I took CPNE in Albany NY. It involves 3 days. They send you a huge study guide that basically needs to be fully memorized. There are areas of care and critical elements for each area. I used mneumonics and was well prepared for ANYTHING to come my way. Wound up getting NO iv's and gave very few meds too.
Out of the 6 that we 2 failed but were lost from the start.
3 of us began and they ditched me for traditional programs and regardless- we are all RN's now !!!
You arrive on Fri.eve for orientation and do the lab stations. I had PB,IVP, SC, sterile dsg. (easy) I didnt have to repeat any but you can. You need to pass 3 PCS (patient care situations) but can go up to 5 (if repeats are needed.) 2 adults 1 pedi. If no pedi available you will do 3 adults.
You write your care plan and if acceptable youll go in. You make a "grid" as a care guide and follow the 'elements' involved for areas required and assigned. (got to do and document ALL) You will evaluate and document, they will reveiw and let you know if you passed it.
I got lucky and passed with no repeats ! I was on my way home about 10:30 AM sunday with those eight credits under my belt and ready to take the boards, happy and proud of myself.
Not too sure it can be done in 3 months (is that a misprint?) think I waited that long for my CPNE date ? Took me 5 yrs, working FT. I took several classes at comm. college but most thru excelsior at the sylvan centers.
Started to take some classes toward my BSN and they will accept CPNE credit for 5 yrs. Not sure if Ill go with them or a traditional program this time. It is a doable program if you can study alone, an online group helped me thru. Once enrolled nurse educators are available for questions and they have chat groups on student website. Of course there are horror stories and bad rumors of the clinical but they were usually unprepared for what they were expected to do. Everyone said they fail you in Albany and that is a myth you fail yourself...........
One word of advice be careful of third party companies offering a guarentee to pass or you will get robbed.
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there are a few online groups that would help............