I am new to the community and was looking to communicate with others going through Excelsior.
I graduated from LPN school in May and really wanted to take no more than a year to finish excelsior, but here we are in December now and I have only completed health safety and transition.
I have all of prereqs with exception to info lit & lifespan psych, both of which I plan to complete while waiting for a CPNE date.
I work nights on an Oncology floor of a large hospital, F/T (usually 6 on 8 off), so in the days I have off, I have no excuses not to study, but since my last exam 10/24, I haven't cracked a book! I have a friend(she lives 6 hours away so it's impossible to study together) who started the program a few years ago, but until I started she had never even taken the 1st exam. So we scheduled around the same time & I barely passed with a C & she failed with a D. So needless to say, I started studying for the next exam, took it a month later & she pretty much gave up....there went my motivation partner!! (believe me I tried for atleast a month to get her head back in the game)
.... For the 1st exam(h/s) I only read the fundamentals book & read thru Lisa arends notes & I didn't take the practice exam. For the 2nd exam(transition), I paid for the practice exam, took the 1st test with no studying behind me, scored a 59, studied my poor areas in the fundamentals book & read thru Lisa arends stuff, took the 2nd practice exam, scoring a 57 (YIKES), but it was too late to reschedule thru Pearson, so I took the exam & got a B, I was stoked, but seeing as I only studied for 2 days, I feel like I just got lucky!
so now I'm studying for Chronicity (I've rescheduled the exam atleast 4 times, as of now I'm scheduled for 12/19...I have Lisa arends notes, studygroup101 notes, the fundamentals book, & miscellaneous lpn textbooks. Any words of wisdom as far as this exam goes? Motivation to keep going? Is it even possible to finish everything (including CPNE) by June 2012 @ this point?