I am studying to take the ANCC FNP certification exam in August or September 2011. Having reviewed the exam content outline on the ANCC web site, I am surprised to learn that 50% of the questions will be on policy, theory, leadership, etc. rather than clinical concepts. On the Fitzgerald review CDs she says this change in the ANCC exam took place in 2010.
So naturally I am looking for review materials that cover policy, theory, leadership, etc. Since the exam is 50% on that, I figure I should be studying these concepts 50% of the time. However none of the review books or programs that I have previewed emphasize this material so heavily. In most of them, including Fitzgerald, this stuff seems to be relegated to a couple of chapters at the end. The ANCC's own FNP exam prep book is copyright 2009 so even it doesn't reflect the new exam's emphasis.
Does anyone know what is the best way to prepare for that 50% of questions on the new ANCC exam?
I have read several complaints on this board about the new ANCC exam and wonder if anyone has heard if the pass rates have changed? At this point I am considering doing what another poster called the "Vegas approach" and taking both AANP and ANCC just to hedge my bets, since I may be lucky enough to have a job waiting for me on graduation and they will be expecting me to start ASAP.
i passed the ancc fnp last week. i used the fitzgerald, hollier and leik review books, as well as the fitzgerald lecture course recordings. i found the test to be very fair. to be honest, with a moderate amount of review many of the non-clinical questions are softballs. therefore, i would study for the test as if you were taking a clinical (ie aanp) exam, as the clinical content was more challenging. in terms of specific resources for ethical, legal and epidemiological content the fitzgerald website has a great review www.fhea.com/npcer2011.shtml
. really take a good look at that. also a friend showed me this - (http://familynpprep.com/
) where you can pay for batches of tests with similar style and content to the test. make sure you review your developmental psychologists! and good luck.
Last edit by ojala16 on Oct 22, '11