What is CPNE?

  1. I read and post here, as I'm attending WGU, but I see a lot of posts about CPNE and I've always wondered what it was. Is this an Excelsior thing? Is it like the major final exam before graduation, or something else?
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   EricJRN
    Yep - you got it. It's the Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination, by far the most nerve-wracking requirement involved in Excelsior's AS Nursing curriculum. Often there is a good deal of anxiety that goes along with CPNE-related posts.

    It's a test of pretty basic clinical skills, but it's only offered in a few locations across the country. That often means a great deal of travel for students (after a long wait time to test). That, combined with a pretty stringent set of critical elements for passing each section, makes the stress level pretty high for most.
  4. by   klone
    Wow! That does sound pretty nerve-wracking. So what do they test you on - IV starts, foley insertion, that type of thing? Are you tested on people or mannequins? Are these not tested in the clinical setting?
  5. by   EricJRN
    The CPNE takes place at a hospital and it's a combination of testing on actual inpatients and check-offs on skills lab mannequins.

    In the skills lab, they do things like a wound dressing station and a station where you demonstrate different med administration/injection techniques. With the patients, much of what you do is assessment-based. There are certain assessments that you perform on every patient (like vitals and IV site checks), and other assessments that you may or may not be assigned (like a neurovascular assessment on a postop ortho patient).
  6. by   Pixie.RN
    Klone, I posted a summary description here:


    It's a fairly intense clinical exam, to say the least. LOL