The Clinical Performance in Nursing Exam (CPNE): what the heck is this madness?!
After writing an overview of EC's ADN program in early 2013, I thought I'd shed some light on the most daunting part of this program: the Clinical Performance in Nursing Exam (CPNE). This is arguably the most challenging part of becoming an RN "the EC way." Often incorrectly billed as a "2.5-day skills check-off," passing the CPNE can be stressful and difficult because it is far more involved than a mere check-off. Often the worst part of the CPNE is the unknown, coupled with the "I heard this" and "I heard that" rumor mill. So here is some legit info on the CPNE, with some opinion thrown in, because hey, I gotta be me.