My son who has been an LVN for the past 22 years applied to the excelsior CPNE program 2 years ago. He first tested for his CPNE clinical at the Mansfield, Ohio location in January 2011. He failed his third and last hour of the examination because his final assessment of his assigned residentwho had a diagnosis of COPD had been on O2 at 6L vis nasal cannula. During the time he was writing his final, dated and timed care plan, and was minutes from passing this gruling test of emotions and nearing the finish line, he was told by the "Masters Degreed Examiner" that he failed the clinincal portion of his test. Asking why, he was told that the respiratory therapist had returned to the room and change the patients O2 level to 5 liters. I find this process to be totally unfair to the testing students, Masters degreed does not make a clincial nurse! I found her response to be horriably unfair to not only my son but the other 5 students who failed that dreadful weekend. Oh yes he was handed an application to reapply for another go round with another additional fee of 2500.00 plus travel costs.
Sorry to say, he took them up on their offer, and another check was sent for $2500.00 plus expenses, but this time the "Mastered Degreed Examiner" failed him the second day with his last remaining task of the weekend, the IV flush infusion. During the task all was going well, he drew up the medication the right way, identified the resident, explained the procedure the patient, flushed the line appropriately, and started to infuse the medication. During the infusion, the "Mastered Degreed Examiner" stated to John that "the pressure he was exerting onto the plunger of the syringe was being held back by his thrumb to prevent him from infusing the medication too quickly.
I am a BSN Nurse who has worked Neuro Intensive care for many years, and even with all my experience, I am unable to calulate a student which I heve provided oversight too during their clinicals, whether they are infusing the medication at a specific pressure. Is/she clarivoient and the best thing about this is she wasn't even wearing a watch to determine the length of the infusion.
Besides the unfair failures of these young people I found Excelsior a CASH COW for those who want to better themselves and the program is set for failure and embarresment. You should be ashamed of yourselves..I just want to know when I and my colleges retire from the nursing profession, are your so called "Mastered Degreed Examiners" going to take our place cleaning bedpans and vomitus, and doing the grunt work, or are they going to continue to failure the potential nursing leaders of the upcoming generations.
After reading all of the comments on this web site I can understand all of the frustrations these people feel. Have you ever consoled a 42 year old man (my son) to say you did your best and your ot a bad nurse.
He has one more opportunity to try to pass the CPNE I have advised him not to retest. Your program is a SCAM and other persons should beware of your superficial employees who work weekends to support their income by slashing hopes and dreams of others.