Failed the AANP and ANCC - page 15

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Hello everyone So I took the AANP in March 2011 after taking the Fitz course, and failed (personally I didn't think I was ready), but I thought I would try. Then I purchased the Barkley Assoc CD and Home Course and studied... Read More


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    Whitecloud,
    I took both exams twice. I passed AANP second time. I have posted a lot of information on this thread about study materials. I would be glad to answer any of your questions but please make sure you have read my previous post on this thread so that I am not repeated the same information. Please feel free to ask me questions.
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    So I took the AANP and failed. I haven't gotten my final results in the mail yet but I'm torn as to what exam to take next. Should I do AANP again or the ANCC? I already have an awesome job waiting for me. I felt like I knew a lot of be material but test anxiety got me and then I started freaking out. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks
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    Hello Everyone!
    Im taking the AANP exam. Ive taken the Fitz live course but see from reading all the posts that the Hollier review is highly recommended. Also, which Hollier Review book is everyone suggesting? Is it a textbook, the workbook that comes with the lectures, OR the book of only review questions?
    Im open to any/everyones responses please!
    Thanks
    Mel
    Last edit by sirI on Jan 28, '13
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    ale022,
    The best advice that I can give is if you can afford it take the NPreview webinar by Maria Leiks. I understand just how you feel. If you can not afford to take the webinar try to review some of the content you saw on the test. You may see that material again. I wish you the best!
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    Quote from UCgrad12
    Hello Everyone!
    Im taking the AANP exam. Ive taken the Fitz live course but see from reading all the posts that the Hollier review is highly recommended. Also, which Hollier Review book is everyone suggesting? Is it a textbook, the workbook that comes with the lectures, OR the book of only review questions?
    Im open to any/everyones responses please!
    Thanks
    Mel
    I went to a Hollier class- I think it was a good class- I reviewed what she went over and it was helpful. I do feel she only touched on Derm- that might be something to look over-
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    Hi ale022!
    Thanks so much for the response. I really do not at all feel prepared for this exam, Im already anticipating having to take it more than once, especially after reading all the posts on here. But I am wanting to make sure I have studied from all the recommended reviews mentioned in these posts (gonna be pricey but I hope its all worth it in the end). I did Fitz live course and I have the Leik textbook but I'll look into her webinar.
    thanks again ale
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    Ucgrad-I felt the same way goin into it. I had a bad feeling. There was 2 questions in the beginning that I did NOT know and that freaked me out. I got all panicky and it was all down hill from there. Good luck! Next time I will not let the nerves gets me
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    Hi all. I just thought I share this to those who may need suggestions to passing the AANP FNP exam. I passed my FNP AANP board on Feb 2. This was my second time taking the test. The first time was a hot mess. I flunk the first three questions and it just went down from there. My study skills were ineffective and I had too many personal things going in my life during that time. I studied from both Fitzgerald and Barkley, but were too focused on practice questions from Leik (probably was my biggest mistake). I kept failing these questions and contradicted myself w/ my studying materials.

    My suggestion to those who are going to take this exam is to really understand the main concepts in depth. The second time I took the test, I knew what to focus on my study. Remember you are not going to manage DKA, MI, and Stroke unless you are an ACNP. So you don't know need to know much in depth about those things, but just recognize that it is an urgent matter and need to refer out. After two months of reviewing contents, I decided to lock myself in my room and go to the public library everyday (I am single and unemployed). No Facebook and computer.

    It's true assessment is key to passing this test. At least it was for me. When I got my scores back the first time, assessment was my biggest weakness. I looked up any assessment that I didn't know in the second time studying such as Lachman test, Apley, and Romberg. If you don't recognize something, don't pick it as answer.

    Finally anxiety... another reason why I failed the first time. I didn't sleep well the night before. I almost vomit getting out of the train station before taking my test. During the second time, I knew I was ready. I had confidence and slept okay the night before (had to take Ativan 3 nights before the test).

    Know your contents. You know you are ready when you can recall all the main concepts on the top of your head. For example if someone asked you about "cauda equina". You'll know the diagnosis w/ the info they give you in the stem of the question, but what will you do. Order an x-ray? Refer to ED? NSAIDS? Reassurance?
    FYI some of the questions came up twice.

    So to sum it all up:
    1. Study contents, not practice questions. Take notes. Once you have a generalize review of the materials, focus on 3 body systems per day. Keep going over these each day and add on 3 more until you have mastered everything. Go back to your health assessment book and look things up you don't recall learning from school.
    2. Isolation from the world for a while
    3. Get all of the personal problems out of the way while you are studying (breaking up w/ bf, jobless, moving, family issues--- this was all me)
    4. Make flash cards. I made nearly 400.
    5. Eat well, sleep well, consistent life schedule.
    6. Pray if you believe in God. I started going to church again on Sundays after many years.
    7. When all of these is done, organize it in a pile. Take a picture to save the moment and get ready for the burning man ceremony in your fireplace.


