CPNE Failure - page 4

I failed this past weekend. I failed 2 labs the first night (IV push and SQ) primarily on nerves. PCS's went ok Saturday, failed the IV push station again because I ran out of time (played with the... Read More

  1. by   dessyrell
    sorry to hear that...i just passed mine 2 wks ago, had a totally different experience than yours...hope you didn't give up and go back soon...
  2. by   txspadequeenRN
    good grief where did you test? please don't say plano



    Quote from kcatlin
    i just took the cpne last weekend and failed because i knocked my last empty flush syringe off the table when i turned to sign the mar. i was completely finished but i was running out of time so i was going to throw it in the sharps box when i finished because it was at the back of a wobbly table. this test was horrible. i was given the wrong chart on a patient,one of my silent observers talked the entire time to my patient about her bad knees and how she is scheduled to have them replaced this summer. i could not believe the level of perfection they expect for the students but not themselves. not to mention every one of the ce's were so overweight that they probavly couldn't have functioned as nurses if they had to.
  3. by   kcatlin
    i tested in atlanta at southeastern regional medical center.
  4. by   BBFRN
    Wow- I tested at SRMC several years ago, and had a totally different experience.

    Sorry you had to go through that.

    On a side note, I don't think the CE's weight has anything to do with their abilities to do their job.
  5. by   kcatlin
    i think weight has a lot to do with being able to do your job as a nurse. we are promoting health and if you are so large that you can't hardly walk,breathe,or bend over then you can't be effective at your job. i know this won't sit well with a lot of people but i don't agree with nurses or any health care professional for that matter being obese and unhealthy telling other people how to be healthy. hypocritical comes to mind.
  6. by   Baloney Amputation
    Quote from kcatlin
    i think weight has a lot to do with being able to do your job as a nurse. we are promoting health and if you are so large that you can't hardly walk,breathe,or bend over then you can't be effective at your job. i know this won't sit well with a lot of people but i don't agree with nurses or any health care professional for that matter being obese and unhealthy telling other people how to be healthy. hypocritical comes to mind.
    It came off as a bit of a low jab to me against the people who graded the CPNE. I imagine the person who talked about weight is torked off at not passing; I would be, too. However, their weight is not a factor in passing or failing. We as nurses and healthcare personnel should be particularly sensitive to the fact that obesity is not always a symptom of being lazy, uneducated about nutrition, or not smart enough to be a nurse.

    Oh heck--it was you! That is why I shouldn't post while working. I need to read first. I hope you have a better go at it next time, though.
    Last edit by Baloney Amputation on Mar 26, '08
  7. by   BBFRN
    Quote from kcatlin
    i think weight has a lot to do with being able to do your job as a nurse. we are promoting health and if you are so large that you can't hardly walk,breathe,or bend over then you can't be effective at your job. i know this won't sit well with a lot of people but i don't agree with nurses or any health care professional for that matter being obese and unhealthy telling other people how to be healthy. hypocritical comes to mind.
    And do you feel that this has something to do with your failing the CPNE?
  8. by   kcatlin
    the weight of my ce was not the biggest issue but it was an issue due to she was so large i could barely get around her in the room not to mention i had a hard time hearing my patient's lung sounds because she was so sob and breathing so hard that it was distracting. the biggest issue was the fact that she gave me the wrong chart to do a care plan with and i had 20 minutes to finish my planning phase. as far as failing the cpne if i had done something that warranted failure then i wouldn't be upset but i did not. there were 9 people there most had been lpn's at least 10 years and i was the 6th person that failed. one lady failed because she didn't circle vital signs on her pcs recording form. they want you to behave like a new grad,first day on the job well the last time that i checked everyone has a preceptor for at least 90 days in order to be prepared to work independently as an RN.i would have finished school the conventional way if i had known how bad this test was. the test is not fair and it's not even reasonable by any means because if you want perfection from the students then the ce's better be perfect themselves. i have had several people ask about this program and i tell them DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
  9. by   Baloney Amputation
    Quote from kcatlin
    the weight of my ce was not the biggest issue but it was an issue due to she was so large i could barely get around her in the room not to mention i had a hard time hearing my patient's lung sounds because she was so sob and breathing so hard that it was distracting. the biggest issue was the fact that she gave me the wrong chart to do a care plan with and i had 20 minutes to finish my planning phase. as far as failing the cpne if i had done something that warranted failure then i wouldn't be upset but i did not. there were 9 people there most had been lpn's at least 10 years and i was the 6th person that failed. one lady failed because she didn't circle vital signs on her pcs recording form. they want you to behave like a new grad,first day on the job well the last time that i checked everyone has a preceptor for at least 90 days in order to be prepared to work independently as an RN.i would have finished school the conventional way if i had known how bad this test was. the test is not fair and it's not even reasonable by any means because if you want perfection from the students then the ce's better be perfect themselves. i have had several people ask about this program and i tell them DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
    Are you going to try again? You have come very far if you've made it to the CPNE.
  10. by   BBFRN
    I hope you do try again at another facility. Sounds like your first try was a nightmare. They muist have completely different CEs than when I was at SRMC. Did you bring up the wrong chart thing with the CA? She could have intervened in that case.
  11. by   EricJRN
    If your CA fails to advocate for you, I know that there is also an appeals/grievance process.
  12. by   Melinurse
    Hang tough. I work at a test site and sooooo many don't pass first time though. #1 problem is nerves! I take my CPNE 4/18/08 and even though I know the CE's are nice and really do hope for us to pass, I am nervous and fear that will get the best of me. People I've spoken with who failed first time, pass on second. Hang in there. Be confident and relax. You'll be a nurse before you know it. Good luck!:wink2:
  13. by   ltcconsultant
    I finally passed the CPNE this past weekend at Grady in Atlanta and had a good ole time. Each PCS went smoothly and quickly, got out of implementation phase in 15 to 45 minutes for each one, and passed everything. I did have to repeat two of my labs because of brain farts.
    For my IM injection, I drew up my first med, flicked out the bubbles, and gave it to the CE to verify. It turns out that I had somehow drawn up air and the bubbles I flicked out were actually pretend medication. And then for the IVMB, I calculated the drop rate wrong. Not thinking, I put down the dosage in place of the volume in the formula. I knew something wasn't right when I got a rate of 100 drops per minute but I just couldn't put my finger on it. When I repeated the labs the next day, I did just fine.

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