Just the ramblings of a very tired mind...
You would think that with such a HUGE waiting list for CPNE, some sort of alternative "Plan B" would be devised.
If an RN in your hometown (or, even better-- at the facility you work at) would be willing to follow EC's stringent testing guidelines (and sign an affidavit to that fact) and proctor an LPN, we'd have little or no wait for clinicals and a lot more RN's running around!
The CPNE tests on things we (LPNs) do everyday in acute care settings(except IV pushes and hanging blood). Wound care, hanging piggybacks, starting IVs, drawing labs, TFs, working with vent-dependent pts, and of course-head-to-toe assessments and writing care plans
I guess that would make too much sense and not enough dollars for EC, considering the pass rate of 64%.
Nov 30, '07
I have to agree with Eric on this. I just finished up EC and I had a ton of questions regarding the "online" degree both at my current employer and my new employer. Some people that have never heard of EC are skeptical about the clinical. I just interviewed at one of the large teaching hospitals in boston on the cardio thoracic surgical floor and telling the nurse manager about this program she had never heard about I was able to tell her about the grueling process of the CPNE with the masters prepared nurses watching over every move you made with a white coat and a clipboard ensuring 100% accuracy or failure and she was put at ease that my RN was legit. I got the job. So as frustrating as it is...use the time wisely so you are one of the 64% that pass.
And just an afterthought.....if everyone did use the time better the passing rate would theoretically be higher. With a passing rate higher there would be less repeaters and therefore the wait would be less.
Last edit by Boston-RN on Nov 30, '07