    As to what materials to use for studying. I studied both Fitzgerald and Barkley. I find that Fitzgerald is too details, but she does cover some information on back pain like cauda equine, orbital cellulitis, and giant cell arteritis that Barkley didn't go over. Honestly, she's quite obsessed w/ microbiology and P450 inhibitor, which I didn't think you really need to know for the test. However, it's good to know for personal knowledge when prescribing antibiotics. Barkley breaks down each disease process in steps, much easier to absorb. I reviewed Fitzgerald book once, but used my Barkley's workbook to go over my contents each day. I also listened to both lectures on CDs, but even that was too much to absorb. Don't just rely on these CDs, I thought I was an auditory learner, boy was I wrong the first time I took the test. I Hope this helps. God bless.

    It's been almost 3 weeks since I passed. I am now looking for NP jobs in the bay area, but it's so saturated here. I may have to move to follow my dream. You can do this friend! Just believe in yourself. Take a break and breathe during the exam. By question 75, I was exhausted, but remember why I am doing this, I work hard to get to where I am, and I must not give up. I went to the restroom 3x. When the test was over and the screen popped up "Passed", I nearly scream in the exam room.

    If you don't pass, you can do your 15ce credits for free from AANP https://cecenter.aanp.org/Program?area=All It saved me money to take the AANP again. It also gets easier the second time, maybe because I was prepared this time
    Last edit by takotsubo82 on Feb 21, '13
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    Quote from takotsubo82
    Hi all. I just thought I share this to those who may need suggestions to passing the AANP FNP exam. I passed my FNP AANP board on Feb 2. This was my second time taking the test. The first time was a hot mess. I flunk the first three questions and it just went down from there. My study skills were ineffective and I had too many personal things going in my life during that time. I studied from both Fitzgerald and Barkley, but were too focused on practice questions from Leik (probably was my biggest mistake). I kept failing these questions and contradicted myself w/ my studying materials.

    My suggestion to those who are going to take this exam is to really understand the main concepts in depth. The second time I took the test, I knew what to focus on my study. Remember you are not going to manage DKA, MI, and Stroke unless you are an ACNP. So you don't know need to know much in depth about those things, but just recognize that it is an urgent matter and need to refer out. After two months of reviewing contents, I decided to lock myself in my room and go to the public library everyday (I am single and unemployed). No Facebook and computer.

    It's true assessment is key to passing this test. At least it was for me. When I got my scores back the first time, assessment was my biggest weakness. I looked up any assessment that I didn't know in the second time studying such as Lachman test, Apley, and Romberg. If you don't recognize something, don't pick it as answer.

    Finally anxiety... another reason why I failed the first time. I didn't sleep well the night before. I almost vomit getting out of the train station before taking my test. During the second time, I knew I was ready. I had confidence and slept okay the night before (had to take Ativan 3 nights before the test).

    Know your contents. You know you are ready when you can recall all the main concepts on the top of your head. For example if someone asked you about "cauda equina". You'll know the diagnosis w/ the info they give you in the stem of the question, but what will you do. Order an x-ray? Refer to ED? NSAIDS? Reassurance?
    FYI some of the questions came up twice.

    So to sum it all up:
    1. Study contents, not practice questions. Take notes. Once you have a generalize review of the materials, focus on 3 body systems per day. Keep going over these each day and add on 3 more until you have mastered everything. Go back to your health assessment book and look things up you don't recall learning from school.
    2. Isolation from the world for a while
    3. Get all of the personal problems out of the way while you are studying (breaking up w/ bf, jobless, moving, family issues--- this was all me)
    4. Make flash cards. I made nearly 400.
    5. Eat well, sleep well, consistent life schedule.
    6. Pray if you believe in God. I started going to church again on Sundays after many years.
    7. When all of these is done, organize it in a pile. Take a picture to save the moment and get ready for the burning man ceremony in your fireplace.

    As to what materials to use for studying. I studied both Fitzgerald and Barkley. I find that Fitzgerald is too details, but she does cover some information on back pain like cauda equine, orbital cellulitis, and giant cell arteritis that Barkley didn't go over. Honestly, she's quite obsessed w/ microbiology and P450 inhibitor, which I didn't think you really need to know for the test. However, it's good to know for personal knowledge when prescribing antibiotics. Barkley breaks down each disease process in steps, much easier to absorb. I reviewed Fitzgerald book once, but used my Barkley's workbook to go over my contents each day. I also listened to both lectures on CDs, but even that was too much to absorb. Don't just rely on these CDs, I thought I was an auditory learner, boy was I wrong the first time I took the test. I Hope this helps. God bless.

