Hi tnmarie! Maybe we can start a CPNE DOUBLED thread?!!
Yes, I too failed my first time, it was in October. I now know how horribly unprepared I was. I only got through my second PCS, and failed it on my nurse's notes. The others I failed on my care plans. This time, I took EC Documentation class and sent two care plans every day to Sherri Taylor for grading. I did all the Message Center PCS's, Phone PCS's, practice scenario PCS's, AND I utilized all my faculty phone calls every week. So yes, I did A LOT different! I did go back to my same site (Atlanta, Grady Hospital) which actually helped my nerves quite a bit. I would say I had my nerves under much better control this time BUT I did fail one of my lab stations which freaked me out because even though I passed my two PCS's on Saturday, I still could have been sent home if I had failed my re-take lab. Luckily, the other students helped to drill into my head the correct IM needle sizes, so I sailed through the re-take. The ends of course justify the means, but doggone this has been an EXPENSIVE experience! I live in Florida so between my testing fee, travel, expenses, PTO, etc, I have spent over $7000 on this darn clinical!!!
Anyway, nursing is my passion so I am sure it will pay me back!
Good luck to you too. Where are you testing, when in April, and why did you fail your first time?