Passed ANCC FNP today

  1. Good evening all and Happy New Year.

    I graduated on December 14th and passed the ANCC FNP exam today!!! Let the book burning begin.... .

    The exam has 200 questions . Labs were the common labs, meds had generic and brand names listed. Lots of images, pictures. The survey questions at the end of the exam were nerve-wracking..

    I obtained a lot of useful information from this site so I wanted to share as well.

    I set a 6 week timeframe to study, 2 hours daily (most of the time). I did 25 practice questions a day from Amelie Hollier's APEA book of questions (has the rationales)--this didn't take a lot of time and was not included in my 2 hour study time.

    My school (University of Alabama at Birmingham) provided the Fitzgerald review course for our last semester. Fitzgerald is very talkative (as others have stated), she provides a lot of info for the exam and for use in clinical practice. I made up flashcards as I listened to her lectures and I didn't need to return to her review book or lectures at all. She gives a good foundation, but talks and talks about extra things not on exam.

    Studied 2 body systems a day: reviewed common diseases for each system- what it looks like, how to diagnose it; assessment techniques , physical findings, treatment guidelines, etc.

    I purchased the ANCC Resource Manual (it has 50 practice questions and the first 3 chapters are essential for the actual exam), the ANCC practice questions (2 sets of 75 questions) and ANCC Test Taking strategies (25 questions, good insight)-- I would recommend them all .

    I purchased Barkleys Home Study FNP course on December 12th and listened to it over 4 days. I really liked his style. He highlights what you need to know for the exam, gets right to the point and has a very detailed pediatric session. It was a good reinforcement of what I already studied and helped to narrow down my studies. I would recommend buying this review earlier than I did-- it was very good and very accurate as to what was on the exam.

    I did one practice exam a week from Each test has 100 questions with rationales. These were helpful, especially for theory, billing/ financial, ethics and NP role questions. I would recommend them.

    For the last 4 days, I only did practice questions-about 50-75 a day----from Hollier's book, 75 from ANCC practice questions, Leik's newest book and

    On Sunday, I really felt like I had done all I could do, studied as much as I could--if I didn't know it by then it wasn't worth knowing--lol... But, I still did 350 more questions yesterday (Monday) by 1pm (then I relaxed for the rest of the day)...
    I would suggest just relaxing the day before the test-- no studying or practice questions (smile).

    My study plan was probably overkill--but I needed to know that I did all I could in order to pass. Plus, I have a position waiting for me as soon as I am licensed ( thanks to allnurses for guidance on what to ask employer during interview, what to look for in an employer, contracts, etc.)

    I hope this is helpful.. I appreciate the allnurses community for the support and great information... I always look here first-and it has not steered me wrong yet.
    Best of luck to all who are studying/ preparing for certification exams--you can do it!!

    Good night and Happy New Year to all. ..
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    Specialty: 15 year(s) of experience in ICU, CVICU, case management


  3. by   tryingtohaveitall
  4. by   uronurse1
    Congratulations! So excited for you!!
  5. by   Retired APRN
    Congratulations and welcome to the next chapter!
  6. by   Chrissi2424
  7. by   mammac5
    Congrats! What a great way to start the new year!!
  8. by   nursefin
  9. by   Soon2bAGNP
    Congrats!!! Good luck in your new position.
  10. by   Grneyzrn
    Congrats!! Wish you the best of luck in your career and thanks for the study tips. I just started FNP program in Nov. but I'm saving all the test advice & tips. Happy New Years!!
  11. by   WV-RN
    Thanks for the informative posting. I am currently a FNP student, still have 6 more semesters to go but I will certainly be looking back at your study timetable and reference materials when the time comes for me to test. Thanks again!
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    threads merged
  13. by   lhflanurseNP
    Congratulations! What a nice end of the year/start of the year gift . You provide quite a bit of good information for those of us still working on our dreams. Thank you and all the best on your new role!
  14. by   BCgradnurse