As important medical professionals, Practical Nurses in Canada need to sit a qualifying exam in order to demonstrate that their education has provided them with the knowledge and competencies they will need to succeed on the job.
When you attend Discovery Community College to study to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), you will receive excellent preparation for this exam. In addition, with some foresight and the right strategies, there are many ways that you can work to become even better prepared for the exam in between classes.
Keep reading to learn how you can maximize your chances of earning top results on the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).
Budget For Your Exam
The CPNRE exam is usually on-top of your program costs, so you will want to ask your school approximately how much the exam may cost. Depending on where you are attending school, you may have to travel and get accommodations for an overnight stay in order to write the exam. Because you have to schedule your exam after your transcripts have been sent for approval, you will have more than enough time to do this, but it’s always best practice to budget, plan for, and prepare for this additional cost.
Review the Exam Guidelines Prior to Your Practical Nurse Training
One of the best things you can do to ensure that you are on track for exam success is to review the CPNRE guidelines before starting your classes at practical nursing school. This can help you make note of concepts and skills that are particularly important as you learn them, making it easier for you to know what to review more as your revise for the exam at the end of your program.
Additionally, because the exam is meant to assess the skills you need to succeed as an LPN, getting an early sense of what the exam covers will help you better understand the professional role that you will be training for, which can benefit your studies.
Reach Out To Practical Nursing School Instructors for Advice and Guidance
Another important thing to remember as you begin to prepare for the CPNRE is that your instructors are an incredibly valuable resource. At Discovery Community College, for example, all of your classes are led by experienced healthcare professionals, many of whom have sat the exam or a similar qualifying assessment earlier in their careers.
If you are concerned about your ability to succeed on the exam, or want advice on how to improve your potential score, communicating these questions to your practical nurse training instructors is a crucial step. They have ample experience guiding students to successful completion of the CPNRE, and are more than equipped to help you meet your goals.
Remember That the Exam Assesses Comprehensive Competencies
As you prepare for the exam, it is important for you to remember that it assesses your competency in terms of a real, hands-on job. This means questions will not only be textbook, theoretical challenges – you will also need to be able to demonstrate that you understand the basics of how LPNs should conduct themselves on the job.
During your practicum experiences, keep the exam in mind and make sure you are making every effort to learn about the day-to-day work of Practical Nurses. This applied, first-hand knowledge will give you a more well-rounded perspective on the material you will have studied in the classroom up to that point, which will translate into stronger understanding of an LPN’s responsibilities. With this in mind, you will be in a better position to sit the CPNRE confidently, and to achieve the best results possible.
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