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by Lady Kathryn Lady Kathryn (New) New

I am currently enrolled in the Excelsior online nursing program. I am scheduled to take the often dreaded CPNE sometime Jan 2015. An anxious, worrying and stressed ball of person I am! I am looking for advice, guidance and maybe postive vibes on anyone that has went through the online program and/or the CPNE. I want to do well and I want to go through the CPNE only one time; though I hear the pass rate is nothing to brag about! As a little background info, I was enrolled in a 4 year BSN program and got all the way to the end! And then my world came to a screeching halt when I did not pass one of my last test and due to their grade structure, you can only fail one nursing class and this fail was my second. It was my fault for not doing what I should have done...give more effort. Though there were other nuring classes I took and did really well. So I come into the online program feeling defeated and it has been an ongoing process since 2010. And I have finally come to the CPNE/clinical weekend that is supposed to be passed with 100% perfection. Any advice, help, guidance and such that can be given would be much appreciated. I have allowed myself (I know I should not have) to view some negative information on the CPNE so a balance is needed.

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 41 years experience.

Welcome!

I am sorry you are having a hard time.....I moved your thread for the best response.

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN

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

Welcome to the forum, Lady Kathryn. You know how it is - a person with a good experience tells 2 friends, a person with a bad experience tells 20 friends. After a while you'll see negative experiences everywhere.

Here are a couple of threads:

https://allnurses.com/excelsior-college-online/clinical-performance-nursing-884109.html - about the CPNE

https://allnurses.com/excelsior-college-online/excelsior-grads-where-217472.html - a motivational read :)

The bottom line: the CPNE is basic nursing assessment, basic management. It's challenging because it's in a strange location (for most) and is stressful. I feel that a workshop or prepping with fellow students (whether in person or via programs like Skype) is very beneficial for most. By the time I went, I was over-prepared and just wanted it done! Was I ready? I have no idea, but I was going to go get it done! lol. You can prepare forever and never quite feel ready. Do you have a CPNE date yet?

I am scheduled for the jan 2015. In Georgia. The scheduler is still confirming dates. And thanks for your kind words. I know I can do all I can to prepare and then do the best I can. The rest is out of my hands. But goodness, that's easy for me to say...so much harder to live by it!

Hi Bronze, I'm trying to figure out this site. Thanks for the welcome. Maybe you could help. I've read a lot of people really like the SG101 study materials. However I still need math. I didn't see one for math on the site. I also read some people did the math through straighterline, but the math courses I see listed on there appear to be a higher level than the ECE contemporary mathematics. Ant advice?

UlanaD

Has 14 years experience.

Hi Bronze, I'm trying to figure out this site. Thanks for the welcome. Maybe you could help. I've read a lot of people really like the SG101 study materials. However I still need math. I didn't see one for math on the site. I also read some people did the math through straighterline, but the math courses I see listed on there appear to be a higher level than the ECE contemporary mathematics. Ant advice?

People have been doing ALEKS beginning algebra and looks like you can finish it in a day or so. Also the contemp math uexel is not bad even if you don't like math.

I did intermediate algebra and statistics for behavioral health to make sure I had my lower and upper level math completed. Both through ALEKS.

I did them just over a week ago and had the ACE transcripts sent to excelsior. Both were accepted although I only needed the algebra.

The course or assessments are not precepted. For those who are awful at math this is a good alternative. They are slowly putting more restrictions on these types of credits... so jump on it fast.

It ended up being cheaper than a clep exam with none of the stress.

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