I'm submitting my application to a local CC's LPN-RN bridge program very soon. This bridge program only starts every 3 semesters and the application period has equally long intervals. As my science classes will soon expire, and also because I just don't want to wait another year and a half if the local CC doesn't accept me, plan B is Excelsior. I'm confident that I could pass the exams, but the idea of the CPNE scares the crap out of me (otherwise I probably would have signed up with Excelsior a year ago!). I know that many take it and pass, but many also fail. I'm afraid that my doc's office and detox work experience won't be enough clinical experience to prepare me.
I hear there are workshops I can take, and that students enrolled with Excelsior have access to great resources online, but what about the hands-on experience? Does Excelsior provide you with the knowledge you'd need to handle TPN or a Hemovac or an NG tube at the CPNE? What other types of situations did you encounter during your PCS? Do your study guides clearly define what you are responsible for?
I used to browse the Excelsior pages occasionally, but since Allnurses has changed the layout, I'm finding it really hard to look up all that old info- so I apologize if these are repeat questions!!
Thanks for any info!!