had a car wreck on the way to the CPNE. The other driver was talking on her cell phone
and rear-ended us. It has been a complete night mare and I don't feel like going into detail, but its going to take weeks to resolve and result in us having to drive back to Utica at least one more time.
failed the CPNE in Utica. The clinical examiners and clinical associate were all awesome. They REALLY want you to pass and will do everything that they can to help you. Of course, there is only so much they can do since this is a test.
Despite being a bit shaky, I managed to fly through my first few lab stations. First I had IV drip, which was great because it is the easiest station to me. Then I had IVP which I was terribly worried about but managed to pass. Next on to SubQ. Cake despite a few silly but easily correctable mistakes (discarded too much regular insulin, dropped the NPH vial). I actually thought that I might make the labs without repeats but I hit the wound station and I think I was WAY too keyed up.
First, I spilled water on my sterile field. Started over. Then the glove package folded back against my sterile glove. Got new gloves. Didn't like my packing but thought I might have dropped my hands below my waist when I discarded it so I started over AGAIN. I knew the next packing wasn't right, but I also knew that I wouldn't be able to use the technique I practiced for months and I couldn't remember the others. I just finished it, took the fail, and knew I could practice back at the hotel (I brought all my lab stations just in case :-). I swear by the end, I could hear the Benny Hill theme in my head, it was that bad!
Failed my first adult PCS as the pt had a thin sports bra on and I listened to lung sounds over the bra. It must be skin on skin, period
. Stupid mistake. I was in good company; at least 5 out of 6 of us failed the first PCS
(I'm not sure about the 6th) and all of us admitted we did something stupid. Failed my second adult PCS by confusing my second pt's pain assessment with the first. I think I had a mini stroke or something
I posted because I didn't want to be one of those people who say they are taking the CPNE never to be heard from again. I'll be signing up for a repeat in Utica ASAP. I'm actually dreading the travel and expenses (another 3 grand, ugh) more than the actual CPNE. Too far along to give up now though!