I was in a traditional RN program and dropped out due to various reasons. That was 1 1/2 years ago. By the time I take the CPNE I will be out of school 2 years. You will be able to pick your skills right back up after practice, practice, practice. There is a skills bag you can purchase through EC and there are many good fundamental skill nursing books you can purchase with step by step guidance. I am presently a CNA and I am only able to do very limited basic skills, which I will continue to use as an RN. My skills as far as trach suctioning, NG tubes, IV pushes, syringes, IVs, NG tube meds, wound dressings, etc. will always stay with me. A good example is after I left nursing school
I was working at a hospital as a PtCA in the ER and was required to do many foleys. My first one, I took a deep breath and remembered everything I was taught in school and the hospital's PtCA class. After each time I inserted a foley, I became a lot more confident in doing this skill. This goes with any skill. Just keep practicing at home and review your texts. When you graduate you will be following an RN for a good while. You will not be put right out there and expected to start an IV. Again, if you want it you can do it. It takes determination, desire, and a lot of discipline. It is doable.