CPNE study help - page 3

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   yalesha
    Where is the excelsior workshop? Does it help with the CLEP??? Thanks
  2. by   Spazzy Nurse
    Quote from yalesha
    Where is the excelsior workshop? Does it help with the CLEP??? Thanks
    The workshops held in various locations around the country. No, they do not help with the CLEP, they help with the CPNE. What is it that you are studying for Shannon?
  3. by   yalesha
    Quote from Spazzy Nurse
    The workshops held in various locations around the country. No, they do not help with the CLEP, they help with the CPNE. What is it that you are studying for Shannon?
    I am studying for Micro. I just go my packet today for the CPNE. Where sould I take the test and how long should I study??I wish I had found this web site a year ago. Thank you for replying Spazzy Nurse, you rock...:chuckle
  4. by   Spazzy Nurse
    Hi Shannon,

    You found this site NOW, and that's what's important. You know, 5 of the 7 people who took the CPNE at my site on my weekend hadn't heard of any of these boards. And you know what? The 2 of us who had were the ones who passed.

    Since you're not set for any test dates yet, don't feel like you have to rush. Now it's time to make some decisions and get cracking on the studying. Back in my day, test sites were booked out a few months--- some as many as 6 months. I don't know what it's like these days though. I'd guess most are still booked out a bit. I booked in mid Sept. and got my test dates for early Dec. in Madison (that site is great.... I doubt you'll ever hear a bad thing about it-- I never have). Racine, WI is also a great site. I know a few people who have tested there and it also has a great reputation.

    Study time--- it can be different for every person. I myself studied for 3 months-- 2 of those months being pretty hard core. I went to a workshop put on by EC down in Redondo Beach, CA. It was wonderful and I recommend going to anyone who can. It was a bit pricey, especially when you add in the plane, hotel, food costs, but it was very worth it. I don't know where you live, so maybe you're even close enough to a site that you don't have to fly there or stay in a hotel. There is a list of workshop dates and locations on EC's website, or they can tell you over the phone.

    If you choose to do a workshop, EC recommends that you do the workshop when you are very familiar with the CPNE material. I took mine 6 weeks before I tested which I thought was perfect timing. I was almost completely set to test, and then I took the workshop which helped me tweek a couple things (care plans!!) that I needed more practice on. I used the 6 weeks after the workshop to work on those things, and to get myself ready mentally for my CPNE.

    Ask us as many questions as you need. There are some smart people on this board who really know their stuff, and lots of people have been there-done that. The fact that these people are SO COOL is why some of us veterans still hang out here.
  5. by   amitabha07
    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!!!!



    Hi,

    Would you please post the links, especially the one which "has a section with people's CPNE experiences posted in it for all to read." I am very nervous about the CPNE exam.

    Thank you very much.
  6. by   RN34TX
    Quote from amitabha07
    Hi,

    Would you please post the links, especially the one which "has a section with people's CPNE experiences posted in it for all to read." I am very nervous about the CPNE exam.

    Thank you very much.
    Try aliitlesarcasm.com there are plenty of CPNE experiences and tips there.
    There is another one but I don't know the exact web address. Do a yahoo search on "CPNE test site hospitals" and it will pop up because I know that it is the name of the site, I just don't know the exact address.
    PM me and I'll e-mail you my experience if you want, I took it in 2003.

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