CPNE

  1. I have confirmed an appointment to take the CPNE. Has anyone on this board taken CPNE @ Southern Regional Medical Center? What can I expect from SPAC CA's? Any tips? Any horror stories?
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    Joined: Aug '08; Posts: 9
    Paramedic; from US

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  3. by   Pmdc
    Congrats on your upcoming CPNE date. I took the CPNE at SRMC in 2005. Very friendly and professional. Some of those working as evaluators worked as educators for area universities. I know one was from KSU.

    I thought the the whole experience was like the CPNE DVD. It was pretty straight-forward. Not too difficult, but it was clear that if you didn't perform as expected then you would not pass. They did have one moment of leniency though. I forgot to chart the strength of pulses which was required for the area of care. They knew I had assessed them, so they held a quick conference and let it slide, so I passed in three PCS.

    There were several that I'm pretty sure did not pass. I could tell from the questions they asked that they were just not prepared. The stress was the hardest part, but I found that even that got better after passing the first PCS, which was a pediatric in my case.

    Feel free to PM or e-mail me if you need to any other info. I'll be glad to help if I'm able.
  4. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from gamedic31C
    Any horror stories?
    There will ALWAYS be horror stories. If I may give you one piece of advice, it is this: let your CPNE experience be YOURS. Period. Do not carry anyone's negative stuff into your weekend.
  5. by   Pmdc
    Quote from LunahRN
    There will ALWAYS be horror stories. If I may give you one piece of advice, it is this: let your CPNE experience be YOURS. Period. Do not carry anyone's negative stuff into your weekend.
    Good advice, Lunah. In addition, although I didn't spend a lot of time with the other candidates, stay clear of those who are stressed and experiencing meltdowns.

    If you've been a medic for a while, then you've survived more stressful situations (real life, I mean). I thought the stress level was about the same as what I felt during the National Registry Paramedic exam, only a much longer duration. Pretty subjective though, I guess.
  6. by   Raggedy Ann
    gamedic,
    Congrats on the CPNE date. How long have you given yourself to prepare? Just wondering for future reference. Again...Congrats on the date. Good luck with the preparation and Best wishes for success! Traci
  7. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from Pmdc
    Good advice, Lunah. In addition, although I didn't spend a lot of time with the other candidates, stay clear of those who are stressed and experiencing meltdowns.
    I actually put that in my first response, but deleted it ... some students have been helped more than hindered by "bonding" with other students. Personally, I kept to myself the entire weekend. That's just what I needed to do for myself.

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