PASSING THE CPNE: tips from my experience - page 5

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   singtaylor
    Also, forgot to mention that Excelsior has a chat room for enrolled students, where they discuss the tests, including CPNE with an instructor. I found these very helpful.
  2. by   TxnurseLVN2RN
    Anticoag Nurse,

    I am new to this forum and I am very interested in the additional info you have for CPNE....however, I have not found a way to PM you ...???

    Thanks,
    "NEW" Texas lvn 2 rn


    [quote=anticoagulationurse;1899887]Due to the responses I've been getting for more information, I decided to also assemble a generic email I can send to anyone who wants all my files I collected in preparation for the CPNE."
  3. by   TxnurseLVN2RN
    Please disregard last post....in your earlier posts it did not give an option to PM by clicking on username but I eventually found one that did.

    Thanks,
    Texas lvn2rn
  4. by   Jenn91c
    Quote from Joye0711
    Hi...just wanted to let you know that two of my friends have passed in Wisconsin. I think it was the Racine testing site but I am not sure. I haven't heard anything about the Tx testing sites. Do you know how long the wait is for Wisconsin? Just curious...

    I lived in Texas for 6 years, thats where i got my license, and the RN's on my floor were almost ALL Rn's through EC. and they suggested to go to the Wisconsin site. they said to avoid Dallas and didn't know if there was still one there, but they went through when it was Regents. but they all said Wisconsin site was the best.
  5. by   mamac0805
    Quick question, I am about to begin EC. What happens if you ( I hate to say it) fail this test? Sorry, I don't mean to bring bad mojo to the thread, just curious?
  6. by   nurse1717
    if you don't pass the 1st time, after paying the same fees for testing , you can take it again. i think you have a total of 3 trys and the time frame is within 7 years i believe.
  7. by   arelle68
    Please send me everything you have! My CPNE is in a month!
    Last edit by EricJRN on Sep 9, '07 : Reason: email removed
  8. by   nurse1717
    arelle68,
    are you addressing me?
    i took a review course 6 months before my CPNE. someone else has already reserved all my test material.
    have your reviewed your CPNE binder from EC? let me know if i can help.
  9. by   ropernurse
    i would appreciate any inforamtion you can send on the cpne.

    any help is appreciated.



    Quote from anticoagulationurse
    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 general tips from my experience: i also have a very long journal recollection type thing (4 typed pages of my pcs experiences and a long 2 page recall of my sim labs). i really think they are too lengthy to post here, so if you would like, pm me and i will email them and please feel free to keep and pass on to others in the future.

