CPNE or Clinical Performance in Nursing Exam overview

CPNE or Clinical Performance in Nursing Exam overview

Lets define some abbreviations first!

CPNE – Clinical Performance in Nursing Exam.
CAs- Clinical Associates. Oversees the students and clinical examiner (CE). In charge of the testing.
CEs – Clinical Examiners. Oversees the students. Under the CA.
PCS – Patient Care Scenarios. The scenarios you will be performing with actual patients.
NPAC – Northern Performance Assessment Center consists of test sites in New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.
SPAC – Southern Performance Assessment Center consists of test sites located in Georgia

What is CPNE anyway?

CPNE or clinical performance in nursing exam (CPNE). It is the flagship exam of Excelsior College’s Associate degree in nursing program. It is the most dreaded test of the program. Excelsior College has no clinical rotations during their nursing program. This is the final and last test that one must take and pass in order to graduate from excelsior college and sit for the NCLEX exam.

How much it costs?

Clinical performance in nursing exam, CPNE is expensive. It costs about two thousand dollars, $2000.00.That is no spare change. You have three attempts to be successful.

Where to take the test?

There are two test centers you can take the test from, NPAC or SPAC.

Northern Performance Assessment Center includes:

  • Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany, NY
    Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg, PA
    Covenant Health Systems – Lakeside Campus, Lubbock, TX
    Faxton-St. Lukes Healthcare, New Hartford (Utica), NY
    New York Hospital Queens (NYQ), Flushing, NY
    Meriter Hospital, Madison, WI
    St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison, WI
    St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, NY
    Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse, NY
  • SPAC or Southern Performance Assessment Center includes

  • Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, GA
    Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, GA
    Southern Regional Medical Center, Riverdale, GA
    Northside Hospital – Atlanta / Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Scottish Rite, Atlanta, GA
  • How long is the test?

    It is about 2.5 -3 days in the weekend starting on a Friday evening, then Saturday and Sunday.

    What does Friday or Day 1 consists of?
    Day 1 usually occurs on a Friday evening. Here, you will have your lab tests in a hospital you choose to attend. It consists of 4 lab stations. No live patients on this day. Each station has a specific timed goal or task for you to complete. In each timed lab station, you could be performing calculation and administration of IM or SQ injection, calculation and performing an IV push, calculation and performing IV piggyback, calculating and setting a gravity drip, and performing wound dressing.

    What does day two or Saturday test consists of?
    Day two, Saturday, of the CPNE, consists of retaking your failed lab station and be given a maximum of two PCSs. It could be two adults, or one adult and one pediatric patient.

    What does day 3 or Sunday consists of?
    Day three, Sunday, usually half a day depending on whether you have to repeat a PCS or not. You will be given a maximum of 3 PCSs to perform, two adults PCSs and one ped PCS.

    In order to conquer this beast, you have to pass the lab stations, pass two adult PCSs and one pediatric PCS.

    An ideal scenario is on Friday, pass all the timed labs. On Saturday, pass all the PCSs (two adult or one adult and one pediatric). On Sunday, you need to pass only one more PCS, adult or pediatric depending on which you were given the Saturday (one adult and pediatric, or two adults).

    You can still become victorious if you failed your two PCSs on Saturday by passing three PCSs on Sunday, (two adults and one pediatric)

    Good luck to anyone who will undertake this exam!!! Kudos to you all!!!!

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    Legionnaire’s Disease

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    Legionnaire’s Disease

    Legionnaire’s disease has resurfaced last month, July 2015 in the South Bronx of New York City. It is a type of pneumonia. It is caused by a bacterium called Legionella. Its first outbreak was during the American Legion convention in 1976 where participants contracted the disease, thus the name Legionnaire’s disease.

    Legionella usually grows in warm water. It has been known to dwell in in cooling towers and water tank. Cooling water is a reservoir of water used by buildings for their heating and ventilation systems. Thus building piping system, centralized air conditioning and heating system are conduit for transmission.

    Legionnaire’s disease is transmitted via aerosol, mists or water droplets. For instance, it can be contracted through inhalation of droplets from centralized heating and cooling systems and faucets. It is not transmitted from person to person.

    Groups who have reduced immune systems such as the elderly, hospitalized patients, cigarette smokers, those who are taking immunosuppressive drugs and with chronic lung disease are at higher susceptibility to contract Legionnaire’s disease.

    Legionnaire’s disease symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, headaches, fatigue, confusion, diarrhea and decreased appetite. The bacteria’s incubation period is 2 to 14 days. Thus, symptoms usually occur during this period.  It is advisable to contact a doctor if one or more of the above symptoms are present.

