Latest Comments by rninme

Latest Comments by rninme

rninme, MSN 7,493 Views

Joined Jun 12, '06 - from 'somewhere in Downeast Maine'. Posts: 1,706 (8% Liked) Likes: 221

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    Quote from Julius Seizure
    A lot of people go to school part time and work at the same time, but school will take longer. At this point, are you sure that it's worth it?
    I just finished an MSN-FNP at 55. Total of 5 years for BSN completion through MSN. Age is just a number

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    chare and Nurse2B in TN like this.

    I worked full-time through RN, BSN and MSN-FNP. Takes some creative scheduling and support of your workplace but it can be done!

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    Started out as a CNA, then became a Respiratory Therapist for 17 years. I'd always wanted to be a nurse but didn't have the means or opportunity right out of high school, so when I'd had it with management, I applied to RN-Diploma school. Worked for several years in critical care and ED before completing a BSN online and decided why stop now? Just graduated MSN-FNP a couple of weeks ago. What would I change? Nothing!

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    Ayamideh likes this.

    Haven't tested yet but will be taking the ANCC FNP exam. I attended a live Fitzgerald review (which was awesome!), have done q-bank but not really impressed with it, and BoardVitals - which I highly recommend. Also using Leik and Fitzgerald's other review book (not the one I got at the review session). Read the first several chapters of the ANCC 2 volume set and have skimmed the rest of the books. I'm in the process of reviewing areas I identified as weaker - ortho is my kryptonite!!! Have done a couple of APEA predictor exams, scoring in the low to mid-80's. Haven't taken the post-exam after the Fitz review yet.

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    Has anyone here ever used a professional resume service to help make your resume stand out? Did it help you to secure the job you were hoping to get? Are there any resume services you would recommend to others? I'm a new grad NP applying for jobs and need all the help I can get! No jobs in my area of the state that I am interested in, and have no problem moving in-state or out of state. Thanks for any responses.

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    Local, private school but cheaper than the state university, clinical placements, FNP tuition grant, flexible hybrid, program created for working nurses

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    madricka and MickyB-RN like this.

    I started nursing school at age 39 - and just completed an MSN, right before my 55th birthday. Go for it!

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    Hit post too soon! Both exams are testing your critical thinking skills to solve problems - not rote knowledge. You may know quite a bit about the subject, but are you able to apply that knowledge to find the answer to the question? When answering review questions - you need to determine what the question is asking you. Think in ADPIE - assessment, diagnosis, plan, intervention and evaluation.

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    See you are new here - welcome! If you type in AANP FNP exam in the search bar, or scroll through the student NP section - there are multiple threads with some great suggestions. My advice - get a good review book or sign up for a live or web-based review course. Just finished Fitzgerald's FNP review in Boston yesterday. Lots of information and some great suggestions on how to be successful on the exams. I am taking ANCC - but here are a few suggestions for you. Form a good study plan and stick to it! Pick a subject and go back to your assessment book, patho book, etc. Review the subject thoroughly and then do practice questions to test your knowledge. If you are finding you are missing quite a few questions on that subject - go back and review what you are lacking. Don't continuously review what you already know - a mistake some people make.

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    Congratulations Luck4! Just got back from Fitz's FNP review in Boston. Thought it was great, feeling more confident as there were few areas I really need to brush up on. Haven't completed her online portion of the review yet - but she has several sections dedicated to professional practice issues, research, etc. My brain is too full to attempt those just yet. Still waiting for ANCC to acknowledge receipt of transcripts (calling them on Monday - has been sitting there for them to download for several days), so no test date set yet. Hope to finally test around mid to end of June.

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    Quote from IowaFNPhelp
    Please anyone help! I took the ANCC twice and failed.. study Fitzgerald and leik books. I also bought the edge exam bundle and found ,many errors and the questions are nothing like the exam so stopped taking them. Took the boardvitals review which I thought was right on point but I needed more knowledge on policies and leadership. I just signed up for AANP. I am terrible test taker! I am so devasted, tied and broke. Please please can someone help me so I can pass any boards? ? ;-(
    I would suggest a review course if you have not done so. Pay close attention of things you do not understand or cannot remember - then go back and review those subjects. Or, if you can't attend a live review, or web-based review -- try to find CD's from courses on ebay. Don't believe there are questions on the AANP about policies or leadership, as the AANP questions focus on clinical skills, assessments, interventions, evaluation. Several of us have made suggestions on this thread regarding questions specific to ANCC which you might find helpful. Good luck, you can do this!

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    Quote from marvinalpn
    Hello,
    I am wanting to know what is the ANCC yellow book?? Can anyone give me the name of the book.
    thanks
    FNP Review Manual 4th ed volume 1. It is actually pink. TaTa88's suggestion of the ANCC exam review secrets book (it is yellow) is also a good choice. Not expensive, and has a lot of information not contained in some of the other review-type books. People tend to confuse these two books when talking about the "yellow book".

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    poppycat likes this.

    I was a diploma grad, worked for years before I completed a BSN online. Just finished my Masters Degree last Saturday (hybrid course from a brick and mortar school designed for working RNs). A step at a time. Work as an RN, gain valuable experience. Take a class at a time. You'll be finished with a BSN before you know it - and will have a couple of years of RN experience as well. Good luck to you.

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    Quote from luck4
    First thanks for your reply! I have just read post that state actual theorists aren't really on the test which is why I was questioning it.
    I've answered multiple questions on BoardVitals' ANCC test bank with theorists in them. Not sure if they will be on the actual exam ... but you never know. I wouldn't take information from others who have tested to heart -- all of the exams are different. Just because one person didn't get those particular questions doesn't mean there are no questions in the test bank. If I had to pick one to know - it would be Prochaska & DiClemente Stages of Change. Also, have had multiple questions about developmental stages in peds. I think there may not be as many on the ANCC exam as on the AANP exam, but I am reviewing them just in case.


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