HI there! I just finished up my course work and will be graduating in a couple of weeks. I have started studying for the board exam and I am using the ANCC book and I also bought the Fitzgerald's program including the book and the CDs. I am listening to the CDs in my car and also studying with the books 2-3 hours a day and plan to take the exam ASAP. What are you using to study? And how prepared/un-prepared do you feel to take the board exam? What is your study plan? Also, have you started interviewing for jobs?
Jun 13, '13
SO I keep meaning to update and I keep forgetting! I passed the exam on 5/23/13 and got my license on 6/10/13. This is what I wrote to my professor when she asked me about the exam-
I feel like I was well prepared, I used the ANCC book, ANCC practice questions, and the the Fitzgerald book and CDs. I also used two apps on my phone with psychiatry practice questions and case studies. They were great, I felt like I had a good handle on the diagnosing and prescribing and neuro because of them, but then I felt like I didn't get "enough" of those questions! I also made CDs of myself going over the ANCC book so I could listen in my car (my commute is 45min so don't want to waste that time). I definitely felt like I had no idea about some questions, but others were very easy. I will paste what I just sent to a friend-
I finished the exam with 1.5hrs to spare, then spent 0.5hrs reviewing the questions I marked (there were a lot that I wasn't 100% on). I only changed 2 answers and there were still a good number (maybe 25-30?) that I wasn't 100% sure on or even 90% sure on. I didn't feel like I had TONS of questions on any one subject, I did feel adequately prepared, but still as I hit "end exam" I wasn't feeling like it was a slam dunk and I was very nervous. Some of the questions were confusing, but lots of them seemed very "easy" and straightforward to me. Many of them were easy to figure out the answer from the question even if I didn't fully know the content.
I definitely felt like I wanted way more clinical questions, I don't believe I had a single question on actual diagnostic criteria. I had 5 questions on Zyprexa (easy), probably about 10 on neuro, at least 5 on quality improvement, and at least 5-6 on research. Plenty of easy ones on communication, medications, and a few straight medical assessment questions too. A good amount on child/adol but I think I only had two question on geri and they were both about Erikson's stages. At least 5-6, maybe more on Erikson's stages. One question on theory (answer was Orem which I was stunned to remember lol). A few on collaboration, one on coding, one on the code of ethics, one or two on the standards of practice. I am trying to remember everything I wrote down! The only notes I took were about things I wanted to remember to tell people haha. It felt like a LONG time to stay focused for, but I did it straight through and it was ok.
Last edit by Chaoticdreams33 on Jun 13, '13
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