Failed ANCC FNP certification exam - page 2

by hiddencove

Trying to pick myself up after failing ANCC FNP certification exam and figure what to do now. I am already planning to re-take but do not know how to better prepare myself. I took the Fitzgerald CDs review twice as well as read... Read More


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    Sorry you failed but know you can do it. I didn't think I would pass but I did after one try. I took the AANP because its all clinical. How did I study? I took Fitzgerald review and bought every practice book I could find. I found that I loved the Leik book the best. I knew what I needed to focus on and that's what I studied.
    Taking the test you have to leave anxiety at the door.
    Before you start your test I wrote down some mnemonics for the stuff I could remember. Such as anemias and cranial nerves.
    Don't read into the questions just use the information that is given its pretty basic.
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    I promised I would post here after I took my exam!!
    I took the ANCC FNP exam this past Tuesday; June 4th and PASSED FIRST ATTEMPT!! Man; it was mainly a weird hodgepodge of everything. Approximately 25% of it were straight medical/clinical questions which with the Fitzgerald book or Leik book would help 100%. The remainder (75%) was all over the place with most of it being culture and ethics stuff.

    Some things that I remember occurring pretty frequently;

    Lot of health care reimbursement, Medicare, Medicaid stuff
    Lot of adolescent
    Lot of older adult questions
    and mainly how to communicate.


    How I prepared:
    Fitzgerald Book
    Leik Book (which I really spent the majority of my time with) I liked it because it was straight forward!
    The ANCC review book (which can be purchased on their website)
    The ANCC review question bank (150 questions in 2- 75 question tests) 99$ on their website...its ok but not that great
    The website: FamilyNPPrep.com (Tons of ethical, cultural and weird ANCC type questions with feedback) These tests are excellent!!! but make sure you select the FNP-BC test banks. They are PRETTY EXPENSIVE though...approx 12.00 per 100 test.


    My suggestions to help you pass??

    Study the Leik and Fitzgerald books (mainly Leik);

    Then buy the familyNPPrep tests and the ANCC website test bank and spend 2-3 weeks reviewing all the cultural, ethical and healthcare policy questions....I would recommend spending a large amount of time with ethics (beneficence, non-malfeasance, veracity, transference, counter-transference, (and stats stuff)specificity etc..
    You will do well if you know your ethics and priorities...etc
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    Moody JB. Congratulations. I am glad that you passed it is such a relief to know that you are now a board certified family nurse practitioner. What are your plans from here?
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    Received official results today from AANP. Scored 487 & they say 500 is passing. OMG SOOO close!!! I just want to cry! Sucks to be so close but have to go through the pain & misery again for studying & retesting!


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