Excelsior CPNE workshop vs. Sherri Taylor - page 3

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I will be approaching FCCA next month and then on to CPNE. If anyone has takenCPNE workshop through excelsior or Sherri Taylors please share what you thought about them and your experience. Ive heard about both, just not in great... Read More


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    Sheri Taylor is not a teacher from Excelsior, and not a student, she created her own business, its only her own approach how to pass Cpne test, its not approved by Excelsior or anyone. Her classes overcrowded, no labs on hand, she offers videos on line, they have a lot of mistakes and you would fail for one. She claims that its her passion to teach cpne, if that would be a case and she would care her classes would be no more than 5-7 people instead of 25, so research before you go. I failed two times, because of her teaching, wrong care plans, and wrong lab technique videos on line which she charges 147 per month.
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    I took Sheri Taylor's online workshop and failed. However, I had extenuating circumstances and still feel that Sheri's course was a life-saver.

    I can't agree with the above poster about her labs. I flew through the labs and only failed wound because the wound was too narrow and shallow for me to adequately pack it with the feeding method and I couldn't for the life of me remember how to do the other techniques. Had I practiced an alternate backup technique, I think I would have passed my labs with no repeats.

    I kind of got mixed messages about my care plans. When I submitted the message center PCS paperwork for grading, my care plans were always commented on as "excellent" and the like, but when I took the CPNE, the CA said she thought my care plans could use work. I had no idea why she was commenting on my care plans because I did not fail either PCS during the planning phase. She asked who I studied with and made a comment about non-Ec workshops. Basically she was saying I should have studied through Ec.

    However, Ec workshops cost a lot more and for the most part, I've heard they are not helpful. I've mostly read that on these boards, but a few people this weekend mentioned that they studied through Ec and did not find it helpful and they were in the thick of the CPNE.
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    thats funny, here own staff member had to take the cpne twice lol
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    Quote from laceygirl
    thats funny, here own staff member had to take the cpne twice lol
    I really don't see how anyone failing the CPNE is ever funny... But I also know some fantastic nurses who took two or even all three attempts to pass.
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    I took Sherri's weekend seminar. It was helpful, she's since added Youtube video's etc. She's very nice and thorough. Truth is the nerves is what gets you on the CPNE, not so much everything else.

    Most people, given enough time to think, know everything they will/can come up against. That said I had never set foot in a hospital, never had a lick of hospital clinical rotations but I studied the books, videos, her seminar and prayed 'til my eyes bulged out and I was #2 that passed out of 10 on my weekend. In fact, I think by Sunday there was only 3 left. I had 1 repeat in lab (dumb mistake...nerves) and 2 situations where the head honcho had to step in and I got both PCS credits, examiner was wrong.

    So Sherri's course or Excelsior's? I would say whatever you think would help b/c people have passed taking both. That's the truth. Her's isn't sub par b/c she didn't go to Excelsior. Doesn't matter really. Honestly, study that dang CPNE guide til you can recite it, that is what you are graded by...not what the examiner thinks you're graded by. Know it cold to defend yourself.

    My Head Clinical Examiner was the Dean of the local CC nursing program (Dallas) so it's no chumps grading you. She sat and talked to me for a good 1/2 hour after everything was done. In hindsight I should have stayed in contact with her since I'm running into some job search issues now with the "non clinicals" Excelsior program degree (just a hard one to explain to people). However, she made a point that you are tested on all the critical elements her program tests, too.

    For the labs I'd tell you use this guys videos...I did and it was enough: Rob's CPNE (google it).
    Otherwise I'd tell you to get Taylor's Video Guide to Clinical Nursing Skills (CD's) on ebay or somewhere..not expensive at all. There were some sites around you could watch them for free if you're savvy enough to find a link.

    If you can swing it I think the lady in Cali and there was one on the east somewhere that had week long workshops that actually would be the best unless Sherri does that in Ga.
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Feb 12, '13 : Reason: ToS
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    I took the CHancelors workshop in Indianapolis and thought it was a great way to prepare...dumb me though took it too early! I took it in the summer, but just put in documents for test date...I am trying to get there on a Friday before the CPNE to bone up when they do mock CPNEs...also I Have heard a ton of great stuff about SHerry Taylor..I am thinking online as I live in Kentucky...I could use some help with the care plans...any thoughts?
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    I'll offer my help to anyone in the New Jersey/PA area. I know when I took my clinical exam, I ran into the same problem. It's really hard to find someone in North/Central New Jersey/PA area. I took Excelsior's workshop (in person), Sherri's Workshop (in person and online) and submitted my care plans to the college.

    Here's my take:

    If you are trying to save money but feel like you need a helping hand, my advice is to take Sheri Taylor's Online (here's the link: http://www.cpneworkshop.com/)

    Rob's CPNE has great pneumonics too and it's very inexpensive. He works full time but responds to e-mails (at least when I used his program). This is for someone that doesn't need a lot of hand holding, and is especially good for visual learners.

