CPNE study help - page 2

OK, truthfully I'm way off from my CPNE. I haven't even started :-) I'm starting a new job as a unit secretary in a week! I went 3/4 of the way through a 2-year ASN 8 (yes, EIGHT) years ago. ... Read More

  1. by   Spazzy Nurse
    Ohhhhhhh yeah Sarah, you are smart. Very good point to bring up--- especially to the new people. There are SO many rumors out there that go around it's just unreal! Betty (and all), confirm everything you hear that is slightly off kilter and make sure you confirm it with the horse (EC) and NOT a publishing company, as EC makes the rules and knows the scoop. Old people like me had to learn the hard way by hearing something, flipping out, and THEN getting the correct info. You can skip the flipping out part if you just double check.

  2. by   kelly65rn
    I graduated from EC then Regents in Nov. 99. I passed the CPNE the first time. It was not that bad. I was soooo nervous and was surprised that it was as easy as it was. A lot of common sense is used and you absolutely have to tell yourself that you can do it. The instructors were firm, but nice. They did not want us to fail. I started taking Regents tests in Feb 98 but took about 7 months off total to take care of my dying dad. I think a test every few months is a manageable goal. I didn't use any outside agencies, thus saving myself a ton of money and I did not buy every book that the college recommended. I went to Barnes and Noble and bought review books. I used a Springhouse series of them but I can't remember the series name. They are straightforward in all areas. I think they cost about $25 each. I had 5 or 6 of them. I did buy the Brunner and Suddarth Med surg book. It's a very good text book. OH......use an NCLEX study guide to study for your tests. It's the same type of format that you will take on the computer and you can pick your areas to test yourself on. I would be happy to share my experience in more detail to anyone that is interested. Good Luck to all who are pursuing this degree. It's well worth the effort.

    Kelly
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  4. by   LadyBugLass
    90% fail rate? Well, actually, the answer is YES...depending on the SITE that you choose. My best friend and I have taken the CPNE in Plano THREE times on THREE different occasions. NO ONE PERSON PASSED. Not exactly the 67% they put in the book. Jennifer went to Atlanta SRMC ONCE and passed on her third try, said it was SOOOOO much less stressful than the exam in Texas-still a big challenge, but no head tricks and snotty attitudes and cheap shots. Mind you, Jen went at the worst possible time in her life personally...torn ACL a month before, miscarriage with a D&C the WEEK before she went (she almost cancelled.) I don't think that one person failed that weekend in Georgia.

    And don't even try to talk to EC about this, they will totally and completely deny that geography has anything to do with the pass rate, that "they are all equal." Don't bother to ask about the details and facts/figures that are used to determine this equality, either...you won't get anywhere. Just research your site on the Internet carefully to find out what each site is like before you sign up. We wish that we had!!!
  5. by   barbiedee
    Hi, I too am taking my ADN through Excelsior, however I am an LPN from Canada. (and there is some debate whether their program will be accepted here. Oh well, nurses are always needed somewhere!) I too have questions on the CPNE. I am afraid I am going to be one of the unprepared ones. I keep hearing about these 'critical elements', however I have yet to find out what they are!! I have done most of my electives and am just starting on Nursing Concepts #1. Are these critical elements something that will be revealed to me in later Nursig Concept courses? They seem to be the 10 commandments of nursing....I almost expect Charelton Heston himself to present them! I have also heard some CPNE sites are better than others. I still have a way to go, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. (I just hope its not a train coming!)
    Thanks for all your feedback and info!
  6. by   Spazzy Nurse
    Barbie,

    During the time that you are working on your NC exams, visit the boards and make yourself more familiar with the CPNE. By the time you are ready to start preparing for yours, it won't be the big scary monster looming in front of you that it is right now. Trust me.
  7. by   barbiedee
    Thanks Spazz...The encouragement is always welcome! It looks like preparation is the key...and I always tend to 'over prepare' so hopefully it will be a benefit this time. Receiving kind words is always an incentive, and so far, everyone on this site has been very kind and supportive. But I guess that's why we are all nurses!
  8. by   Spazzy Nurse
    Quote from barbiedee
    ....The encouragement is always welcome! It looks like preparation is the key...and I always tend to 'over prepare' so hopefully it will be a benefit this time.
    Hey Barbie--- if you're used to over preparing, then you're set for this bad boy because you are the type of person who nails it on the first try. Yee haw!

    I found that it was hard for me to study for the NC exams because I was so intrigued by this mysterious "CPNE thing". I found myself reading more posts about that than any of the exams I was supposed to be studying for.

    Ohhhh we so NEED encouragement to make it through this program. I don't know how people do it who don't know about the message boards and don't know anyone personally who is going through or has gone through the EC program. Doing it all on their own---- yikes. I never would've made it if not for all of you guys. :kiss
  9. by   opalmRN
    Quote from Laurie888
    OK, truthfully I'm way off from my CPNE. I haven't even started :-)

    I'm starting a new job as a unit secretary in a week! I went 3/4 of the way through a 2-year ASN 8 (yes, EIGHT) years ago. Money, divorce, all that was a problem. I continued with what was then Regents until I only had ONE exam and the clinical exam left, but had no idea how I would ever find the money to do the exam so I stopped.
    I'm curious. I was under the impression an enrolled student had 7 years to complete the work.
  10. by   Laurie888
    Quote from opalm
    I'm curious. I was under the impression an enrolled student had 7 years to complete the work.
    I wasn't enrolled with Regents. My old college work counts, my old nursing work does not -- that I had to do over, but the fact that I went so far still counted in making me eligible for the program.
  11. by   opalmRN
    Quote from Laurie888
    I wasn't enrolled with Regents. My old college work counts, my old nursing work does not -- that I had to do over, but the fact that I went so far still counted in making me eligible for the program.
    OK, makes sense.

    Good luck to you!
  12. by   SarahLovesNovember
    Speaking of passing rate of EC. I am in the program now and want to know if anyone here as gone on to a RN-BSN program and then a Master's program? My goal is to become a nurse practitioner but I'm unsure how a University (other than an online one) would accept my degree. Anyone have any info on that?

    ~Sarah
  13. by   yalesha
    Quote from Spazzy Nurse
    Wow, you sure are determined to do this, aren't you? Ain't no stoppin' you---- GOOD FOR YOU!

    The EC workshop is actually 2 days plus 1 day. They count them as 2 separate workshops, but most people chose to do them both (plus you get a $75 discount for doing both). The 1 day is always held the day after the 2 day, so it's 3 days total. The 1 day is just a chance to work on your skills and be critiqued by EC staff, which can either be a horrible, scary thing or a wonderful opportunity to get some feedback. If you're prepared when you go, it'll be a fantastic experience and give you confidence for your CPNE.

    Have you been to any of the other online message boards? If not let me know and I can post the links. There are a ton. I know at least one has a section with people's CPNE experiences posted in it for all to read. Get familiar with it now so it won't be as foreign and frightening when your time comes.

    I have the sociology CLEP study guide, if you end up having to retake the course. If you need it I'll give it to you for free because you're such a hard worker, and well---- free things are just cool, aren't they? :chuckle

    Keep up the great work!!!!
    Where is the excelsior workshop??? Who should I call. I'm getting ready to test shannonyale@hotmail.com

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