PASSING THE CPNE: tips from my experience - page 12

well, i thought this thread might stick around a bit longer if the title was more obvious. so, i am posting my cpne experience here instead of "anticoag nurse passed the cpne"... i'll start with... Read More

  1. by   NC Girl BSN
    Congratulations on your pass! You were definetly prepared!
  2. by   Pixie.RN
    Kim, I just want to say I'm sorry for all the loss you've experienced, and glad to hear that you passed in spite of it all! *hugs* That rocks.
  3. by   txteri222
    Thanks for sharing your experience.
    Congratulations
  4. by   rhampton47
    I really enjoyed this post. Just returned from my CPNE workshop and cried the whole flight home. I never felt so stupid. thank's for being so positive. Would love more tips on skills. My worst fear is being 100% ready and failing on a stupid little thing that is not even part of the Skills or PCS/Careplan.

    I believe I am one of those people that nerves can shake me pretty bad, no matter how confident I am.
  5. by   rhampton47
    Wow, I am really enjoying this website and all the info on the CPNE. Thanks for sharing eveyone.
  6. by   rhampton47
    I just got back from Lynn's workshop. It's comforting to know that it helped you. I was really overwhelmed from all the info I got. Sounds like I picked a good workshop. Thanks for your post.
  7. by   rhampton47
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!! I had a nurse tell me she failed from dropping a pen. Sent me into stress overdrive. I too believe that it was just the final straw.

    Thanks for saying it.
  8. by   rhampton47
    BTW love your post, thanks for sharing.
  9. by   rhampton47
    Scary! I heard champ. bubles were okay.
  10. by   txteri222
    I know someone who failed because the stethoscope supplied was defective. She could hear nothing thru it,And as it was the first BP which is a manual one --failed her PCS. Scary huh?
  11. by   kdsharp
    I've heard many stories about people failing for what seems to be a silly thing. What no one seems to say in the same sentence is that you are given an opportunity to repeat each PCS. So if you fail because of a faulty stethoscope or you dropped your pen on the floor, you get a chance to repeat that PCS. Now, having said that, if the stethoscope didn't work, I'm sure the student could have addressed that with her CE, and even appealed. They tell you that in the study guide and at orientation. You can even appeal it to Excelsior if you choose. The thing is that most people can't handle the stress and get so upset that they don't even think to challenge decisions they don't agree with. You are expected to perform to the standard of a first day new RN graduate, and if you got to a job that gave you faulty equipment, you would ask for something that worked. If you are in a patient's room and drop a pen on the floor, bend over to pick it off the floor, it's a normal expectation that you would wash your hands afterward. That's what people fail for. Not dropping the pen, but not washing their hands again. I gelled my hands over and over again just to be safe, doesn't hurt anything, gives you a second to calm your nerves, and get on with your assignment.

    The CPNE is something that while challenging, is completely do-able. I did it, first try. I think the 1st time pass rate is somewhere around 65% so those people did it, too. We're not rocket scientists, because believe me, this has nothing to do with being smart. It's assumed that if you got this far, you "know" how to be a nurse. Can you do it under stress, with someone watching you, in a timely manner? Tough, you bet it is. But when you are a nurse, someone is watching you, the patient, and you better be able to do it in a timely manner because when you are on a floor with 6-8 patients, you need time management skills. And stress? I don't think there is a more stressful job than being a nurse. But it's worth it!
  12. by   Frankslove
    Thanks for the post. I am new and just starting so prob. do not need to worry about this just yet but I'm curious, how long do these things last. I know it is two or three days but how long each day. I'd like to just get it all over with in one day. Oh, these are real patients? I guess they have agreed to let us do this.??????

    Thank you in advance
  13. by   LPN_2005/RN_10
    The CPNE is 3 days, you don't have a choice to get it over with in 1 day. The first day is labs from 4-8:30pm, the 2nd day you have 2 patients, and the 3rd day 1 patient, if you don't have to repeat a PCS. I believe the day ends at 5pm or earlier. but you may get out earlier if there are no repeats. You only have 2 1/2 hours for each patient.
    Yes the patients were asked and agreed to have a student care for them.
    Quote from Frankslove
    Thanks for the post. I am new and just starting so prob. do not need to worry about this just yet but I'm curious, how long do these things last. I know it is two or three days but how long each day. I'd like to just get it all over with in one day. Oh, these are real patients? I guess they have agreed to let us do this.??????

    Thank you in advance

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