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April 20, 2001

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CPNE for BSN Students

About the CPNE
Educational Requirements
Skills Needed
Clinical Sites

About the CPNE (Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination)
The CPNE tests the application of the nursing process and the technical component of practice in the care of adults and children in the acute care setting.
Patients in this setting are experiencing potential actual, and/or recurring health problems requiring maintenance and restorative interventions. The examination is organized around three phases of the nursing process: planning, implementation, and evaluation. The planning phase subsumes assessment and analysis of information necessary for diagnosis. Interventions bases on sound assessments and diagnoses of patients' responses to their health problems are designed to maintain, restore, alleviate, and rehabilitate and are then evaluated for effectiveness.
Critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, use of knowledge from nursing and relate disciplines, and standards of care are measured in critical elements of this examination.

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Educational Requirements
Must be enrolled in the Excelsior College (formerly Regents College) BSN program.
Must have completed the written nursing examinations in Health Restoration I and Health Restoration II.

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Skills Needed
Lab Skills
IM, SC Injections & IVP/Bolus medications
Sterile Dressing Change
IV PB Drip rate

Overriding Areas of Care
Emotional Endangerment
Physical Endangerment

Selected Areas of Care
Abdominal Assessment
Comfort Management
Drainage Collection & Specimen Analysis
Enteral Feeding
General Survey
Musculoskeletal Management
Neurological Assessment
Oxygen Management
Pain Management
Patient Teaching
Peripheral Vascular Assessment
Personal Cleanliness
Respiratory Assessment
Respiratory Management
Wound & Skin Management

Required Areas of Care & Overriding Areas of Care are to be Implemented in each PCS. In addition to these areas you will be assigned 3 selected areas of care for each PCS.

You will be expected to pass 2 adult PCS's and 1 pediatric PCS.

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Clinical Sites
Phoenix, AZ
Long Beach, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Diego, CA
Atlanta, GA
Lawrenceville, GA
Columbus, OH
Albany, NY
Schenectady, NY
Syracuse, NY
Dallas, TX
Madison, WI
Racine, WI
Milwaukee, WI

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Must be in enrolled in Excelsior College.
Request the application for the CPNE from Excelsior College, complete it and turn it in.
Due to the large number of students in the program, the waiting period for clinicals will fluctuate.

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