    Absolutely submit your care plans to the college. They are the best people to get feedback from on your note taking. However with that said if you are looking to save money I don't think many if any or my friends said the documentation class was that super with the college. But I guess it's up to you what you get out of it. At the minimum I would submit my Care Plans for review (it's free!).

    and then do a "mock" the week before you test with someone. If you want someone to do the mock with you before you test I would be willing to help. I remember how stressed out I was before that test and sometimes just having someone watch you and kindly prompt you on what you are doing wrong is all you need to give you that extra nudge of confidence.

    Also, there is "free" help out there from "Let's Conquer the CPNE Beast" on facebook. Great groups of future and present nurses that will understand your stress more than anyone else. Great place to get advice, encouragement, tips or just vent.

    All the best of luck to you! You can do it!


    Really, you CAN do this!
    Last edit by Pixie.RN on Feb 26, '13 : Reason: TOS
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    Quote from TaraGibbons
    I'll offer my help to anyone in the New Jersey/PA area. I know when I took my clinical exam, I ran into the same problem. It's really hard to find someone in North/Central New Jersey/PA area. I took Excelsior's workshop (in person), Sherri's Workshop (in person and online) and submitted my care plans to the college.

    Here's my take:

    If you are trying to save money but feel like you need a helping hand, my advice is to take Sheri Taylor's Online (here's the link: http://www.cpneworkshop.com/)

    Rob's CPNE has great pneumonics too and it's very inexpensive. He works full time but responds to e-mails (at least when I used his program). This is for someone that doesn't need a lot of hand holding, and is especially good for visual learners.

    Absolutely submit your care plans to the college. They are the best people to get feedback from on your note taking. However with that said if you are looking to save money I don't think many if any or my friends said the documentation class was that super with the college. But I guess it's up to you what you get out of it. At the minimum I would submit my Care Plans for review (it's free!).

    and then do a "mock" the week before you test with someone. If you want someone to do the mock with you before you test I would be willing to help. I remember how stressed out I was before that test and sometimes just having someone watch you and kindly prompt you on what you are doing wrong is all you need to give you that extra nudge of confidence.

    Also, there is "free" help out there from "Let's Conquer the CPNE Beast" on facebook. Great groups of future and present nurses that will understand your stress more than anyone else. Great place to get advice, encouragement, tips or just vent.

    All the best of luck to you! You can do it!

    Really, you CAN do this!
    I PMed you lol
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    I did the Excelsior workshop and passed the CPNE first try with no retakes and I feel like the workshop was an essential part of my passing. I can't speak to the efficacy of the other workshops, but my thought was if was going to take a workshop, who better than with the people who are actually testing me!

    The main thing here is that no single workshop is going to magically make you pass. You need work your tail off and show up prepared!
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    I am so happy for you that you passed cpne on the first try, and yes its no single workshop magically make you pass, but I was not prepared to endure discrimination, humiliation of CA and examiners on the tests sides. If its not enough already the examiners did not even know how to prepare stations and what to look for, they had tatoos on their body, breast and arms long fake red nails, which was very unprofessional and scary.

    After all two similar experiences I lost good faith in excelsior Nursing teaching, realizing that this program is created not to teach but only Scam people like me Lpn, and others who have dreams to become an Rn on line, and make millions and millions on our expense. This program does not offer clinicals which is essential part of nursing, they never disclose rules of cpne before its too late after you pass all exams on line, they would send you a cpne quide that tells you, they will fail you for one mistake that you make, of course they did not disclose that fact that they will have examiners to help you make that mistake, I have experienced that my self when examiner tried to hide my medication, or started to interpreted me during my 20 minutes check, or roll her eyes during labs on me, showing that I am too slow, even that is still my time of 15 minutes, I really could write a book what happened to me, I wrote letter of 15 pages to ****************and she just get me general answer, that she is so sorry that I was unsuccessful and advised me try again. I really believe that she knows the Scam game she needs to play in order to have her job, otherwise she would be substituted , so its no difference who is in charge as long as they can fail students intentionally for one mistake, get the signature from the student by threatening them, they can prove that its your fault, that its you who did not prepare for cpne and now you can't blame excelsior.

    I been there, heard that, seen that how excelsior teachers try to protect their reputation.

    Let me tell you excelsior you should be ashamed for failing students in order to get over 6000 dollars for this "test"(if you could call that, its a place that you are going to loose your dignity, self esteem and pay them for that). I already disputed my money for one cpne 2,145$ and working with the bank to get another of 2035, I refuse to pay for the horrible experience they put me through and encourage everyone who was discriminated, humiliated, called stupid or any other names stand up for them selves and let them know that this is not except-able way to make money.

    At the end this program without clinicals and proper education puts in Jeopardy our society, by giving the Rn license without appropriate education, and only will let pass very small percentage of students in order to show that they are legitimate program but the real goal of this online program is make Money, Big Money, Dirty Money, you named ...................
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Apr 3, '13 : Reason: formatting; ToS


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