How long after CPNE?

  1. HOw long after passing the CPNE

    1) do you find out whether you passed

    2) does it take to graduate?

    and how long after graduation before you can take your boards?

    Trying to actually develop a goal line for a change ...
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Spazzy Nurse
    For the CPNE, you will find out right then and there whether or not you pass. If you do something wrong it's stopped right then and there.
    If you are done with all of your gen. eds and your CPNE is the very last thing you have to do to finish up the program, supposidly you get your graduation info. in the mail within 4-6 weeks. It took longer than that for me, until I got a little assertive with those EC people. For one friend of mine, it took 2-3 weeks.

    My suggestion--- get your applications from your state's BON and EC before you even do your CPNE. Have them filled out and the money orders ready to go and mail them the day you pass your CPNE (you will be passing---- you do know that, don't you? ).

    There is one "conferral" (graduation) date per month. Once you get your CPNE date you can call EC and tell them your date and they should be able to give you your conferral date.

    Best of luck with everything!!!!!!!!!!
  4. by   jnette
    My CPNE was in Oct., but my conferral date not until Dec. You can go ahead and apply for your NCLEX with the BON by having EC forward your GRADUATION date to your BON..you call EC or fax them requesting they forward your graduation info to your BON without waiting for conferral first. That's what I had to do. Worked out fine.

    With the Christams Holidays coming up, and vacation planned for Jan., I pushed my NCLEX date up to March.. knew I wouldn't be doing too much heavyduty studying in Dec./Jan.

    And yes, you know as you go through each one of the clinical situations whether you passed it or not... so you can figure out pretty quickly where you stand.
  5. by   BBFRN
    So how scary is the CPNE? I've heard some horror stories- one RN told me someone in her clinical group failed because she forgot to place a paper towel on the floor as she was emptying a F/C. Are they especially hard on LPNs getting their RNs? I plan on doing the CPNE teleconference; are there any other things you guys did to further prepare you for the CPNE (besides the course work, of course)?
  6. by   Spazzy Nurse
    My opinion is, the prep leading up to the CPNE is a hell of a lot more stressful than the actual weekend is. They're not especially hard on LPNs or people with any other background. In fact, they don't even know what backgrounds we have. The teleconference is for careplans, and I've heard good and bad feedback about it. I went to a workshop put on by EC and I am VERY glad that I did. We covered careplanning in there, and that was where it finally clicked for me. If you can, do a workshop. It's money well spent.

    They do nail you for little things though, like what had happened to the person you spoke of. As far as setting the graduate on the floor when emptying the foley bag, that question was asked at my workshop. EC staff said, "don't set it on the floor, even with a paper towel... just hold onto it." Not what I was taught in CNA training many moons ago, but oh well.
  7. by   BBFRN
    Thanks for the info, Spazzynurse. I'll do the workshop then- it sounds more informative!
  8. by   Spazzy Nurse
    The workshop is pricey, but it's SO worth it. Some advice---- go when you are ready to do your CPNE. This is what EC recommends and I completely agree. Know what you're doing. You will get SO much more out of it. There were people at mine who hadn't even cracked open their study guides yet...... they thought the workshop was to teach them how to do things. I did mine 3 weeks before my CPNE, and I left there feeling wonderful.... confident, more calm than before it, and excited to do my CPNE. Plus it's a nice little getaway after all of the preparation.
  9. by   jnette
    Originally posted by Spazzy Nurse
    The workshop is pricey, but it's SO worth it. Some advice---- go when you are ready to do your CPNE. This is what EC recommends and I completely agree. Know what you're doing. You will get SO much more out of it. There were people at mine who hadn't even cracked open their study guides yet...... they thought the workshop was to teach them how to do things. I did mine 3 weeks before my CPNE, and I left there feeling wonderful.... confident, more calm than before it, and excited to do my CPNE. Plus it's a nice little getaway after all of the preparation.
    Definately agree with the above ! It is NOT to teach you how to do the CPNE, but to glean more out of what you have already prepared for.. work out any little bugs, etc. I didn't do the workshop, but also have heard about those who have gone unprepared.. total waste of money and time. They DO stress only going when you have thoroughly studied the workbook !
  10. by   BBFRN
    OK, that'll be my plan, then: Study for the CPNE, do the workshop, then study some more, then the CPNE. Thanks so much for the info- it helps me to plan my course of action!
  11. by   Spazzy Nurse
    Good plan!! That was definitely what worked for me. I studied like the CPNE was on the week that my workshop was.... I was all set to go. Then afterwards I spent 3 weeks tweeking and getting my mind into that caaaaaalm place.
  12. by   debRNo1
    Originally posted by lgflamini
    So how scary is the CPNE?
    The biggest fear is fear of the unknown. You need to study and prepare for the exam of course but know what is involved in the exam itself.

    If you know what will happen and when I think that will take the fear of the unknown away ?? I think the things that helped me alot were reading and hearing about the cpne from students who had done it already.

    Do the workshop-when I heard from the "horses mouth" that I was ready that sure gave me that boost of confidence that I needed. Use the grid to guide you along and refocus yourself when needed, I had a practice lab set up at home, practiced VS @ work and wrote and rewrote those CE's 1000's of times. I wrote CP's, notes, evals too and shared them with my online study partners.

    This is YOUR exam and YOU are paying for it. If you start to feel woozy or confused ASK to leave the room I did and was fine after a few deep breaths

    Be confident but not overly confident. Have a positive attitude, eat and drink and make sure you sleep. By sunday AM I was really and truly running on empty, I passed with no repeats and was heading home early sunday with those credits under my belt- What an accomplishment......................

    Yesterday I worked with a girl who looked so familiar-I met up in Albany during the workshop !! We both took CPNE over 2 years ago and we compared notes ans BS'd about it.

    It can be done there are plenty of us out there......

    study and practice...

    lots of luck

    deb

    grad 2001

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