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- by reeya Mar 16, '12I just sent my application to sit in for FNP exam after I graduate in May. I am already nervous. I will start studying from end of March. Any suggestions how to prepare for the exam regardless you passed or failed. I would love to hear from student NPs who are about to graduate this May/June/August (spring & summer 2012 graduates), what are your study plans?Last edit by reeya on Mar 16, '12 : Reason: Add: Anyone up for throwing random facts to study for FNP or skype study?
- Mar 16, '12 by MERCEDES674I am graduating in May and have been studying since January. This is what I have been doing:
1. compiled all my powerpoints by system into a very large binder.
2. did a systems review and read my primary care book on the conditions that didn't really understand.
3. used fitzgerald's book to review and read almost every section.
4. I am currently reviewing Leik's book.
5. I plan to go back through my powerpoints just to make sure I got everything.
6. I am taking the Amelie Hollier's review class.
7. I also have her review CD's that I have been studying.
I actually had time to do all this because we only had clinical hours to do and our capstone project. I have been approved to take my AANP exam, just waiting to graduate.
- Mar 17, '12 by reeyamercedes, you are on a roll. Good for you!!! How long did it take for you to get the AANP approval & att from prometric from the first time you mailed your application? I have Fitzgerald review book but I still have yet to start reviewing it. I will start seriously reviewing from April 1st. I am actually currently going over Kaplan USMLE step 2 and 3 videos (156 hrs total). So far I like it. The videos lectures are very detailed in pathology. I just finished 19 hrs of gyn and 14 hrs of Ob video lecture. Boy, I feel like I can teach..lol. I want to finish all videos. Hopefully, they are as good as obgyn videos. After, I understand the pathology in detail, I'll start reviewing fitz review book 3rd edition. Then, I'll do Q&A from zerwekh & claborn CD. I will not attend any live courses. I had fitzgerald CDs...god that was so boring. I couldnt even finish listening to 1 cd, so I sold it back.
- Mar 17, '12 by MERCEDES674Reeya,
I felt the same way about those Fitzgerald CD's. Amelie is very good she is easy to listen too and you learn a lot. I would recommend her CD's. Many people say that she prepares you for the AANP. I applied at the end of Feb for the AANP and got approved this week. They need my final transcript before they release the results although, I can't test until after I graduate. They haven't sent the ATT yet I will get it 2 weeks before I graduate and the registration number a week after that. I also recommend getting the Cordina Leik book, she is very good. How soon after graduating do you plan to test?
- Mar 17, '12 by reeyaI heard Amelie is easy on the ears but I don't have money to buy her CDs. But I will look into Leik's book. Her book is popular among ANPs/FNPs here on allnurses. If everything goes as planned, I am hoping to test as soon as I can. I graduate mid May. My plan is end of May to early June if AANP processes my application on time. Most of my classmates are planning to take live courses. I just don't feel $$450 is worth shelving for 2.5 days. These review classes are so expensive.
- Mar 18, '12 by TinabeanrnHi guys . I am smiling from ear to ear and happy to learn that I can apply to take the AAPN now, as I am graduating in May too . I have been studying since January as well. I have been reviewing all my power points and studying from Zerwekh & Claborn, Hollier (Wish I really love) and the Kaplan USMLE books that I got from my PA friend. I would LOVE to watch the videos for Kaplan. That would rock. I also have listened to Fitzgerald and Barkley cds in full. The Barkley review is pretty good as far as peds. I have been really trying to focus on things that aren't my strengths, like neuro and MS. Its hard for me to focus on one subject so I jump around a lot. And I watch youtube videos on things that I have never encountered, that really seems to help. There are some awesome 12 lead EKG videos on youtube also.
I can't afford to attend any live classes either. I have heard Fitzgerald and Barkley so much that I could teach a class by now. I have Fitzgerald review book which I was just not that impressed with and Leik book as well, but I don't use that one too much either. Where can we get the Kaplan videos? Are they expensive?
- Mar 18, '12 by MERCEDES674I have been told that the items that Leik covers is on the test. I am making sure to read it thoroughly.
- Mar 18, '12 by reeyaTina, you can stream the videos online when you subscribe for the course at Kaplan which cost around ~ 2750. I am just lucky to have a cousin who is a medical student. She let me borrow her username and password. You can stream the videos anywhere as long as you have internet just like netflix.
Mercedes, I just bought the Leik book on Kindle How soon are you guys planning to test after graduation. Also, what about jobs, when do you guys plan to start applying?
- Mar 18, '12 by TinabeanrnI actually dont have the Leik book. I certainly cant afford the Kaplan thing :/. I have started looking for jobs already and got some calls but since i am not certified yet, things are on hold. I plan to take my test the first date available that I can. The guy from the AAPN said about 2 weeks after I get my unofficial transcripts. When are you planning on applying for jobs?