    It's been almost 3 weeks since I passed. I am now looking for NP jobs in the bay area, but it's so saturated here. I may have to move to follow my dream. You can do this friend! Just believe in yourself. Take a break and breathe during the exam. By question 75, I was exhausted, but remember why I am doing this, I work hard to get to where I am, and I must not give up. I went to the restroom 3x. When the test was over and the screen popped up "Passed", I nearly scream in the exam room.

    If you don't pass, you can do your 15ce credits for free from AANP https://cecenter.aanp.org/Program?area=All It saved me money to take the AANP again. It also gets easier the second time, maybe because I was prepared this time
    Thanks for this!!! Did you find the tests similar? I'm taking AANP again. Ie.... Skin disorders, GERD... Etc. or was it completely different?
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    Quote from takotsubo82
    Hi all. I just thought I share this to those who may need suggestions to passing the AANP FNP exam. I passed my FNP AANP board on Feb 2. This was my second time taking the test. The first time was a hot mess. I flunk the first three questions and it just went down from there. My study skills were ineffective and I had too many personal things going in my life during that time. I studied from both Fitzgerald and Barkley, but were too focused on practice questions from Leik (probably was my biggest mistake). I kept failing these questions and contradicted myself w/ my studying materials.

    My suggestion to those who are going to take this exam is to really understand the main concepts in depth. The second time I took the test, I knew what to focus on my study. Remember you are not going to manage DKA, MI, and Stroke unless you are an ACNP. So you don't know need to know much in depth about those things, but just recognize that it is an urgent matter and need to refer out. After two months of reviewing contents, I decided to lock myself in my room and go to the public library everyday (I am single and unemployed). No Facebook and computer.

    It's true assessment is key to passing this test. At least it was for me. When I got my scores back the first time, assessment was my biggest weakness. I looked up any assessment that I didn't know in the second time studying such as Lachman test, Apley, and Romberg. If you don't recognize something, don't pick it as answer.

    Finally anxiety... another reason why I failed the first time. I didn't sleep well the night before. I almost vomit getting out of the train station before taking my test. During the second time, I knew I was ready. I had confidence and slept okay the night before (had to take Ativan 3 nights before the test).

    Know your contents. You know you are ready when you can recall all the main concepts on the top of your head. For example if someone asked you about "cauda equina". You'll know the diagnosis w/ the info they give you in the stem of the question, but what will you do. Order an x-ray? Refer to ED? NSAIDS? Reassurance?
    FYI some of the questions came up twice.

    So to sum it all up:
    1. Study contents, not practice questions. Take notes. Once you have a generalize review of the materials, focus on 3 body systems per day. Keep going over these each day and add on 3 more until you have mastered everything. Go back to your health assessment book and look things up you don't recall learning from school.
    2. Isolation from the world for a while
    3. Get all of the personal problems out of the way while you are studying (breaking up w/ bf, jobless, moving, family issues--- this was all me)
    4. Make flash cards. I made nearly 400.
    5. Eat well, sleep well, consistent life schedule.
    6. Pray if you believe in God. I started going to church again on Sundays after many years.
    7. When all of these is done, organize it in a pile. Take a picture to save the moment and get ready for the burning man ceremony in your fireplace.

    As to what materials to use for studying. I studied both Fitzgerald and Barkley. I find that Fitzgerald is too details, but she does cover some information on back pain like cauda equine, orbital cellulitis, and giant cell arteritis that Barkley didn't go over. Honestly, she's quite obsessed w/ microbiology and P450 inhibitor, which I didn't think you really need to know for the test. However, it's good to know for personal knowledge when prescribing antibiotics. Barkley breaks down each disease process in steps, much easier to absorb. I reviewed Fitzgerald book once, but used my Barkley's workbook to go over my contents each day. I also listened to both lectures on CDs, but even that was too much to absorb. Don't just rely on these CDs, I thought I was an auditory learner, boy was I wrong the first time I took the test. I Hope this helps. God bless.

    It's been almost 3 weeks since I passed. I am now looking for NP jobs in the bay area, but it's so saturated here. I may have to move to follow my dream. You can do this friend! Just believe in yourself. Take a break and breathe during the exam. By question 75, I was exhausted, but remember why I am doing this, I work hard to get to where I am, and I must not give up. I went to the restroom 3x. When the test was over and the screen popped up "Passed", I nearly scream in the exam room.

    If you don't pass, you can do your 15ce credits for free from AANP https://cecenter.aanp.org/Program?area=All It saved me money to take the AANP again. It also gets easier the second time, maybe because I was prepared this time
    Were the questions similar in content on your 2nd exam for AANP? Or did it focus on things totally different?


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