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School of Nursing: CPNE®

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Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination (CPNE®)

The Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination (CPNE) is a skill-based assessment designed to measure a student's ability to demonstrate the expected behaviors and skills of a beginning-level associate-prepared nurse. The exam evaluates a student's application of the nursing process and nursing-practice technical components in the care of adults and children who are experiencing potential, actual, and/or recurring health problems requiring maintenance and restorative interventions. Critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, use of knowledge from nursing and related disciplines, effectiveness of interventions, and standards of care are measured in this exam.

The CPNE provides:

  • 1:1 evaluation by a master's or doctorly prepared clinical examiner who was trained to administer the examination
  • Actual or simulated clinical situations that serve as the basis for the examination
  • A carefully controlled and monitored examination experience that ensures a fair and objective assessment of your knowledge and skill

Required for: All students enrolled in the Excelsior College associate degree in nursing program.

The Planning Phase

The Implementation Phase

Clinical Decision Making (CDM)

Overriding Areas of Care

  • Asepsis
  • Caring
  • Emotional Jeopardy
  • Physical Jeopardy

Required Areas of Care

  • Fluid Management
  • Mobility
  • Vital Signs

Selected Areas of Care

  • Abdominal Assessment
  • Comfort Management
  • Drainage and Specimen Collection
  • Enteral Feeding
  • Irrigation/Instillation
  • Medications
  • Musculoskeletal Management
  • Neurological Assessment
  • Oxygen Management
  • Pain Management
  • Patient Teaching
  • Peripheral Neurovascular Assessment
  • Respiratory Assessment
  • Respiratory Management
  • Skin Assessment
  • Wound Management

Skills Laboratories

  • Wound Management
  • Intravenous Medications
  • Injectable Medications: IV Push
  • Injectable Medications: IM/SubQ


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