School of Nursing: CPNE®
What you need to know about the
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 skills 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 doctorally 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.
Essential Competency Professional Behaviors
Nursing Simulation Laboratory (NSL)
- Application of Sterile Technique for Common Procedures
- Medication Administration NSL Station
Patient Care Scenarios (PCS)
Overriding Areas of Competency (AOC)
- Plan of Care
- Safe Patient Care
- Abdominal assessment
- Comfort management
- Fluid management
- Musculoskeletal management
- Neurological assessment
- Oxygen management
- Peripheral neurovascular management
- Respiratory management
- Skin management
- Vital signs
- Wound Management
- Wound Management
- Intravenous Medications
- Injectable Medications: IV Push
- Injectable Medications: IM/SubQ
The Planning Phase
The Implementation Phase
Clinical Decision Making (CDM)
Overriding Areas of Care
- Emotional Jeopardy
- Physical Jeopardy
Required Areas of Care
- Fluid Management
- Vital Signs
Selected Areas of Care
- Abdominal Assessment
- Comfort Management
- Drainage and Specimen Collection
- Enteral Feeding
- Musculoskeletal Management
- Neurological Assessment
- Oxygen Management
- Pain Management
- Patient Teaching
- Peripheral Neurovascular Assessment
- Respiratory Assessment
- Respiratory Management
- Skin Assessment
- Wound Management
The Evaluation Phase
Test Preparation Advisory
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