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Ready For The CPNE

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by Medic6940 Medic6940 (New Member) New Member

Medic6940 has 10 years experience .

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So at long last, I've passed both of EC's FCCA's. I took them separately because I really didn't have the time to dedicate to both consecutively. They certainly were NOT easy, but the sense of accomplishment is definitely welcomed. Now...the real game begins.

I qualify for the CPNE. After reading about it, I'm a bit demoralized. Not only is it a one year wait, but it costs almost $2,300 plus travel and lodging. Ouch. Major ouch. I do live on Long Island, though, so traveling to Albany or Orange Regional shouldn't be that hard. But I can't help but feel that I'm simply not ready for this. I've been a paramedic for 10 years and changing mental gears from medic to nurse for a hands-on exam is not an easy task because I'm conditioned to act independently for my patients without being told and without pause. My mind is racing over how hard this is going to be and I don't know what to think. Is it really as bad as people say?

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NurseEffort has 5 years experience.

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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. 👍

25 minutes ago, Medic6940 said:

So at long last, I've passed both of EC's FCCA's. I took them separately because I really didn't have the time to dedicate to both consecutively. They certainly were NOT easy, but the sense of accomplishment is definitely welcomed. Now...the real game begins.

I qualify for the CPNE. After reading about it, I'm a bit demoralized. Not only is it a one year wait, but it costs almost $2,300 plus travel and lodging. Ouch. Major ouch. I do live on Long Island, though, so traveling to Albany or Orange Regional shouldn't be that hard. But I can't help but feel that I'm simply not ready for this. I've been a paramedic for 10 years and changing mental gears from medic to nurse for a hands-on exam is not an easy task because I'm conditioned to act independently for my patients without being told and without pause. My mind is racing over how hard this is going to be and I don't know what to think. Is it really as bad as people say?

 

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mandykal has 16+ years experience and works as a Nurse.

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Medic6940, 

 

Follow CPNE Slayers, a group on Facebook of many students who are currently in your position. its worth it.

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