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rninme, MSN 8,021 Views

Joined Jun 12, '06 - from 'somewhere in Downeast Maine'. Posts: 1,725 (9% Liked) Likes: 250

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    I graduated with my MSN at 55. Age is just a number!!!

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    Quote from hydez1986
    Congrats!!!! Thanks for the advice! I take my test In a few weeks... Feeling so nervous. I'm basically studying like you did... A system a day etc. there's just so much stuff!!! Are the clinical questions straightforward? Or detailed concepts? I'll probably struggle with the no clinical stuff more ugh!!! So nerve racking!
    I passed the ANCC FNP exam in June. Clinical questions were very straightforward.

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    Courtney, FNP-BC likes this.

    Congratulations!!

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    Congratulations!!

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    Congratulations!!!

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    Quote from rockyroad#
    Hi rninme,
    Congrats! I have failed the ANNP twice and ANCC Friday. Please if you have any suggestion on how to study, I would appreciate. I cannot taker the ANNP until nest year, therefore, I have to take the ANCC again and I so afraid. Personal email,joepatten3367@gmail .com. Please help!!!
    Body system a day - review it thoroughly. Then start answering questions on that system. Go back and review what you didn't understand - answer questions again. On to the next system. Don't waste time reviewing systems that you have a good knowledge base on -- review the ones you don't know! ANCC has a lot on leadership and professional issues - research, risk management, etc. You probably won't find that in your class texts. I used Fitzgerald - and her review and review book covers it pretty well. Also looked through Leik and and used BoardVitals as a question bank. If you haven't taken a live or online review - that might be in your best interest. I did Fitzgerald, but Hollier, Leik and Barkley all have review programs. Good luck! You can do this!!

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    Quote from hydez1986
    What kind of study routine did everyone have.... Everyday? All day long? One system per day?
    I did a body system a day. Read my review books, consulted patho and physical exam texts if I had questions or didn't understand something. Then I did questions on that subject. Back to review as needed - then on to the next system. Devoted a lot of time to professional issues, research, etc. Studied for a couple of hours, took a break and then back to it. Usually around 6 hours per day. Last couple of days before I tested, I actually took it pretty easy. Found I was getting things jumbled around in my head - knowledge and fact overload! Night before I tested, I went back and looked at research, professional issues, etc. Felt good that morning - late for my appointment due to a wreck on the interstate ... LOL. But, felt good once I finally got in and sat at the computer. Pay attention to the instructions - they tell you how to strike out answers and highlight. I used the strike out feature a lot. Seemed to help me focus in on the correct answer.

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    BrnEyedGirl likes this.

    Quote from BrnEyedGirl
    I am testing next week. My last course used the Fitzgerald review book and we were tested over it. I signed up for her live review that started today through Tuesday. We spent 5 hours listening to a speaker read to us word for word from the hand out book. It was painful. The hotel was beyond horrible and we left after lunch and drove 4 hours home. Very, very disappointed. I note that I don't have access to the online material or practice tests that were listed in the book. This was a huge waste of time and money.
    I'm sorry your experience wasn't the same as mine. Take it Dr Fitzgerald was not the presenter? She made it very interesting - and added a lot to the book outline. Our hotel was fantastic - and not one I could afford to stay at otherwise (Boston Back Bay area). I don't think you can access the online review until after you complete the live review - and if you don't stay for it ... not sure you can access it? I'd call Fitzgerald Health Education Associates - and tell them about your experience.

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    Something I forgot - with your Fitzgerald review - there are a bunch of online resources you should look through that aren't directly accessible from your online learning modules. Look for the tab marked Resources on the side under the NPxpert tab. Lots of information she doesn't directly touch on in depth but you will run into on boards. Do all the extra's she provides -- people that fail boards after using her live or online review usually haven't completed extra materials. Good luck!!!

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    Cynthia Thomas likes this.

    Quote from Cynthia Thomas
    Hello rninme, supper congratulations. I'm so happy for you. I'm new to this blog and you responded to my post. Thank you for that. Do you by chance have any study tips/study guide that could help and don't mind sharing? I'm terrified of ANCC exam...I don't know why. I started the fitz online review this Wednesday. My email is cynthiathomas300@hotmail.com any study tip I will greatly appreciate. Thanks and congratulations

    I used Fitz live review and her blue book. Glanced through Leik - some good quick facts there. Tried the APEA q-bank but found the majority of those questions are in Hollier's FNP certification review book - so not worth the money for me. Only online question bank I did was BoardVitals - and they are brutal!

    I reviewed a body system a day - using Fitzgerald, Leik. Went to BoardVitals and answered questions on that system. If I found I was missing quite a bit - back to review using other sources, mainly my Bates book from school. Derm - the Habif book was my bible. Also have it on my Ipad ... so I could pop on and review different derm presentations. Ortho - my kryptonite!! Used Bates, Fitzgerald, and Hoppenfeld (I think is the author - old book, but is the bible for ortho) - it's green and I believe first published in the 1970's! Peds/pregnancy/women's and men's health - all from Fitzgerald and reviewing class notes and texts. All the leadership information I used came from Fitzgerald, Leik and on BoardVitals. Know the hierarchy of clinical research!!! You will do fine - just listen to what Dr. Fitzgerald talks about. Several questions on the exam were pretty much word-for-word from her live lecture!

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    TabDWalker likes this.

    Congratulations! I passed the ANCC FNP exam today! My study guides were the Fitz blue book, and her live review. Glanced through Leik and did a few questions. Did not like the Hollier APEA book - but did use it to study for the predictor exam I had to take in school. Did questions on BoardVitals -- if you can answer them, the ANCC exam is a walk in the park!!!!

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    I passed the ANCC FNP exam today! Really didn't find it that difficult - but I have been studying for the past 2 years in preparation for today!! Have to say that Dr Fitzgerald's review and her other book were the keys to my passing. Lots of leadership questions - know research, policy, culture, ethical principals. Majority of questions were very straight forward - a couple I had to read several times to try and figure out just what question was being asked. Hopefully those questions were part of the non-graded section because they were very poorly written. Done is about 2 hours - but I have always been a fast test taker. Use the cross out function, very helpful in trying to zero in on the correct answer when unsure.

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    Congratulations!!!

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    You are going to devote a minimum of 33 hours of study time per week no matter what school you attend! Not a Frontier grad - but a friend of mine graduated from there. She worked prn, but did not need to work full time (lucky girl!). I worked full time, attended my program on a part time basis, and just graduated in May. Difficult, but it can be done.

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    Congratulations on your graduation!!
    1. I suggest you look at each test blueprint - available on the AANP and the ANCC test sites. Which test do you believe your course of study prepared you for?
    2. I took the live Fitzgerald review - and I liked it. I am also using BoardVitals for questions - they divide their questions geared toward each specific exam.
    3. Some of the information from Fitzgerald live review can be found in her book, but the live review material is more extensive. She also has a lot of online resources that are part of the live review course.
    4. I am using the live review, Fitzgerald book and Leik. Also doing BoardVitals questions for ANCC exam.
    5. There are several books tailored to ANCC exam - their horribly expensive ANCC FNP review books (not worth the money, information can be found elsewhere). Not sure about the AANP exam - although I think Hollier and the APEA q-bank questions are more closely aligned with AANP vs ANCC

    I tend to try and over-prepare for anything - but don't pick so many different resources that you are bouncing all over the place trying to study. Review the books, answer the questions. Consult other source material when you aren't clear on rationales. Go back, and review again. Then start answering test bank questions. If you find there are specific questions you are answering wrong - go back and review that section again.

    Good luck to both of us!!


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