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by archiebel archiebel (New) New Nurse

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Anyone take the ACHPN exam? If so, how was it? How long did you study for? Was there one area represented more than others?

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vampiregirl has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Hospice.

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For the CHPN exam in 2015 (different exam/ certification, same credentialing agency), I used the candidate handbook and purchased the core curriculum. I also purchased practice tests from HPNA, which included 2 practice tests. I took the first one as I was beginning studying to identify areas that I needed to focus on and took the 2nd practice test about a week before my "real" test. I think I prepared for 4-6 weeks total. 

As for the areas represented, I seem to recall the candidate guide pretty much gave an accurate picture. I also know several other nurses who have taken the test and all of us had either different tests or different perceptions of what areas were more represented.

Good luck! I encourage any of my hospice colleagues to pursue certification. I learned a lot from studying for the test and I think it has positively impacted my practice. 

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matthewandrew has 7 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in Family & Palliative Nursing.

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I am currently enrolled in the CSU Insitute for Palliative Care course which will help me prepare for this exam. I have heard from friends who have taken this exam that the Core Curriculum book HPNA has is really the best thing to review before taking it.  

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On 3/30/2019 at 12:25 AM, matthewandrew said:

I am currently enrolled in the CSU Insitute for Palliative Care course which will help me prepare for this exam. I have heard from friends who have taken this exam that the Core Curriculum book HPNA has is really the best thing to review before taking it.  

I'm wondering how the CHPN core curriculum book would be the "best thing" to review for the ACHPN exam? The sample ACHPN exam has questions on ordering labs, etc., which are not reviewed in the CHPN Core Curriculum. Or were you referring to a ACHPN core curriculum book? Thanks

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matthewandrew has 7 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in Family & Palliative Nursing.

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8 minutes ago, db2xs said:

I'm wondering how the CHPN core curriculum book would be the "best thing" to review for the ACHPN exam? The sample ACHPN exam has questions on ordering labs, etc., which are not reviewed in the CHPN Core Curriculum. Or were you referring to a ACHPN core curriculum book? Thanks

Who said CHPN? Obviously, ACHPN core. 

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The first respondent, Vampire Girl, talked about using the CHPN core curriculum in this thread about ACHPN. I was tired and was confused about that and wasn't sure what I was missing.

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time2go has 5 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in Hospice and Palliative Care.

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I have the same concerns about this book.  There are, indeed, tons of typos but I'm going with the actual content, along with other things, because, well, can't hurt!

 

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@time2go I ended up buying the books and am currently studying

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