Adult CNS-EXAM - page 2

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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... everyone I talked to said not to... Read More


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    I think there should be more CNS exam perp books just like the NPs have. It makes me think CNS's are giving up on CNS.
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    Exactly. When I did the adult CNS test in 2006, there was nothing. Now we have Mometrix but that is the only option I have found.

    I did the peds CNS exam in March 2011 and used Mometrix and passed but it would be nice to have more then one option.
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    Hi!

    I am Juan and I also took the Adult CNS Exam March 2011. I graduated in December and started stuyding for the exam January 2011. I purchased the audio review offered by ANCC, Mometrix review, and the Fidzgerald Adult Health NP questions and answers book. I passed my exam and I believe the combination of these three elements helped me. I studied for one hour or so every afternoon. Sometimes, I felt my study time was truly great and others, I just was not able to concentrate. I believe the Mometrix had a good review since it was based on the topics covered in the exam. I found the test taking strategies truly work. But, you need to remember them and of course being able to know at least some of the wrong answers in order to apply them.

    I truly recommend to review the material, take lots of practice exams. Review the answers and retake them at least once or twice until you achieve 85% or higher in the score. Read the rationale of each answer.

    Reviewing the material is truly important. Spend a couple of months reviewing and practicing exams. Do not take the exam without stuyding.

    Good luck!

    Juan
    Last edit by juan martinez on May 21, '11
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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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    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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    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.
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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
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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?
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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?
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    I doubt the test blueprint will change, since they just changed it April of 2011.

    Cheers,
    Oldiebutgoodie


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