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Just Passed My CPNE

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Specializes in LTC, case mgmt, agency.

Hello, I passed the CPNE. I can't believe it's over. Now for the boards. I thought I'd write in a few tips to hopefully help others.

Regarding the 20 minute checks:

Wash hands ( first time with soap and water )

Introduce yourself and explain interaction

Check ID band and ask for patients name

Put on gloves

Check IV site ( is it cool/warm, do you see any edema?, other abnormality)

Check skin turgor ( pinch hand, mucus membranes or fontanel ( with child upright )

Off gloves

Use hospital supplied alcohol sanitizer

Check IV tubing or tube feeding tubing

Check drip rate/flow rate

Is the solution right/ check against PCS sheets and/or MAR

Get baseline fluid levels for your I&O's

DOCUMENT ASAP!!!!!

Remember, if I did it, you can do it too.:D

JP425

Specializes in oncology/ medicine. Has 2 years experience.

Congrats,

How long did it take you to finish theory part (Concepts)? I am new to this and thinking go thru excelsior. Trying to get more info from people who has done this.

Thanks:yeah:

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TIN65RN

Specializes in Geriatrics. Has 16 years experience.

Congratulations!!!!!:bowingpur

Melinurse

Specializes in LTC, case mgmt, agency.

It took me about 3 years, but, I had to do it part time. My son had some medical problems. EC can be done quickly, but be prepared for a wait of 4-6 months by the time you get to your CPNE. Be ready to study and prepare for state boards while you wait for CPNE. I am using DVD's from Drexel University and some other DVD's from the education department at work to study for my NCLEX. Is it worth it? YES!!!

Congrats! I love hearing success stories, especially when it comes to the CPNE*wine

Hello, I passed the CPNE. I can't believe it's over. Now for the boards. I thought I'd write in a few tips to hopefully help others.

Regarding the 20 minute checks:

Wash hands ( first time with soap and water )

Introduce yourself and explain interaction

Check ID band and ask for patients name

Put on gloves

Check IV site ( is it cool/warm, do you see any edema?, other abnormality)

Check skin turgor ( pinch hand, mucus membranes or fontanel ( with child upright )

Off gloves

Use hospital supplied alcohol sanitizer

Check IV tubing or tube feeding tubing

Check drip rate/flow rate

Is the solution right/ check against PCS sheets and/or MAR

Get baseline fluid levels for your I&O's

DOCUMENT ASAP!!!!!

Remember, if I did it, you can do it too.:D

That's wonderful!!!! :yeah::D:w00t::balloons::grad::dncgbby: I appreciate you posting your 20 minute checks. Congrats to you on your major accomplishment. I wish you the very best as your prepare for the NCLEX. Please keep us posted.

Congratulations!!! Glad to hear from someone who proves it can be done!!! Thanks for the tips.:balloons::balloons::balloons::w00t::w00t:

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN

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

YAY!!!! I was thinking about you this weekend -- I thought you were off doing the CPNE thang! ;) CONGRATS!!! That rocks.

And Suesquatch -- ROTFL!!! You can never have too many emoticons, right? :) Like my favorite, the almighty dancing banana ...

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Melinurse

Specializes in LTC, case mgmt, agency.

Thank you. Cute icons!!!!

Lorie P.

Specializes in Med/Surge, Private Duty Peds.

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Congrats to you. Thanks for the 20min check it looks great. I test in 5 weeks. Getting a little scared. Best of luck with the NCLEX:bowingpur:clown::up::up::nurse::yeah:

TraciRN

Specializes in ER.

CONGRATES!!!!:clphnds::tbsk:Now time to relax a little.

Traci

txspadequeenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, PICC Nurse, Nursing Supervisor. Has 20 years experience.

congratulations to you..was it as dramatic as everyone makes it out to be...where did you test?

hello, i passed the cpne. i can't believe it's over. now for the boards. i thought i'd write in a few tips to hopefully help others.

regarding the 20 minute checks:

wash hands ( first time with soap and water )

introduce yourself and explain interaction

check id band and ask for patients name

put on gloves

check iv site ( is it cool/warm, do you see any edema?, other abnormality)

check skin turgor ( pinch hand, mucus membranes or fontanel ( with child upright )

off gloves

use hospital supplied alcohol sanitizer

check iv tubing or tube feeding tubing

check drip rate/flow rate

is the solution right/ check against pcs sheets and/or mar

get baseline fluid levels for your i&o's

document asap!!!!!

remember, if i did it, you can do it too.:D

Melinurse

Specializes in LTC, case mgmt, agency.

To txspadequeen921, yes, very traumatic. I tested in Racine, Wisconsin. Although I should say, I had only read the CPNE book once through and got flash cards from EC a week before the exam. I did'nt know the "critical elements" per se, but I knew they were looking for general basic nursing skills. The traumatic part was when the CE's read their " When you are handing in your papers you are delaring you have completed all your critical elements for this PCS." That's when I thought I'd either have a coronary right there or I was going to pee my pants. Ha! Ha! Ha! However, you should know the CE's are really nice afterward and very very caring. They try to make you as comfortable and relaxed as possible. They do have to maintain a " detached " attitude before and during the exam. Don't let it get to you. They are truly hoping you will succeed. Your own internal stress is what REALLY REALLY gets you.

Where did you take your CPNE? Trying to decide on a testing site! Please help!!!

Thanks!

Melinurse

Specializes in LTC, case mgmt, agency.

I took my test in Racine,Wisconsin ( MPAC ). Great support from CE and CA as well as nurses there. By the way I got a job offer there. I have not yet decided which floor or what hours to work yet though.

ougreene

Specializes in Nursing home, Research, Pulmonary.

hey that is great you passed!:D

i bet now you can breath a little easier that the cpne is over!

thank you for the helpful hints also.:bow:

still waiting for a cpne date in sedro woolley.

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