for the ancc exam i would recommend looking over fitzgerald's terms like "autonomy, beneficence, etc." that she includes in her power point. i had a few questions where knowing the definitions was critical to knowing the answer. for the research, basic knowledge of basic terms is helpful. know specificity and sensitivity... no so much just the definitions but how to apply it to a question/research problem. i kept getting it confused so i found this youtube video that is useful sensitivity specificity: easy epidemiology difference spin snout test - youtube
don't worry so much about every single disease and what antibiotic you need to use to treat that disease; i feel like they assume that in practice you will know how to look things up on your own.
i felt that i had a lot of geriatric questions, mostly safety. i didn't have anything about specific theorists. more general theory questions that you should be able to figure out.
for the most part, read the questions slowly and carefully, read each option, and for the most part you can rule out 2 options immediately. then just think through the other 2. do not second guess yourself or over think the answer you pick. and to study, i would read through the material several times until you think you know it really well and then just do a ton of practice questions. in some ways i feel that studying for the exam wasn't even worth it, that maybe you could pass without studying because some of the questions were so easy to figure out. maybe it depends on where you went to school and how they prepare you; my school has a 100% pass rate. take the day before off too! and relax, you'll be ok
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o study i used the fitzgerald adult review cds, her workbook, the liek book (which i ended up hating because there were too many errors in it, it was difficult to go back and look things up in the book too), and i purchased all of the review questions from adultnpprep.com. i studied really hard and made flash cards of everything. the day before the exam i did nothing and went shopping to relax. the exam was the strangest exam i ever took. i believe fitzgerald prepared me well for the most part. for the cultural material i used my old culture book from school and reviewed alternative therapies. i felt that the test was not difficult and not in depth. the hardest part was sitting still to take the exam. after around question 112 i could feel my heart beating in my eyes... i took a 15 min break just to relax. while taking the exam i focused on each question and did not go back through the questions at the end. also, on my scratch pad i kept a tally of questions i knew, maybe knew, and had no clue. you only have to get 105 questions right out of the 150. i felt this helped me and encouraged me while answering the questions. a lot of the stuff on the exam there is no way to study for and there is stuff you would think to never look over. but many of the questions can be answered without studying at all. i just recommend doing the fitzgerald review, purchasing the adultnpprep.com questions to give you confidence, taking the day off the day before, and relax during the exam."