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I FAILED CPNE twice,I was devastated and disappointed.Should I go back to school or take it again for the last time? ,I'm terrified even just thinking about..:( but I have to start all over and just wasted 10k if I leave excelsior,thank u

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Well, do you think you can overcome what failed you the first two times? Will focused work put you in the ball park, or are you going to waste your time and money? Do a stringent self analysis here. But, look at it this way: another effort (your best effort) at the CPNE is a lot less expensive in time and money than starting all over. And you are in the EC program. Who is to say you will be able to enter another program easily, or at all? Only you can make this decision, based on your self analysis. Good luck.

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

Sorry that you weren't successful. How did you prepare? Did you take a workshop? Where were your failures - labs or PCSs?

We can't make this decision for you, certainly, but plenty of us have been through the CPNE and can tell you how we prepared.

Thank u...

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everytime I take the CPNE I always think that I'm ready ready u know but when it's time to take it I forget everything....I've learned :( I took conference and phone calls.

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Thank u pixie.RN, yes I did used grids,mnemonics,but I think I'm just too nervous to remember everything,maybe I'll take anxiety meds next time. I think I'll try it again.....thx again

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UlanaD

Has 14 years experience.

Take a workshop!! I was reading somewhere where there is a person who does a pre-exam workshop at Madison right before you go to CPNE, in your hotel room.

BSNbeDONE, ASN, BSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

Thank u pixie.RN, yes I did used grids,mnemonics,but I think I'm just too nervous to remember everything,maybe I'll take anxiety meds next time. I think I'll try it again.....thx again

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When I tested, as soon as the CE said "you may begin", I wrote my mnemonics down on the back of the care plan packet. I recommend doing this if it is still allowed. Although it is considered brain-dumping, for the CPNE, it was not considered cheating because it was retrieved from memory AFTER the exam began. Knowing you have that legal cheat-sheet goes a long way in minimizing stress levels. Good luck on your next attempt!

PS. Although I didn't use these resources, take a look at Rob's Videos so that you can get a look at how it's done. Then PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! Conferences and phone calls are wonderful but it doesn't hold a candle to that hands-on experience.

Thank u guys,i did my CPNE in Albany 2x, I felt that I'll be more comfortable but didn't help,should I try somewhere else? I feel so disappointed with my self cuz of simple mistakes I made but I really want to be an RN and I don't want to give up :(

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Saratoga Springs is up the road from Albany and the hospital is small and pretty much less "stress". If they still test there, might be a good choice.

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

Saratoga Springs is up the road from Albany and the hospital is small and pretty much less "stress". If they still test there, might be a good choice.

Not a current site. Sites are listed here: Excelsior College | Finding a Test Site

People tend to like Utica, for a what it's worth. You'll find positive and negative reviews of all sites if you look long enough!

nursejessica2013

Specializes in Operating Room.

I failed the CPNE in Albany in June and passed in Chambersburg 9/21/2014. I was prepared the first time after taking EC online conferences, online workshops, careplan classes AND advising phone calls/message center. In all of that money, time, and effort that I spent in preparation nowhere did I focus on my nerves. Never thought they would be a problem until the surfaced during the labs. Failing to put the needle guard up on the syringe before putting it in the sharps is what sent me home in Albany.

I retested this past weekend in Chambersburg successfully and I will admit that I did not study nowhere near as hard as I did the first time. There wasn't a lack of knowledge but I did take antianxiety meds and I prayed a WHOLE LOT. I know GOD was probably thinking "there she goes ringing me again" lol You should definitely retake this exam. If you need anxiety meds....get them. If you need an in-person workshop...take it. Research all available resources and go with the one that is best for you. Keep in mind, you can spend all the money in the world on these workshops but it will not do any good if you can't control your nerves! Take some time for yourself and get back in there!!! YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

thank you for your input,yes I decided to do it again but still have to save money for that though.

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HemOnc, MSN

Specializes in ONCOLOGY/ HEMATOLOGY. Has 15 years experience.

I can understand how hard this must be for you, but don't give up on your dream! There were times during my CPNE weekend when I was mentally preparing myself to retake the exam if I failed. I came very close to failing my first PCS on something that I was not even assigned to do, but fought for it and was given credit. People who have gone through the CPNE process know how hard it really is and how easy it is to fail!

Personally, I did Sheri Taylor's workshop for 1 month and bought Rob's CPNE material. It is easier if you have a nursing job because you can actually pretend like you are in a PCS...grid, care plan, notes and also time yourself. If not, see if you can shadow a nurse in a Med-Surg setting, Excelsior will give you a letter for this purpose. I am not sure if you failed on Labs or PCS's, but you know your strengths and weaknesses better that anyone else!

Try not to focus on the 10k that you already spent (I know that's not easy), but on the rewarding career you will have after you become an RN! Good luck and I wish you the very best!

I failed 2x's also I went to a psychologist to find out what was going on and my family doc give me Xanax and I got a letter to give me more time, because I have test anxiety. I went to a CPNE workshop and study everyday. I did pass with no problems, good luck.