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Studying for the CNE exam

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by Skips Skips, MSN, RN (Member) Member Nurse

Skips is a MSN, RN and specializes in L&D.

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Hello, all!

I just graduated with my Master's in Nursing Education. (yay!)

I am studying for the CNE exam. I have studied for about a week using Billings & Halstead and the NLN Review Book. I downloaded the CNE study app...but unlocking most of the content is $80. Is it worth it?

I already took the SAE once and I got a 72%, just to see where I am starting from. I suppose that's not horrible, but obviously I want to get better!

Any tips for me? Did anyone else take the SAE without a lot of studying and compared it to when they were ready to take the test? I am curious.

Thank you! 

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elizabeast7 has 7 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN and specializes in TMS, Education, Simulation.

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I am also studying for my CNE (scheduled in Sept) and on the advice of my chair and other faculty have not paid for the full content. I have read Billings and the NLN review and have been doing the daily questions with pocket prep. My chair said that she felt the additional content/SAE would be overkill. 

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Pixie.RN has 18 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.

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I did pay for the full app, but I think there was a sale on at the time. You basically get a lot of practice questions, which I really like. I passed the CNE exam on my first attempt almost a year ago. I think the SAE helped get me in the groove as well, I did that a week prior. 

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ProfessorD has 8 years experience.

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Congrats!!! I passed the CNE on the first attempt in October 2017. I think that Billings & Halstead was the best resource along with the SAE. The SAEs questions were structured like the actual exam itself. I also used the CNE study app and answered all of the questions and reviewed the rationales. I think that the more questions you answer the better. 

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