I am an LPN who has finished RN courses through Excelsior College. Have been finished for several months, but feel the final hurdle is impossible due
to cost, plus what I have read and heard about the clinicals; since I have
only worked in long term care, I have no hospital experience. Love to hear
from you! THANKS! Daun.
Nov 27, '06
Several Excelsior students post to the Distance Learning board here: https://allnurses.com/forums/f125/
There's a "sticky" at the top with tips to pass the CPNE.
Nov 28, '06
Welcome to the site, Daun! If you made it through the coursework, don't get discouraged in the home stretch. It can be done!
Nov 29, '06
I went through this program in 1985. Remember during your clinicals, you are a student taking a test. Not a Supernurse. Keep everything simple. Your assessment, care plan, etc. Remember to think each step through before reacting. Good luck.
Nov 30, '06
I finished my RN through Excelsior. The final clinical exam shouldn't be very difficult for you if you're an LPN.
You go in, demonstrate some very basic skills in a simulated environment the first day. Then the instructors observe you on two additional days in a real hospital caring for real patients (only one at a time I believe) in a medical-surgical and pediatric med-surg environment.
Excelsior sells an instructional video and practice materials for the final clinical exam. The video explains a lot, I recommend you start there.
If you still have doubts about you ability to pass after that, take one of their seminars where they train you. When I took the exam, I think only 2 out of 7 people passed, myself and one other person. I had spent a few semesters at a traditional nursing school, so I didn't feel it was necessary to take the training seminar. However, they say the pass rate for students who take the seminar is something like 90%.
As far as justifying the cost, hey I graduated 2.5 years ago and I make $70,000 per year. It would be hard for me to justify NOT taking the exam.
Besides, you didn't come all this way just to quit at the end. Move forward.