Adult CNS-EXAM - page 3

by ER823 | 47,828 Views | 84 Comments

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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    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.
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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?
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    The study guide was actually from ANCC.
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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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    I bought the book too, really looks like nothing is inside.
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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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    Quote from oldiebutgoodie
    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
    I am scheduled to take this test next month. I am wondering how much time I need to spend reviewing clinical issues outside of my specialty ( CV) especially meds and labs. Or am I better off getting the Fulton book and go over the more the esoteric aspects of being an CNS
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    Quote from kellygirl15
    I am scheduled to take this test next month. I am wondering how much time I need to spend reviewing clinical issues outside of my specialty ( CV) especially meds and labs. Or am I better off getting the Fulton book and go over the more the esoteric aspects of being an CNS
    Well, I would definitely put the blueprint for the exam in front of you, and go through it point by point. Either research each point on the web, or in books. Many points are addressed in Fulton as well as the Hamric and Spross book, so both would be helpful.

    My particular version of the test definitely addressed the esoteric aspects of being a CNS. Other versions may be different, however.

    I would thing that as a CV specialist, you know your meds and labs pretty well.

    Good luck!
    Oldiebutgoodie
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    Hello,
    I just took the Adult Pscyh and Mental Health CNS exam 2 days ago and failed! I couldn't believe it. I am so depressed as I had a job waiting for me once I passed. I had the Manometrix book, which was a waste of time. I bought the 150 questions and used the free 25 questions, none of which was similar to the test! I just signed up to take the Psych NP exam too, since they won't let me retake the CNS exam for 60 days. I just went online and ordered the Adult Psych NP review book from ANCC for $140 and also ordered a in home study course from Barkley for Family Psych NP, but it seems to have the same content as the CNS and NP exams. At least I will have 12 hrs of CD's to listen too. Some of the questions were totally crazy and I just couldn't believe I didn't pass. I had a A- average from grad. school! The past two days have been moping around and feeling depressed. Trying to be upbeat, but feel defeated and humiliated. I told so many people I was taking the exam!!!!
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    Sorry about that. But its not the end of the world. People fall and rise again. It's your turn to rise again. I feel you.


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