Finally ready to talk about my CPNE experience 3/25/2011

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debroselpn

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Thank you so much for taking the time to painstakingly write your story. I enjoyed it and felt like I was right there with you. Congratulations on passing. My CPNE date is July 15-17, I just found out 2 days ago. I will get my FCCAs June 1st. So, I've really got to do some intense studying between now & then! Thanks again for sharing.

LoopsRN2

692 Posts

Specializes in Surgery, Med/Surg/ICU, OB-Peds, Ophth.

MissingErica...thank you thank you for this journal.....I have so many comments but far too busy of a day. Will be back later :)

exnavygirl-RN

715 Posts

Congratulations!! I had nightmares for a few weeks after I passed the CPNE. Thinking back now I don't know how I was able to drive home. I live in south MS and took the CPNE in Madison Wisconsin. This was October 2008! Can't believe it's been that long!

You did it...you passed it!:yeah:

dslpninla

572 Posts

Specializes in GI, Outpatient Surgery. Has 6 years experience.
Congratulations!! I had nightmares for a few weeks after I passed the CPNE. Thinking back now I don't know how I was able to drive home. I live in south MS and took the CPNE in Madison Wisconsin. This was October 2008! Can't believe it's been that long!

You did it...you passed it!:yeah:

Wow what a drive!!

LoopsRN2

692 Posts

Specializes in Surgery, Med/Surg/ICU, OB-Peds, Ophth.
Awesome post! My cpne is this weekend and I'm beyond freaked out! I know my stuff but I'm just so afraid of failing and having to pay 2grand again! I hope and pray I do well! I'm so happy for you and I hope I don't have ptsd like you did after though lol! I feel like if I pass I'm going to have the biggest weight lifted off my shoulder! And party!!

Good luck! Where are you testing?

BeachieRN84

720 Posts

Specializes in Tele/Neuro/Trauma. Has 8 years experience.

I just re read this now that I am CPNE ready and I was wondering if you would tell me how you recommend preparing for peds, esp getting a baby like you did? Weighing diapers and taking vitals on a baby scares me. Does Shari cover this in her online workshop? I have never taken care of a sick baby besides my own! Thanks!! :-)

LoopsRN2

692 Posts

Specializes in Surgery, Med/Surg/ICU, OB-Peds, Ophth.
(Woke up and told myself to stop acting like a nervous idiot and to start acting like the confident nurse I am at work. I promised myself that this last PCS (hopefully) was going to be me, being me! I was going to remember who I was and go in there and snatch that CPNE right out of Excelsiors hands!)

PCS #3 30 something woman in with bilateral PE's, DVT's. On heparin gtt. I'm assigned to do Peripheral vascular assessment, ambulate, ice pack....and I swear I can't remember anything else. Honestly, I have so many blank spots about this whole weekend. I am so amazed at how people remember all the details!

Not much to say about this one, I did what I was assigned to do. I felt very confident and acted like a totally different person than the blundering idiot I had been for the past two days. I laughed with my patient, we went for a walk, it was great. I did my charting, handed it in and sat and waited. And then it hit me....I thought about everything I had overcome to get to this point. I have been an LPN for 15 years because I knew I'd never be able to get past the math requirements in college. I thought I'd die if anyone ever found out I had a learning disability. I don't know when it happened or what happened to change my mind, but one day I just decided I was going to get officially tested and get the documentation I needed for my community college, so I could get the accommodations I needed. $1000 dollars later I got my official diagnosis and my accommodations. I went to tutoring EVERY single day during my math and Chemistry classes and passed!

I sat there waiting and all of this came rushing back to me and right there, right then I just started crying. I mean the type of crying you do when someone dies! OMG... I think I had just had it and all that stress just overwhelmed me. I got up and went to find a rest room and cleaned myself up a bit, but by then my eyes were swollen and red and there was nothing I could do. I walked back to where I was told to wait and the CE just looked at me and said, "why are you crying, you're going home!" LOL....I lost it! I just balled my brains out and she was so nice! We walked back to the room where they did the skills testing and my new bestie, Theresa, was standing there...she had passed too! We hugged like we had known each other our whole lives! I went in and the CA congratulated me and gave me my paperwork. We talked for a bit and then I tore out of there before they could change their minds!!!

I know this is long, but I feel so much better after telling my story. This test is totally doable, but please know going in that it is by far the most stressful experience you will ever have. BE PREPARED!! Know your stuff inside and out and be able to defend your actions. Fight for yourself, this is YOUR CPNE! If anyone has any questions please email me, I'd be happy to help anyone get through this. :)

Wow, I just finished reading the your last post, and you have me tearing up!! Fantastic, informative, honest, and inspiring story you have. Thank you again for sharing. CPNE has such a bad reputation, and while you make no bones about the level of nerves going into this, the interactions you share here with your CE's really does put my mind at ease. I LOVE how you took control of the situation with the apical pulse difficulty in the over endowed female. Although you were horribly nervous, your decision showed a whole lot of confidence in my opinion. I would love to email you if I run into some bumps with the CPNE prep. I am taking my last 2 nursing tests next week & June 8th, so I am hoping it won't be to far away. Congrats again on your accomplishment and good luck on NCLEX!

MissingMyErica

122 Posts

Specializes in Telemetry. Has 15 years experience.
Wow, I just finished reading the your last post, and you have me tearing up!! Fantastic, informative, honest, and inspiring story you have. Thank you again for sharing. CPNE has such a bad reputation, and while you make no bones about the level of nerves going into this, the interactions you share here with your CE's really does put my mind at ease. I LOVE how you took control of the situation with the apical pulse difficulty in the over endowed female. Although you were horribly nervous, your decision showed a whole lot of confidence in my opinion. I would love to email you if I run into some bumps with the CPNE prep. I am taking my last 2 nursing tests next week & June 8th, so I am hoping it won't be to far away. Congrats again on your accomplishment and good luck on NCLEX!

You can email me any time, I'd be happy to help you. missingmyerica@yahoo.com

ramore

19 Posts

I did the same thing at the wound station there was so much stuff in the way that I moved it all on to another table to get it out of my way and I turned the arm around to.

mrstookielpn

165 Posts

Specializes in Peds,Corrections, Dialysis, LTC.
I just copied and pasted all that onto a word document to print and read later.. lol..... Thanks so much

I did the same thing!

lisaannjamRN

62 Posts

Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story. I passed my CPNE at York Hospital in York PA on May 20-22, 2011. My story is very similar to yours and you wrote about it so eloquently. I am so glad it's over!!! It is so stressful, but I agree they really do want you to pass IF you can show you know your stuff and you know what you are doing. Congrats to us!! And best of luck to all those getting ready for their CPNE. You can do it too!!!

LoopsRN2

692 Posts

Specializes in Surgery, Med/Surg/ICU, OB-Peds, Ophth.
Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story. I passed my CPNE at York Hospital in York PA on May 20-22, 2011. My story is very similar to yours and you wrote about it so eloquently. I am so glad it's over!!! It is so stressful, but I agree they really do want you to pass IF you can show you know your stuff and you know what you are doing. Congrats to us!! And best of luck to all those getting ready for their CPNE. You can do it too!!!

I was reading a post on the EPN about someone that just passed. This person failed 2 of the patients the 1st day and did end up passing with 3/3 patients the next day. I am a bit confused at this point because I read that if you fail 2 patients, you fail the weekend. I did find this extremely encouraging :)