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  1. NurseEffort

    Ready For The CPNE

    Yes! It is hard. Believe it. BUT, it is doable. Excelsior will provide you with videos and town hall meetings of what they expect of you for your Medication Lab checkoffs on Friday and then the next two days with direct patient care (20 minute checks, AOCs, etc.) Remember your patient safety (including clean hands and identifying patient with each interaction). Practice those videos regularly and ask questions while you wait. Then you will pass. You got this.
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    It's An NCLEX Pass! 2018

    Thanks so much.í ½í¸Š
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    It's An NCLEX Pass! 2018

    WELP. I finally have this portion of examination process behind me. It has been a loooong journey. NCLEX was brutal. I had so many SATA questions I thought I would die. When the screen asked if I wanted a break I RAN out of that room! I regrouped. I breathed. I talked to myself. I prayed. Then I went back in. And I felt rejuvenated. So I took some deep breaths, stared at the wall, clicked back on the screen and I proceeded to finish. When that screen shut off I was almost in tears. Not of joy, but of uncertainty. I had so many mixed emotions. All of the questions were confusing and even the simplest stuff made no sense! When I walked out of that testing center I headed straight to the wine store! I was like.....Chardonnay aisle please. So you already knew how my evening went. I had to wait an ENTIRE 48 hours just to pay a few bucks to give me the un-official Pearson Vue results. But when I saw that PASSED on the screen....I screamed in delight!! So many things have taken place on this nursing school journey. Excelsior is not easy. Please know that. But neither is the NCLEX. So I'm just glad this part is done. I am going to officially take nap for a WHOLE entire week. I'm serious. I have no money to celebrate anyway. (LoL!)
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    NCLEX Exam November 2018

    Thank you so much. I won't know until tomorrow when I buy the quick results. Ughh the wait is brutal!í ½í¸£
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    NCLEX Exam November 2018

    Well I conquered the CPNE Beast and now I am awaiting the results for my NCLEX that I took yesterday. It was brutal in my opinion. I got "the good pop-up" but I am still shaking in my boots. Anyone else take the NCLEX recently and do the Pearson Vue trick?
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    Passed CPNE 2018!

    Thanks✊
  7. NurseEffort

    Passed CPNE 2018!

    Thank You :)
  8. NurseEffort

    Passed CPNE 2018!

    I suppose if a workshop makes you feel more comfortable with the content then go for it. I didn't have the time/money. But I can honestly say that I wish I had had someone to work along side while I practiced my AOC's. Not only was I lonely, I also had no one to critique my mistakes. So I broke down every hand movement and drilled those critical elements in my head. Those critical elements are the key!!! So if you watch EC's videos and listen to their webinars, then you can't lose. Other students are asking the very questions you are concerned about. PLUS you can join the classroom.
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    Passed CPNE 2018!

    I tested in Wisconsin. The Hospital was very beautiful. And the staff was super kind. CA, CE's all simply amazing. But that is not why you are there! Your test is to demonstrate your skills and competence. Day 1:Labs Passed both with no repeats. Even if the building is falling apart, do not get distracted! Most students fail on simple stuff like not identifying your dummy, the C.E., etc. They let you look at everything prior to testing. If you practiced ur butt off you know what to look for (IM/sub-q stuff, dummies, sterile supplies, oral meds, bla bla bla) So when you begin you can stay organized when you work. The stress is REAL! I practiced that MED administration lab in my sleep. It's tricky so study up on an SBAR. I had oral, IM, and IV drops for testing. My drops calculation was 8 ggts/min. Are u kidding me! For Sterile Technique I got PICC line dsg change. EC gives you the absolute way to do it. Just do not contaminate sterile field!! PCS were adult, child, adult. You must have a relevant care plan before you even get to meet them. So after you get the go on that, everything else is mnemonics and safe care. Mnemonics help u stay on track. That's all. My child patient did not cooperate at all so I had to come up with clever ways to get my care plan established with him. But it worked! Adults went smooth.--Oh and the 20 min check is essentially a full body quick assessment from head to toe and taking note of fluid and oxygen status (in a nut shell)
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    Passed CPNE 2018!

    I suppose if a workshop makes you feel more comfortable with the content then go for it. I didn't have the time/money. But I can honestly say that I wish I had had someone to work along side while I practiced my AOC's. Not only was I lonely, I also had no one to critique my mistakes. So I broke down every hand movement and drilled those critical elements in my head. Those critical elements are the key!!! So if you watch EC's videos and listen to their webinars, then you can't lose. Other students are asking the very questions you are concerned about. PLUS you can join the classroom.
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    Passed CPNE 2018!

    Thanks!
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    Passed CPNE 2018!

    Well, after quite some time, I passed my CPNE!! Yes, it was difficult just as everyone else has already said. But I have to say that the College really does provide you with videos and audio content of what they are expecting of you. Hence, ALL of your critical elements! So what took me so long? I had to take a HUGE pause in life. My mother went through a terrible battle with cancer and subsequent treatment. And my life was literally put on hold. So for that reason I can say that the Excelsior program "worked for me". Had I been in a traditional program I would have had to withdraw due to my circumstances. So I figured a very important thing out about how this college is set up for any who want to apply: If you have the time and resources to go straight through your local nursing bridge program, then do it. But if you have a lot of responsibilities that have to be dealt with and you need more than a year to handle everything accordingly while attending school...then EC will work just fine for you.
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    22nd Edition CPNE

    No more hard copy in the mail. Its a PDF file and about 108 pages. But its not "easier" in my opinion. But thanks for the response.
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    22nd Edition CPNE

    Welp... Just when I had begun studying for the 21st edition study guide it was changed in the fall. I swear there must be a gray cloud that follows me around. I was trying to get a date sooner but I could not get a cancellation date. Now I see why! So now I'm looking at the new 22nd edition CPNE and I am literally shaking in my boots. True, I have been nursing for 4 years but, yikes! It's a lot more stuff that has been added to this 22nd edition in my opinion. I could go on whining about it for hours but I was just wondering if anyone else is preparing to take the CPNE for 2017 soon. If so, do you find it a better format? (not trying to discuss testing material)
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    Study Guide Blues

    Thanks a million.
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