Adult CNS-EXAM - page 2

Hello all. I completed my MSN program in december, and sat for the Adult CNS exam yesterday... and i FAILED! such an embarrassment, humiliation, failure, I was so sure of myself and this test...... Read More

  1. Visit  LeapofFaith profile page
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    Hi everyone,
    I also graduated from an ACNS program in Dec and took the ANCC exam last Feb. I know the test has changed since then, but here are the things that worked for me:

    1) Following the ANCC test blueprint. Going through every point on the blueprint and looking up things that I was unfamiliar with.
    2) Advance Practice Nursing By Hamric and Spross- this book served as a great resource when going the the test blue print
    3) Fidzgerald Adult Health NP questions- easy to follow and broke down the major diseases in nice, concise chunks. Plus, the book is rather small so you can bring it with you everywhere.
    4) Study everyday (even if its just 30 mins to an hour)- I studied everyday for almost 2 months.

    I hope this helps. I know how discouraging setbacks can be. It makes you doubt your abilities, and if you are even 'meant' to take this path. But I do believe that if you have gotten this far and you truly care about becoming a CNS ( as evidenced by you being here ), you can pass the exam.

    Good luck!
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  3. Visit  oldiebutgoodie profile page
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    Hello, all,

    I just took the Adult Health CNS exam and passed. This is what I did:

    1. Took the ANCC review course (8 telephone conference calls, with book of slides provided).
    2. Followed the blueprint provided by the ANCC to the letter. It was heavily followed.
    3. Got a book (pretty new, 2009) called "Foundations of Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice" by Fulton, Lyon, and Goudreau. This book was excellent as it kind of gave me the mind set that I think the ANCC was looking for in formulating their questions.

    Would have never passed without the above 3 resources.

    And as usual, the multiple choice questions (all 175) had either all right answers, all wrong answers, or all ridiculous answers. Just like the NCLEX! Still surprised I passed.

    Anyway, good luck everybody.

    Oldiebutgoodie
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  4. Visit  JoMo profile page
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    I am in the same shoes. I failed the Peds CNS exam in January 2011. What a kick in the teeth. I graduated with honors and then failed it. I used the Mometrix book and did the same as you did-Rose23. I did not feel secure with it being such a new publication. I also panicked when I went in to test. I could not settle down and think! I really want to take it again, but I have to find the courage and determine what is the best method for study. Now you say they have changed the test!? One of my professors helped to design the last ones. She had told me to use the NP book to study. I didn't do it. Guess now we will have to! It makes me angry that on the resource list it has all kinds of NP books and help but very little for the CNS.
  5. Visit  oldiebutgoodie profile page
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    Quote from JoMo
    I am in the same shoes. I failed the Peds CNS exam in January 2011. What a kick in the teeth. I graduated with honors and then failed it. I used the Mometrix book and did the same as you did-Rose23. I did not feel secure with it being such a new publication. I also panicked when I went in to test. I could not settle down and think! I really want to take it again, but I have to find the courage and determine what is the best method for study. Now you say they have changed the test!? One of my professors helped to design the last ones. She had told me to use the NP book to study. I didn't do it. Guess now we will have to! It makes me angry that on the resource list it has all kinds of NP books and help but very little for the CNS.
    The new outline for the test is at:
    http://www.nursecredentialing.org/PediatricCNSTCOs.aspx

    I went through the Adult CNS outline point by point, most questions on my test were not so much clinical as other stuff such as leadership, research, etc. Unfortunately, the ANCC doesn't seem to have a review class for Peds CNS.

    The book, "Foundations of Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice" by Fulton, Lyon, and Goudreau (2010) is reallly good, should help with some of the studying.

    Good luck,
    Oldiebutgoodie
  6. Visit  G_Ann profile page
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    Quote from oldiebutgoodie
    Hello, all,

    I just took the Adult Health CNS exam and passed. This is what I did:

    1. Took the ANCC review course (8 telephone conference calls, with book of slides provided).
    2. Followed the blueprint provided by the ANCC to the letter. It was heavily followed.
    3. Got a book (pretty new, 2009) called "Foundations of Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice" by Fulton, Lyon, and Goudreau. This book was excellent as it kind of gave me the mind set that I think the ANCC was looking for in formulating their questions.

    Would have never passed without the above 3 resources.

    And as usual, the multiple choice questions (all 175) had either all right answers, all wrong answers, or all ridiculous answers. Just like the NCLEX! Still surprised I passed.

    Anyway, good luck everybody.

    Oldiebutgoodie
    That is great! I plan to graduate in July of 2012- I will do those things- but do you think it will change for next year- the test blueprint?
  7. Visit  G_Ann profile page
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    Quote from oldiebutgoodie
    Hello, all,

    I just took the Adult Health CNS exam and passed. This is what I did:

    1. Took the ANCC review course (8 telephone conference calls, with book of slides provided).
    2. Followed the blueprint provided by the ANCC to the letter. It was heavily followed.
    3. Got a book (pretty new, 2009) called "Foundations of Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice" by Fulton, Lyon, and Goudreau. This book was excellent as it kind of gave me the mind set that I think the ANCC was looking for in formulating their questions.

    Would have never passed without the above 3 resources.

    And as usual, the multiple choice questions (all 175) had either all right answers, all wrong answers, or all ridiculous answers. Just like the NCLEX! Still surprised I passed.

    Anyway, good luck everybody.

    Oldiebutgoodie
    I will be graduating with my MSN (adult CNS) in July of 2012. Do you think the material will change?
  8. Visit  oldiebutgoodie profile page
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    I doubt the test blueprint will change, since they just changed it April of 2011.

    Cheers,
    Oldiebutgoodie
  9. Visit  G_Ann profile page
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    Quote from traumaRUs
    I am so sorry. Take a little time and then start a new pathway. I took the adult exam in 2006 and I know it has changed. I'm gathering you used the Mometrix study guides? I just took the peds CNS exam last week and used the Mometrix study guide and did fine. However I also found it helpful to look at the study guide template from ANCC. This told me that most of the questions (30%) were on growth and development for instance. So what I did was only study the part they were testing on the most.

    You can get the study guide from the ANCC website. http://www.nursecredentialing.org/Do...April2011.aspx

    So it doesn't look like it's broken down as much. When I used the Mometrix study guide I only looked at the top two or three categories in the order of which category would have the most questions. Does that make sense?


    Good luck.
    What is a Mometrix study guide? I am still in graduate school for MSN- CNS, and I want to start preparing and gathering study material to pass the exam.
  10. Visit  G_Ann profile page
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    Thank you

    I went to the momatrix website - it looks scandalous - where did u find your study guide of the momatrix?
  11. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
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    The study guide was actually from ANCC.
  12. Visit  tineann profile page
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    I purchased the mometrix study guide for the Adult Mental Health CNS exam - which I will be taking this upcoming week. In my opinion, a complete waste of money. Very poorly organized and written with factual errors (I only spent about an hour looking it over, before I trashcanned it). I am using the Adult Psych NP study guide written by the ANCC (they don't produce one for adult psych CNS) and the ANCC book for general psych nursing certification. I also bought the 150 questions for the CNS exam and used the NP questions that a colleague bought. I hope I pass... never know. Anyway, that is just my experience with the mometrix book.
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  13. Visit  enoRN profile page
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    I bought the book too, really looks like nothing is inside.
  14. Visit  oldiebutgoodie profile page
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    I have the Mometrix Adult Health CNS guide. It's really not very good, but if anybody wants it, I'll send it to you for cost of postage (probably about $5). It may have some helpful stuff in it. PM me if interested.

    Oldiebutgoodie


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