adult psychiatric cns ancc test- Passed

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took this saturday after being out of school for 15 years. I did the online review course offered by ancc and barkleys for psych nps. I think the ancc course helped a little more since I have been working as an np and doing meds and therapy so I knew most of that stuff. Passed, although I was sick as a dog. I figured I would take it and if I could not pass because of sickness at least I would know what was what with the test. You have to cancel 5 days before taking the test in order not to forfit fees. :D

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traumaRUs, MSN, APRN

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That's fantastic! Congratulations!!!

deb18

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thank you. I just wanted people to know what I used to study. It may be helpful for them.

Whispera, MSN, RN

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way to go! I remember that test....difficult! congratulations!

jpRN84, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Psychiatric, Detox/Rehab, Geriatrics.

Congratulations! Right now I'm torn between going for Psych CNS or Psych NP. In my state, PA, Psych CNS's cant prescribe meds, and therefore there doesn't seem to be many job offerings because of it. Oh what to do...

deb18

36 Posts

Thank you. Some programs offer both options in one. With the CNS tract you may do more in management and teaching and with the NP track more in med management. It depends on your goals. CNS allows for more therapy, but those positions are few and far between. Also look at the state you want to practice in. Good luck.

jpRN84, BSN, RN

123 Posts

Specializes in Psychiatric, Detox/Rehab, Geriatrics.
Thank you. Some programs offer both options in one. With the CNS tract you may do more in management and teaching and with the NP track more in med management. It depends on your goals. CNS allows for more therapy, but those positions are few and far between. Also look at the state you want to practice in. Good luck.

Thanks Deb,

I really don't want to prescribe meds, and I am way more interested in doing therapy. But in Pa, where I live, most of the jobs out there are for Psych NPs and not Psych CNSs, as most companies want the NPs that can do med management, as in PA only NPs can prescribe and CNSs cant. Plus most people want to hire professionals that they dont have to pay much to do therapy. It's sad. So, it sounds like Im going to have to do the Psych NP thing as I might have a very hard time finding a job as a Psych CNS.

jlhs1969

9 Posts

I just took the certification last month after being out of school for 14 years:) It was a tough test. I reviewed Psych Notes, Clinical Pocket Guide and took the ANCC online review. I believe that as we proceed with health care reform, the CNS, and all APRN's, will be in more demand. If looking for a CNS position, don't forget about the VA.

carol6001

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Which test is harder, CNS or NP for psych? I need it for a Medicare number only.

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