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I have the Mometrix Adult Health CNS guide. It's really not very good, but if anybody wants it, I'll send it to you for cost of postage (probably about $5). It may have some helpful stuff in it. PM me if interested.

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The new outline for the test is at:

http://www.nursecredentialing.org/PediatricCNSTCOs.aspx

I went through the Adult CNS outline point by point, most questions on my test were not so much clinical as other stuff such as leadership, research, etc. Unfortunately, the ANCC doesn't seem to have a review class for Peds CNS.

The book, "Foundations of Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice" by Fulton, Lyon, and Goudreau (2010) is reallly good, should help with some of the studying.

Good luck,

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I am scheduled to take this test next month. I am wondering how much time I need to spend reviewing clinical issues outside of my specialty ( CV) especially meds and labs. Or am I better off getting the Fulton book and go over the more the esoteric aspects of being an CNS

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I am scheduled to take this test next month. I am wondering how much time I need to spend reviewing clinical issues outside of my specialty ( CV) especially meds and labs. Or am I better off getting the Fulton book and go over the more the esoteric aspects of being an CNS

Well, I would definitely put the blueprint for the exam in front of you, and go through it point by point. Either research each point on the web, or in books. Many points are addressed in Fulton as well as the Hamric and Spross book, so both would be helpful.

My particular version of the test definitely addressed the esoteric aspects of being a CNS. Other versions may be different, however.

I would thing that as a CV specialist, you know your meds and labs pretty well.

Good luck!

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Hello,

I just took the Adult Pscyh and Mental Health CNS exam 2 days ago and failed! I couldn't believe it. I am so depressed as I had a job waiting for me once I passed. I had the Manometrix book, which was a waste of time. I bought the 150 questions and used the free 25 questions, none of which was similar to the test! I just signed up to take the Psych NP exam too, since they won't let me retake the CNS exam for 60 days. I just went online and ordered the Adult Psych NP review book from ANCC for $140 and also ordered a in home study course from Barkley for Family Psych NP, but it seems to have the same content as the CNS and NP exams. At least I will have 12 hrs of CD's to listen too. Some of the questions were totally crazy and I just couldn't believe I didn't pass. I had a A- average from grad. school! The past two days have been moping around and feeling depressed. Trying to be upbeat, but feel defeated and humiliated. I told so many people I was taking the exam!!!!

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Thanks for the suggestions...I will certainly look into both the outline and the book. I'm starting to feel like I need to get back to studying and take it again.

Thanks again!

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Hello,

I just took the Adult Pscyh and Mental Health CNS exam 2 days ago and failed! I couldn't believe it. I am so depressed as I had a job waiting for me once I passed. I had the Manometrix book, which was a waste of time. I bought the 150 questions and used the free 25 questions, none of which was similar to the test! I just signed up to take the Psych NP exam too, since they won't let me retake the CNS exam for 60 days. I just went online and ordered the Adult Psych NP review book from ANCC for $140 and also ordered a in home study course from Barkley for Family Psych NP, but it seems to have the same content as the CNS and NP exams. At least I will have 12 hrs of CD's to listen too. Some of the questions were totally crazy and I just couldn't believe I didn't pass. I had a A- average from grad. school! The past two days have been moping around and feeling depressed. Trying to be upbeat, but feel defeated and humiliated. I told so many people I was taking the exam!!!!

You have my sympathy and understanding...happened to me in January!...I needed time to let the anger go. It's fading now and I'm starting to feel like I want to try it again. I was really depressed too. I let a lot of anxiety build related to the cost of taking the test & 'what if I failed?'...and I did. I have decided that I'm going with the I don't care attitude next time! But I will study...I have trouble with multiple choice...close answers. The Mometrix book tried to help with that but I think it confused me more. Give yourself some time...

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Thank you for the encouragement. I applied to take the Adult Psych NP last week since our program you could take either the Psych CNS or NP or Both, so hopefully I will be able to take it again in 6 weeks. Otherwise they won't let me take the CNS again for 60 days! I feel I have to get right back and take it as my RN job is not in Psych. and I don't want to forget everything from school and all my clinicals. I will try to study differently. I mostly kept taking the mulitple choice questions over and over, I never looked at the blue print to see how the test was made up. I took the free 25 questions for the Adult Psych NP and 2 of the questions were on my CNS exam! Figures there were no questions similar to the ones from the CNS practice quesitons. I think even ANCC can't figure out Psych NP/Pysch CNS. I have heard that they may do away with the Psych CNS title over time (and just go with Psych NP) so all my other classmates took the Psych NP exam and passed! I had been in an Acute Care/Criticial Care CNS program prior so I was partial to the CNS name, but never had taken the boards for that master's program.

Good Luck to you, I think you should get right back in and take it. I think you were in Pedi Pysh if I recall, and I know there is a real need for Pedi Psych NP right now. I am praying that both of us will pass the second time around!!!!

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just an update, I got the name of Barkley and Associates and they have a multitude of review audio cd's/books and live conferences to attend. They had a Psych. Mental Health NP book and 9 CD's with 12 hours, the conference was this weekend in Chicago, but I was unable to attend. I have listened to 2 cd's so far and the information is great. It's a bit pricey, but I need to pass($300)! I am waiting for the ok to take the Psych NP exam hopefully soon and then I will try to retake the Psych CNS exam, but I can't take that for 60 days. Thanks to this site for the Barkley name. Also, Fitzgerald Associates has a free teleconference (webinar) this Thursday 9/15 from 8-9pm on how to prepare for the NP exam, although the focus I believe is on the FNP, but I figured it may be helpful and it's free.

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