â€‹Posted this in the Emergency Nursing forum, but adding it here as well for more input...
I've been an ER RN for 2 years now in a level 2 trauma facility (approx 40K visits/yr) and recently have made an effort to improve myself through education.
I decided to sit for the CEN and (foolishly) scheduled my exam 3 weeks out from the date I started studying. I should've studied harder than I did, but I went ahead and took the exam anyhow... failed by 3 points!
So, I made the (possibly foolish) decision to attempt the CPEN. I told myself that I was so very close with the CEN despite not studying enough (really hadn't anticipated ~20% of my questions to be OB-related), that I could learn from that experience and sit for the CPEN with a more focused study plan.
Can anyone chime in with suggestions on how to best prepare for the CPEN?
What I'm doing to review:
Working on completing the MedEd CPEN review online. Nice review from nursing school textbooks with very brief exams after each module. Good for CEUs if nothing else.
Listening to Scott DeBoer's CPEN review audiobook "Putting It All Together" while driving to and from work. These questions seem much too easy.
Gradually working my way through the ENA's CPEN review book (which is basically just questions) ( I should add that I used the ENA's CEN review book filled with questions, scored well on all of them, then failed the actual CEN by 3 ... so I'm not sure if this particular book is a great resource other than for reading rationales.)
I'd really appreciate hearing from someone who's taken the CPEN (and possibly the CEN) and hearing what resources/study plan worked best to prepare you for the exam in retrospect.