Barnstormin' PMHNP 12,026 Views
Joined Mar 8, '12.
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So I studied for a month straight, I did not work. I probably did about 4-6 hours solid each day, taking a lot of breaks. I've always studied hard like this for exams, so just study how you normally study, what works for you.
I did the online Fitzgerald with the audio lectures. Her book is well organized, the audio is not so great, she goes off on useless tangents and anecdotes constantly. I was also unable to access the practice test unless I completed all the extra material on geriatric, cardiac, legal/ethical. I was pretty mad about that because I ignored that content until near the end because it was marked optional. It's not. You have to do ALL of it to get the practice exam. I wouldn't bother with her.
I used mometrix book, secrets to the PMHNP exam from Amazon, it was fairly helpful for legal ethical stuff and just presented things in a different manner. I don't think it is a necessary addition though, plus there is no index to look specific things up.
I basically memorized the ANCC book, and I happened to find out that there was a new edition right when I beagan cramming. Make sure you have the new 4th edition, as there is new content on the leadership/ethics/ management aspect. As I mentioned in a previous post, there is an exam taking strategies in the beginning which you HAVE to read and remember when taking the test.
Know your leadership and practice content. Everything else is just a LOT of critical thinking, I felt like I really had to go back through everything I learned to get to the answer. I also recommend not spending too much time on a question, mark it and keep going. They give you four hours and used 3 hours and 50 minutes with going back over about 30 questions I marked. I am usuaay fast test taker so that was stressful.
Long story short. Focus on the ANCC book only, it has what you need as long as you had a good program. Buy the online practice test from the link on the ANCC website, they are just like the exam questions, understand your weak areas and study them.
Study well, stay focused in the exam and you will be fine.
Anyone who makes an 'SH' out of an 'S'.......like shtrict instead of strict, or shtreet, instead of street. Drives. me. bonkers. What's worse is there is a radio DJ on the local station that talks like this with every 's' word. ugh. It's the little things that will get me in the end.
I have been offered and accepted a position in an ICU unit. My sneakers from school are wrecked at this point and I need to get something that will be supportive and comfy yet light. I am looking for your experiences with footwear for nursing. I am considering Dansko clogs, trainers, or walking shoes, the RN's on the unit wear all different shoes.....what shoes have you loved? Hated?
Placing a foley on a woman. I am the WORST. I think I got it right once :***:
You can also get your PMHNP degree and then a post masters in FNP. I 100% agree with Jules, you need to work in psych before you pick it as a specialty. We have people in our program that are going for psych and have not worked it.... they're the "touchy-feely" type that is in for a rude awakening, I have listened to them talk in class and feel dread for them for their first exposure to an inpatient unit.
Try Indeed.com. You can search by state, or nationwide. They also have a lot of recruiters, I asked a question to one place that advertised close to me and left my contact info and I have been inundated by recruiters. I don't even graduate until May. You should have no problem finding a job, especially if you can relocate.
Congratulations, you are an inspiration to others! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article and gaining insight to a life that I can only imagine.
Yes I am finally done. It was a long haul and I can finally say:
I am Barnstormin' PMHNP-BC
I have a great job waiting for me that I negotiated an awesome salary for
I have no intention of ever going for a DNP/Phd
Best. Day. EVER.
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