Hi Lovefloridarn!!! I'm in Sarasota. I saw you post looking for a study buddy, but I JUST took my CPNE a few weeks ago and don't know anyone else taking it soon. I was on the Naples wait list FOREVER just to find out they stopped administering it at that location. They said they would offer it again eventually, so maybe ask about it.
I chose Grady in Atlanta just because it was closest. I ended up taking the CPNE twice and I went to Grady both times. I highly recommend that site. The CA really wants you to pass, and the CE's are firm, but good at their jobs.
I also went to Sherri Taylor's workshop in Atlanta (twice!). My biggest mistake was that I thought that going to Sherri's workshop was enough to pass on my first try. I did study some, but not as much as I needed to. Really, ANY workshop should just be thought of as a review of what you've already learned from the EC CPNE Study Guide. Also, Sherri offers a Mock Clinical the night before your test, if you take your test in the Atlanta area. They administer the lab stations just like it is done at the CPNE, and they grade you (pass/fail), and explain what you did wrong. They also put us through a few mock PCS's, just to get us ready. She has a classroom, lots of lab stations to learn and practice on, and a full hospital room set up. If you go to the real workshop, she gives you a discount on the online workshop which offers multiple videos you can review. I actually watched each PCS video at night during my CPNE weekend. MOST importantly she gives you her personal cell number to call her with any questions (not DURING your CPNE but at night!).
Anyway, READ THAT STUDY GUIDE, and be ready to perform. Most of all get control of your nerves! I have been through a divorce
. I have twin teenage daughters
. The CPNE makes both of those life events feel like a vacation! I have labeled my post CPNE mood as CPNE PTSD and thank GOD every day that it is over!
Be prepared, and let me know if you have any more questions.