I am hoping to have a CPNE date by the end of the year, which will give me about 4 months to study. Depending on my work schedule, I will be able to put in 2-8 hours per day. That is a big difference, but I commute to work 12 hr nights.. so those days I will not be doing much... I homeschool two boys other days, but then some days I am off and the boys will be with their dad. I am not counting on any spare time, to say the least.
I am a bad example but here goes. I was CPNE eligible since 2010. I read the guide book and became totally confused and did nothing out of fear. Fast forward - my 7 years from Excelsior were fast approaching. Sept 2011 I went to the Atlanta workshop for three days. I began studying much more purposeful. I still waited six more months to apply for a date. Finally received a date for Sept 2012 in Albany. Last summer I spent most of my free time working on labs and mnemonics for the areas of care, also care plans. Say 4 months of intense study, maybe 2 hrs a day. At the Atlanta workshop we were given a list of patient care scenarios. When I could write 2 care plans and do my grid in less than 10 min, I knew I was ready. Passed CPNE Sept 13 at Albany Medical Center, NCLEX Jan 3 2013!
It is doable but I would NOT test until you felt ready. Hope this helps.
3 8-hour shifts with my trainer over a 3-week period. 4-hours a day on off days working on care plans and learning mnemonics, calculating drip rates, etc... At night, when I went to bed, I replayed over and over in mind EXACTLY what I was ging to say to the patient from the time I entered the room with the introductions, until I finished with the first 15-minute checks. I did that until I fell asleep. Just to make sure that I didn't fail the hand washing component, I always jelled as I entered the room, after knocking first and this was my statement: good morning Mr./Miss -----, I'm Lynda and this is my instructor, Miss -----, and we're going to be taking care of you for a little while today. After I wash my hands, I will do a little more formal introduction to check your armband. But for now, can you tell me your name? (By that time, I'm already at the sink washing.) I replayed that scenario in my mind up until the night that I actually had to say it.
6 months (thanks to spac incompetency) though I would have taken at least 4. most of the day, most days, including at work (mnemonics) and labs twice a day at home (5 days per week). labs twice near the end with a study buddy. used sheri's online deal.
The workshop in Atlanta is the place to go, would not have done it without it even tho I had been an LPN for 18 years. worth every penny! I also set up a lab on my house and practiced every day. prob an hour a day for 6 wks. Bought the video which was very helpful. Good luck to you!!!!