PASSING THE CPNE: tips from my experience - page 6

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   farmgirl_dee65
    question: where are the clinical sites for the cpne portion of the course? thanks in advance!

    dee
  2. by   Jenn91c
    if you go to the excelsior site, click on the CPNE Q&A somewhere and it has all of the sites. there a several, Atlanta, new york, wisconsin, Texas, are the ones i can think of off hand but i think there are at least 10 sites.
  3. by   val16
    im prob showin my irgnorance here .. but wat is the CPNE ? thks . val16
  4. by   anticoagulationurse
    Help me! My computer crapped out and on it the files I have been sending out for almost a year now. So sorry to those of you who have been waiting for me to send them! What I need is for someone to whom I have sent the files/email in the past to email it to me at a different email address. Since I can't post it here, please PM me and I'll give you the email address so I can begin sending the files to thos ein need. Thank you. Sorry, again for the delay!!
  5. by   intrigued2b
    WOW, you are so considerate. So many others would have sold this info on eBAY to the highest bidder. I'm so glad this thread stuck around. I recently enrolled in EC and am trying to get thru ASAP. I'm taking Concepts III next week and am hoping to continue taking one every 3-4 weeks. I'm really worried about the CPNE. I get really nervous when I have an audience, especially if they're critiquing me. I'd appreciate any help I can get. Thanks!!

    Another worry of mine is that there will be a long waiting list to get an appointment. Rumor has it that it's 6 months!! If anyone has recently taken it or is waiting to, can you please give me some idea of the time frame?
    Thanks Lisamarie
    Last edit by EricJRN on Sep 9, '07 : Reason: email removed
  6. by   intrigued2b
    OOPS!! Just read your last posting. Ummmm....whats PM? How do I PM you? Yes, I'm an allnurses.com virgin, this is my first, well my second posting. HeLLPPP

    Lisamarie
  7. by   anticoagulationurse
    I got the files back. All is well. I'm back in action to send them to those who PM me. Thanks for your patience!
  8. by   WonderfulNurse2B
    I am new at this forum thing ...I am currently a student needing these tips for the CPNE I would appreciate any help. Thanks so very much
  9. by   Medic04
    Quote from intrigued2b
    WOW, you are so considerate. So many others would have sold this info on eBAY to the highest bidder. I'm so glad this thread stuck around. I recently enrolled in EC and am trying to get thru ASAP. I'm taking Concepts III next week and am hoping to continue taking one every 3-4 weeks. I'm really worried about the CPNE. I get really nervous when I have an audience, especially if they're critiquing me. I'd appreciate any help I can get. Thanks!!

    Another worry of mine is that there will be a long waiting list to get an appointment. Rumor has it that it's 6 months!! If anyone has recently taken it or is waiting to, can you please give me some idea of the time frame?
    Thanks Lisamarie
    By time I test it will be 8 mos. That is because I called and told them "I" have to test. For personal and job related reasons. They finally gave me a date, when I had explained why, otherwise it would have been Jan-Feb 2008. 9 mos to 1 year
  10. by   jnette
    Another good tip :

    I made a cassette tape of all my mneumonics for all the critical elements. Every time I was in the car driving to work, the grocery store... anywhere... I would listen to this tape. Over and over and over again... even turn it on before I went to sleep at noc.

    If you know exactly what to do in each situation (and your CPNE carjack "binder" will tell you EXACTLY what is expected of you!) you will do fine. Stick to what you are told in that binder.. do no more and no less.

    Know these things well, so you can recall the material in the binder in each PCS.

    Yes, they are more "picky" about things... be extra careful about cross contamination, dropping a pen on the floor and using it without cleaning it or replacing it.. do not lay anything (chart, your papers, etc.) on pt.'s bed, etc., etc., etc.) and while in the "real world" we all know it's different, just follow through with these expectations regardless.. this is what they expect, so DO IT!

    Control those nerves at all cost.. so much easier said than done. I was a nervous WRECK even though I had my material DOWN, and knew everything inside and out, frontwards and backwards.

    I chose NOT to have anyone with me... for me it would have been too much of a distraction. I wanted to do nothing but stay in my hotel room and totally focus on the task at hand... went through practicing all different scenarios and the lab portions in my hotel room. I wanted nothing on my mind or in my presence which would have distracted me from this. But everyone is different. You do what works best for you.

    Take deep breaths and step out of the room to think when you need to.

    Leave plenty of time after the hands on pt. care to complete your documentation.. I found I was really cutting it short several times, and came close to failing one PCS because I had not left myself enough time to document.. spent too much time in the room forgetting I still had to do the "finishing up" of the PCS in documentation.

    Yes.. NCLEX is a piece of cake if you can pass this. Truly !
    It's not the material, not the actual patient care situations, not the interventions and documentation.......... it's those blasted NERVES !!!
  11. by   buckeyemarv
    Quote from peaparamedic
    I passed the CPNE over New Year's weekend on my first attempt at Mansfield, OH. I echo everything "anticoag" has said.

    I would emphasis knowing the critical element pnemonics perfectly and practice gridmaking before you test. I bought a lab skills kit with wound and practiced those as well.

    During the test, I had pain magt, respiratory management. Peripheral vascular, IV med administration and IV piggyback antibiotics.

    I attended CHE in San Jose CA in June 06 and very likely wouldn't have passed without it. It really brought care plans and grids into focus. Invaluable for a Paramedic.
    Mansfield wasn't open new years of 2007
  12. by   kittyRN1210
    Please send me your info regarding the CPNE I would appreciate it VERY much I am so nervous with doing this last component. Did you go to any of the prep-courses or conferences that are offered by some people? Thanks again, and CONGRATS !!!

    Kathryn
  13. by   Brittally
    I would like to have all your tips for passing also.
    Much appreciated.
    Brittally

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