After completing DOZENS (feels like dozens anyway) of EC exams, nearly FAILING my FCCA, doing the CPNE TWICE, is it me or did the NCLEX RN feel...I'm only whispering this but...easy?
I know, I know, it's blasphamous to say the RN exam was anything but TORTURE but really after allllll that I've been through, and some of it TWICE, plus LPN school, plus actually being a nurse, I was really expecting a much more difficult exam.
Now, I must mention that I just took my exam yesterday. I got the good pop up and I have spent SO MUCH MONEY trying to get this darn thing finished that I REFUSE to pay the additional $7.95 for the quick results, so I am still waiting. But, it took me 1.5 hours to finish the tutorial, 75 questions, and the survey, so I am feeling pretty confident.
I got about 8 SATA, 5 put in order, NO math, 1 EKG, and most of the rest were med surge pick one.
I think my point to anyone reading this is, if you completed EC, and you have studied, YOU ARE READY.
Don't second guess yourself, don't doubt yourself, go in there confident with a smile, and DO WHAT YOU DO! You know this!
Yep ctcpete, the best thing about the EC program I think might be just that you become well conditioned from all the studying. The NCLEX is a final celebration of the studying. Kinda like the race is a celebration for the training, in runner's terms!
Anyway, yes, WHEN you pass your CPNE, it will most likely fall between two possible graduation dates. For example, I passed the CPNE on the weekend of March 15th, 2013. EC's next graduation date was not until May 17th, 2013. So, even though I had completed and passed ALL of EC requirements, I was not officially a GRN until May 17. My diploma did not get mailed to me until that date, and my transcripts were not mailed to neither my BON nor me, until that date. I like to think of March 17-May 17 as "dead air". I could not do anything as far as my RN except study for the NCLEX.
Also, I was not clear on this until I waited 2 weeks but it is up to YOU to request EC mail your transcripts to your BON. I incorrectly assumed upon graduation, EC mailed the transcripts automatically. Once I realized it was taking more than a few days for my BON to receive my records I wrote to EC and was notified that I had not yet requested the transcripts be sent. Duh! So I ended up paying the "expedite" fee just to try and make up some time.
Thanks for asking that question. These are the little nuances of EC that are missed unless someone directly asks.
One more thing! When you pass your CPNE, your Clinical Associate (CA is the boss!) will give you a congratulatory letter. On the letter it states what your official date will be. No need to wonder.
I hope this helps!
Last edit by BerryHappy on Jul 8, '13
: Reason: correct date