprincess. It seems as if CNO is busy offering the CPNRE as a "consolation" prize for IENs who don't meet Canadian requirements and now it seems as if CRNE non-passers want it as well.

    Whatever happened to the good old days when graduation from a "recognized school of practical nursing" was THE requirement for CPNRE?
    I wish there was a way to let the CNO know how insulting we RPNs/LPNs find it that they seem to think offering up our exam as a consolation prize is acceptable.
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