i know this is an old thread but the cpne is not that easy, every one does not pass, not even most everyone passes, and i am an ec grad who passed cpne the first time and plenty of students were dropping like flies. I hope those who chose to do TCN ( i have no experience with RUE) think long and hard. I am still paying them for modules i never used because they didn't always coincide with the courese so i just got the books( downloaded, sorry i know its not right, please spare the lectures, i could't afford them either did what i had to) and read the assigned information straight from the horses mouth, never failed a test and asked the staff lots of questions when i didn't understand and they always responded. CPNE is passable obviously but you do have to know what you have to know and you have to know it well and you have to learn to handle stress or nerves will fail you for that test. I know lots of ec nurses who had no prob getting a job, ec has a rep for being hard to pass so if you make it, it makes you look good, if your state takes ec but some states don't. Those that do, there is usually a time when new grads get hired and if you grad at an odd time of year you may have a challenge not because it is ec but because the new grad positions are taken. having that prob now. I get nods for graduating from ec, like "wow, you must know your stuff, that is a hard program to finish," but not hiring new grads right now, unless i go to nursing homes or hospitals so far from me that they are closer to the next state. any how just thought i would chime in as i am looking now for a bsn program.