PASSING THE CPNE: tips from my experience - page 4

well, i thought this thread might stick around a bit longer if the title was more obvious. so, i am posting my cpne experience here instead of "anticoag nurse passed the cpne"... i'll start with... Read More

  1. by   tgb3rn
    I have posted this in other threads and will here as well. I will also say that this is only my own opinion of the CPNE and how it was for me.
    The CPNE was not that difficult to me. It WAS very stressfull as it should have been. This is a test to prove that you are ready to be an RN. You did not have to go to a traditional school, or to clinicals. There was no one there to judge you all through school except yourself and your grades. This is it, the only thing between you and the title RN--I do not count the NCLEX--is easy if you made it through excelsior. IT SHOULD BE STRESSFULL.
    I believe it all has to do with your skill level as it is in your everyday working conditions. If you are an EMT, RT, LPN that has only worked in LTC/Clinic/office, or anything other than an LPN working in medsurg, it will not be all that easy.
    If you are any of the above: STUDY LIKE CRAZY. Take a workshop or even 2 of them. Buy the skills bag, flash cards, DVD and anything else that may help in any way.
    If you are similar to myself, LPN, IV certified--I do IVP and drips every day, I work medsurg in a rural 26 bed hospital and used all my skills every day. I graduated LPN school about 3 years ago now so all that was still fresh up there as well.--If this applies to you--buy the skills bag with wound and nothing else. All you need is the EC study guide and this.
    I did not do the grid thing, I went to a workshop and left after the 1st day because it wasn't doing me any good. I passed them all with no repeats in Amarillo, TX. Even had a 17MO ped with a parent that spoke no english and was assigned pt teaching to mother on safety, WOW that was fun :trout: .
    YOU can do this, study as it applies to you. It isn't possible to overstudy it anyway. Good luck.
    Tom
  2. by   ecwash
    Please send me any info that you have. Thank you.
  3. by   lunamjr
    can I write my mneumonics on my paperwork that I am bringing into pts room?
  4. by   EricJRN
    Quote from lunamjr
    can I write my mneumonics on my paperwork that I am bringing into pts room?
    Once the PCS starts, you can write them down from memory. In other words, you can't bring a cheat sheet that you prepared in advance, but if it helps you to write them out before you go in the room, you can do that.
  5. by   jad2525
    Quote from garmarind
    Very interesting. Please send me this info. Thanks
    Could you please email it to me.
    Last edit by EricJRN on Sep 9, '07 : Reason: email address removed
  6. by   anticoagulationurse
    Sent it, but just a reminder, I believe it is against allnurses policy to post your email address in a thread...
    Repeat: DO NOT POST YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HERE!

    So, to request the files:
    1) click on my name
    2) select the second option: Send private message (PM) to...
    3) send me your request and please include your personal email address (because the file is too large to send through allnurses)

    Keep up the hard work. And remember we are blessed to be a blessing to others!
    Last edit by anticoagulationurse on Apr 14, '07
  7. by   Nayachica
    Quote from anticoagulationurse
    Sent it, but just a reminder, I believe it is against allnurses policy to post your email address in an thread...


    So, to request the files:
    1) click on my name
    2) select the second option: Send private message (PM) to...
    3) send me your request and please include your personal email address (because the file is too large to send through allnurses)

    Keep up the hard work. And remember we are blessed to be a blessing to others!

    I would really appreciate the information. I can't figure out how to private message you.
  8. by   singtaylor
    I took the CPNE in June 2001 at Madison. The examiners were great and so happy for the students that passed. Out of 6, 4 passed. The 2 that failed were not prepared- one had not even read the CPNE study guide!!I agree with other posts here- you have to know the Critical Elements inside out, have a system to memorize them and learn to control your stress. I would not have passed without the use of the GRID. I wrote mine down during the planning phase and checked off each CE as it was done. I passed all 3 PCS's, but failed one lab Friday night. Had to repeat that on Sat. What a nerve wrecker!! My whole CPNE hinged on that - but I did it! I have a few study helps passed on from several sources I can EM to anyone interested. When I was preparing, there was the old Studybuddies site- which is now dissolved- it was great to have all that support. I believe you can still join chats through Excelsior for CPNE and tests. I went to Excelsiors weekend CPNE practice seminar- it is a great help and well worth the cost. The CPNE is hard, very stressful, but you can do it with lots of practice and belief in yourself!
  9. by   kylep40
    I test April 27, My wife says I am crazy but I live 3 hours away from the Ohio test hospital and was thinking of making a road trip out there to case out the premises and maybe decrease my anxiety a little on the big day. Has anyone tested in Ohio? How are the instructors..I mean do they act like they care if you pass or fail?
  10. by   raymondgirl
    could you please email them to me
    Last edit by EricJRN on Sep 9, '07 : Reason: email address removed
  11. by   ms happy 1
    i just started escelsior. I am unsure about the studying, lots of info to retain all at once. any suggestions. congrats on passing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. by   nurse1717
    upon passing my PCSs, 2 main things i'd say in response to anticoagulationurse's very thorough tips is that:
    1. i did spend time during my planning phase, drafting up a grid. this will be your point of reference throughout your PCS. if your grid isn't complete, you will more likely not fulfill all the areas of care and ce's.
    2. my implementation phases, for the most part were in phases. on one PCS though, i completed all my assessments upon entering the room (do not rush though!). the pt. was whisked away to radiology during my last assessment-i was able to finish before she was wheeled out.
    including the test sites and dates would be helpful, as this too will make a difference.
  13. by   singtaylor
    If you are just starting out with Excelsior, just study for one test at at time and get through each one. No need to think about the CPNE until you are near the time to take it.( about 6 mo. ) I have read about those that rushed through the whole program in 4 mo. I am not that way, but whatever works for you. I found as I studied and passed each nursing test, I got more confidence to go on. It is also helpful if you already work in a hospital setting and can find an RN mentor. Best wishes to you- it can be done!!

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