I will not be happy if it does take that long, but not much I can do I guess. I agree on the SPAC, stupid that their background costs more (even though it is only like $40 different, in the grand cost of everything it is not much).
I did Lubbock since it is the closest to me (their used to be a lot more choices in MPAC/Texas when I started the program) and I can drive there. Maybe I need to look into NPAC even though travel costs will be more? Can I change testing sites?
As for Robs, his site states he has updated for the 19th edition. Like I said, I had a friend pass on her first try about 18 months ago and she did the excelsior prep (she said it was useless, like 24 students, 2 instructors and no real one on one time, she said she only go to do 1 of 5 skills labs) and Robs (she only did his dvd, not the entire online stuff that he has). She also said she spent a lot of time on Excelsiors chats talking with others. I have thought about Sheri's online deal, will see once I get Robs stuff (and when my actual test date is).
I work in an ER so I am already trying to practice the "Excelsior way" while I work (clean hands, introduction, check patient info etc) so once I get the mnemonics down, it will help even more.
I already do most skills on a regular basis (except medications, which I did lots of on the ambulance, but that was much less precise than the CPNE will be).