I was just curious if those of you who had to repeat the CPNE did anything different the second time around. Normally, if you aren't successful you change the habits that lead you to that result but I can't think of anything more I can do that I didn't do. I felt and still feel prepared so I'm at a loss.
So what did y'all do differently the second time around (if anything)? How much did you study for your repeat? Did you study the same, more, or less than you did for the first time you took it?
What part did you not pass? I would focus on that. I passed the first time. Rob's CPNE helped me know what I was walking into, but you already know because you've been there. But his study guides helped me as well. You can Google him. I spent several months prior to testing memorizing the critical elements--Rob's CPNE will help you with this using mnemonics - I can't stress enough how that got me through. He has a DVD you can order. Practicing the care plan process also put me over the top. I went to one of Excelsior's seminars when it came to town that sort of simulated the CPNE. But I spent a lot of money on it and it didn't help me much. Like the other poster said, when I was there that day I was so disoriented that one of the instructors asked me " do you really think you're ready for this???" But I was an LPN on a med-surg floor for 4 years already, and once I got to the actual CPNE in the hospital I was very comfortable in the environment and relaxed as soon as I got in the room with the patient. And I had memorized the critical elements using Rob's mnemonics, knew how to write a care plan and assess the outcomes. I had studied the Study Guide front to back several times, knew how to do everything according to the standards they were looking for (which are outlined in the Study Guide). If you take the time to do all that you can pass this. It's basic stuff, nothing hard. Study the Study Guide. It tells you everything you need to know. And get Rob's CPNE study guide. About $40. Feel free to PM me if you have questions. Good luck.
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