1. Hello all fellow nursing students and nurses. I am an Excelsior student who is about to register for the CPNE, and not looking forward to the 5-8 month nail biting, stomach churning, anxiety provoking wait until the actual test weekend when the anxiety will surely escalate. Well, in reality, maybe I am not quite that bad, but still have a healthy chunk of apprehension and want to focus this energy instead on efficient studying and preparation. I have so far obtained the CPNE study guide, audio and paper flash cards, orientation DVD and accompanying manual. It just seems like SOOO much information to try to absorb, let alone to process all critical elements as dynamically as it seems are required during the implementation phase of the PCS. I have already done a keyword search on the forums for "CPNE" but the results are rather outdated. Of course, I plan to take the EC workshop, but I would like to know what and how to study to get the most out of the workshop. I know it's asking a lot, but any tips or insight from recent EC grads would be appreciated.
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  3. by   gradyrn2b08
    Iam an Ec student and i am currently waiting on my date as well. I have been studing the EC notebook and a cd that i bought from e-bay. the author of the cd is an ec grad and her cd is full of lots of helpful info. Lisa Arrends is her name. Study each section in order and come up with an organized schedule and stick to it. Also check out the ecstudygroup website.=, may be helpful!! Good luck. Where are you testing???
  4. by   siberianpooch
    Thank you for the study tip! I have been listening to the audio critical elements cd to and from work. Also, I have been coming up with mnemonics to help me remember the critical elements. They have a theme for each area, such as a mnemonic about cell phones for remembering the critical elements for mobility and a mnenomic about furniture moving for fluid management. It sounds so corny, but it helps me remember. For example, the cell phone one is "All Mobile Devices Break. Position Satellites To Locate Mobile Phones Provides Service. All Devices Beam Records And Respond." Sounds kind of cryptic, but it prompts for all the critical elements: Assess: Mobility level, assistive Devices, Balance. Position: Support injured/weak parts and head, shoulders, pelvis. Turn, Lift, Move. Keep in Position. Avoid Pressure. Avoid Shearing. Ambulate/Assist: Use assistive Devices, keep Balance. Record All (all previous assessment findings and interventions) and patient Response. I don't know if this would work for anyone else, but keeping with mnemonic "themes" for each area of care keeps it compartmentalized in my mind. If anyone has any such mnemonics, I would greatly appreciate seeing them.
  5. by   siberianpooch
    P.S. In answer to your question, I am waiting on my CPR renewal card (mine expires next month) before I can submit my application, so I don't have a date, but plan on going to Albany RPTC.