The clinical test is based on multiple books at 3,821 pages!

When I lost my sports facility business it was because of paperwork. Not the special deed of trust that was signed, but the REAL paperwork behind that one page document. Legally, when you get a very small amount of paperwork, there is USUALLY some fine print behind it that makes or breaks you and that’s what is happening to YOU for you clinical test…

You see, *Excelsior did a very smart thing because they knew that people were using their materials as a reference and if there was sufficient documentation then the student would get a pass (or at least a re-test).

*Excelsior College is a registered trademark of Excelsior College. Robbie Wolff is not licensed, affiliated or associated with, or endorsed by, Excelsior College.

Now however, they give you a VERY CONDENSED VERSION OF THEIR MATERIALS and what they didn’t tell you is that they are referencing the fundamentals of nursing books for A LOT of their new material.

We know this because a RobsREVIEW tribe member asked a faculty member why there was no specific information on exactly HOW to do an intermittent catheterization for the lab station in their materials OR the referenced fundamentals of nursing book  like the one below:

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The response went something along the lines of:

“We are not solely referencing one fundamentals book. We are also referencing fundamentals of nursing textbooks that have been cited throughout your entire nursing program with us. Please reference those books for guidance.”

Two words: That Sucks….This means you have to look through ALL of these books for answers to your questions:

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books like these…1,000+ pages EACH

But don’t lose hope yet, young jedi…every problem has a solution. In the old days they would give you material to reference that was very vast in the amount of information but incomplete.

Questions came up like,

  • “Do we need sterile gloves for this procedure?”
  • “Should we use a gown here?”
  • “When do we assess the fontanelle?”

Now however, they are pretty much giving up and saying, “Use the fundamentals book to determine what to do.”

Here’s where things get a little tricky….

If you are going to perform trachea suctioning for example, the information put out KINDA tells you how to do it, and says what you need. One thing it DOESN’T mention is that you should wear a gown and a face shield when performing suctioning, (page 1342, #3 in BASIC NURSING by Treas & Wilkinson).

  • Will it result in a failure if you DON’T put on a gown and face mask when performing suctioning?
  • I’m not 100% sure, as it is not SPECIFICALLY written anywhere in their study material or videos BUT if I was a betting man, I would say SOMEONE will fail for NOT wearing this equipment (and all the examiner has to do to justify your failure is to reference page 1342 #3 in the Treas & Wilkinson BASIC NURSING BOOK.)

So… there needs to be mnemonics that zipper in ALL the critical elements from the book AND from the fundamentals books to make SURE they don’t fail you.

Here’s the great news – I already did it.

I took ALL the information from the fundamentals of nursing books that are referenced by them and ALL of their materials and put them together in a perfect marriage of what you have to DO and what you have to DOCUMENT so there is NO WAY you can fail.

I did the hard work so all you have to do is follow the map to success.

I also put everything together in a Step 1, Step 2, Step 3 format so there’s no more guessing of what you should be doing day by day, week by week and month by month.

If you like structure then RobsREVIEW might help you out. My suggestion is to look around and see what kind of teaching style works best for YOU and then decide.

I hope that helped. Let me know what you think!


P.S. One thing DOES concern me and that is if a student fails, what will they have to reference to dispute their failure?

My advice is to FIGHT like hell if an examiner fails you because it’s a LOT easier to argue the fail decision at the time it happened then to wait MONTHS later and leave it up in the hands of the *Excelsior CPNE appeals committee that doesn’t know all the information of what EXACTLY happened at the time it happened!

*CPNE and Excelsior College are registered trademarks of Excelsior College. Robbie Wolff is not licensed, affiliated or associated with, or endorsed by, Excelsior College.