    Legionnaire’s disease is usually treated similar to someone with pneumonia by the administration of antibiotic. Most who contracts this disease gets better with prompt treatment and usually hospitalized. However, in rear cases people may get very sick and succumb to Legionnaire’s disease due to complications.

    Tests for Legionnaire’s disease include the collection and testing of urine for the test antigen assay, blood and culture of respiratory secretions. Also, radiograph or x-ray is used to identify the bacteria. It is essential that sterile extraction of culture is maintained. Also, since Legionella is commonly present in the environment, environmental isolates which is obtained using monoclonal antibody and molecular techniques are necessary to interpret the results.

    Legionnaire’s disease is usually treated similar to someone with pneumonia by the administration of antibiotic. Most who contracts this disease gets better with prompt treatment and usually hospitalized. However, in rear cases people may get very sick and succumb to Legionnaire’s disease due to complications.

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    Basic Nursing Course

    Each nursing school has their own class requirements in order to graduate from their nursing program. For instance some institution requires their students to take organic chemistry while others do not. Some schools require their student to take pathophysiology while others schools is not required.

    However, there are basic nursing courses that you need in nursing school. We will go over each of this basic nursing course.

    The first basic nursing course is the introduction to expository writing composition, or English 101. In this course you will learn to write coherent essays in various academic formats in response to diverse materials. Through reading and listening, you will learn critical and analytical skills. In addition, you will learn how to formulate theses, research and identify sources as well as evaluate and document it. In addition, you will learn various technologies such as the use of computers and how to perform research in the library.

    The second basic nursing course is general psychology. This class exposes you to the major fields and theories of psychology. It covers theories on biological foundations, learning, cognition, emotion, perception, theories of personality, psychological disorders and treatment.

    The third basic nursing course is the mathematics of medical dosages. This course will aid you in applying basic mathematical concepts for nurses. You will learn various techniques of calculations. You will learn metric conversions, household and apothecary systems of measurements, computation methods for the preparation of oral medications, solutions, parenteral therapy and pediatric dosages.

    The fourth basic nursing course is foundations of chemistry. This class includes a laboratory. This course presents essential facts, laws, and theories of general chemistry. It includes measurement and significant figures, atomic structure, elements and compounds, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solutions, acid and bases, nuclear radiation, and classification of simple organic compounds according to functional groups. The laboratory component is designed to illustrate the fundamental laws and techniques of general chemistory.

    The fifth basic nursing course is human anatomy and physiology. This class is usually integrated with laboratory class for two semesters. Depending on the institution you are in, this class is divided jnto anatomy 1 and anatomy 2. In anatomy 1, examines the relationships between structure and function of organs and organ systems. In the lab, experimental activities, microscopy and gross anatomy are performed. Dissection and the use of clay modeling is used to study select organ systems. Lecture class includes the study of the systems, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic and immune systems.

    The sixth basic nursing course is general microbiology. It usually consists of lecture and lab classes. This class usually offers an introduction to microorganisms found in  nature, industry, and disease. Students are introduced to virology, bacteriology, immunology, epidemiology and pathology. The lab part deals with isolation and identification of common pathogenic and nonpathogenic organisms utilizing techniques of staining, culturing, fermentation reactions and microscopic inspection.

     

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    Telemedicine/Telehealth Definition

    The term “telehealth” means delivering health care services by means of information and communications technologies consisting of telephones, remote patient monitoring devices or other electronic means which facilitate the assessment, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, education, care management and self-management of a patient’s health care while such patient is at the originating site and the health care provider is at a distant site.

    The term “telemedicine” means the delivery of clinical health care services by means of real time two-way electronic audio visual communications, including the application of secure video conferencing or store and forward technology to provide or support healthcare delivery, which facilitate the assessment, diagnosis, consultation, delivery, which facilitate the assessment, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, education, care management and self-management of a patient’s’ health care while such patient is at the originating site and the health provider is at a distant site.

    Telemedicine is not a separate medical specialty. Products and services related to telemedicine are often part of a larger investment by health care institutions in either information technology or the delivery of clinical care. Even in the reimbursement fee structure, there is usually no distinction made between services provided on site and those provided through telemedicine and often no separate coding required for billing of remote services. The American Telehealth Association (ATA) has historically considered telemedicine and telehealth to be interchangeable terms, encompassing a wide definition of remote healthcare. Patient consultations via video conferencing, transmission of still images, e-health including patient portals, remote monitoring of vital signs, continuing medical education, consumer-focused wireless applications and nursing call centers, among other applications, are all considered part of telemedicine and telehealth.

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