    cpne tips
    • arrive at the location the day before and practice driving or bussing or getting yourself to the hospital.
    • bring music that 1) pumps you up, 2) relaxes you and makes you happy. i did not bring music and really wished i had. it would have added to my feeling of having some sort of choices and autonomy, and would have helped distract me.
    • if you are traveling 3 time zones away like i did, consider practicing a week in advance getting up at "0230". i traveled from west to east coast and the time zone thing really messed me up badly. i was already a frazzled mess, let alone lack of sleep!
    • bring bath salts and a tea-light candle to relax by.
    • bring a small item that reminds you of home.
    • come with a loved one. i thought i would be fine on my own but i was a wreck. it really would have helped having my husband along to hold me, coach me, and be around to listen to and distract me.
    • trust your mnemonics. do not stray from your grid. keep your grid in viewable distance the entire time. i failed one pcs because i had no-where to set my grid but the windowsill and didn’t look at it during respiratory management. i missed a critical element (coughing) i knew in my head (had a nagging feeling), but would have caught it if my grid were in sight! check critical elements off as you complete them.
    • do the implementation phase in phases. leave the room for 15-20 minutes at least once to catch up on planning, thinking and documenting as you go.
    • document on your grid as you go along and transfer to your pcs recording form later. group patient care activities, and remember assessments and managements don’t all have to be linear. do bits and pieces as opportunities present.
    • feed the patient questions that relate to your nursing dx. example: for impaired comfort, ask the patient if they are stiff, sore or feeling grimy, etc. for impaired physical mobility, ask if they feel off balance when they walk or stand, or weakness, etc. get them to tell you what nursing dx is appropriate to them.
    • doing vitals twice is not necessary when you use machines for bp or spo2 or temp. this is according to my ce’s.
    • don’t spend a lot of time in the planning phase. just pick some sort of reasonable nursing dx and interventions quickly. you will have limited knowledge of the patient and you will probably have to revise any nursing dx and interventions anyway. do your thing in implementation and then allow what you’ve already done to direct you in choosing a priority dx and interventions during the evaluation phase.
    • when you have a question about anything, ask the ce. the worst they can do is say they cannot answer the question or, maybe give you a partial answer that guides you in the right direction.
    • be attuned to your ce’s body language. they may inadvertently cue you into things you are missing!
    • if during implementation, the ce interrupts and asks, “have you completed the critical elements for blah blah assessment/management?” immediately say, “no, i would like to review my papers.” then, think madly and try to figure out why they asked you that. if they ask this, it may mean you are about to fail and you may have a chance to correct your mistake if you can figure out what you missed. they will not ask you this question if you are doing everything correctly.
    • during evaluation and documentation, check your grid against your pcs recording form at least 3 times before turning in. make yourself a system for marking off your grid as you go and then as you document. one student my weekend failed a pcs for not documenting pain of 0, even though the ce and the student both knew she assessed the patient’s pain at least 5 times during implementation. if it is not documented, it wasn’t done.
    • mark a line on the cup the patient is using if there is liquid in it, at the beginning of the implementation phase. this will help you accurately measure intake later.
    • bring the mar into the room with you to document when you give meds. saves time.
    • keep a whole bunch of gloves in your pocket. glove whenever you have doubt (touching washcloth, foley bag tubing, tray, etc.) even if you wouldn’t in real life. be sure to remove gloves if contaminated before touching something else in room, such as the curtain or bathroom doorknob, or your pen.
    • in planning phase, don’t spend too much time with the kardex or the chart. you will learn so much more directly from the patient and it will save you time. you can always look something up later if needed. you don’t need to know everything about the patient.
    • smile at your ce, they really want you to succeed if you have any business succeeding.
    observations from my cpne

    all patients:
    were very friendly and talkative, which is time consuming.
    intake and output
    spo2


    i was not assigned:
    neuro assessment
    musculoskeletal management
    pain management
    weight
    abdominal girth (although all pcs’s had abdominal assessment!)
    oxygen management
    wound management
    peripheral vascular assessment
    Last edit by EricJRN on Sep 9, '07 : Reason: email removed
  10. by   nurse1717
    What type of information would you like?
    How soon are you testing? At what site? What have you studied so far?
    There are a number of areas to focus on. It would greatly help if you can give some background on what you have done to prepare for the test or at least what area you want more info on...ie, areas of care, care plans, actual test itself, labs, etc. thanks.
  11. by   ropernurse
    Quote from marieylego
    What type of information would you like?
    How soon are you testing? At what site? What have you studied so far?
    There are a number of areas to focus on. It would greatly help if you can give some background on what you have done to prepare for the test or at least what area you want more info on...ie, areas of care, care plans, actual test itself, labs, etc. thanks.
    At this point I would just lke some idea as to what to expect. I just took the last of the nursing tests on Saturday and all my general education is complete. I have no idea what to expect next, and I have written to Excelsior and read on line what they say. I see peole talking about "Grids" and mneumonics and critical points--where do these grids come from? Once you get the study guide does it help you with this sort of thing? Anything at this point would be more than I have. Thanks.

    Monica
  12. by   trilli18
    Anticoagulationurse,
    Could you send me a copy of the files you have preparation of cpne and any others you have. Thanks so much for your help with this and for sending me a copy of the files.
    Thank you all for the info on EC it has really helped me!!!!
    Last edit by EricJRN on Sep 9, '07 : Reason: email removed
  13. by   citalinks
    Thank you so much for all the informations. I will be very happy if you could email me informations on the CPNE, as am about to go and take mind and I will appreciate all the help you can give me.
    Thank you and God bless you.
    citalinks
    Last edit by EricJRN on Sep 9, '07 : Reason: email removed

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