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ANCC Mental Health Nurse Certification

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Specializes in Mental Health-BC.

Does anyone know how long it takes ANCC to review your application and send the authorization to test after submitting it online? Also, does anyone have any current advice about the certification test itself? I see that they will be changing it up after October 25, 2014.

Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

It's been a few years since I did it, but it took me about a month to go from application to ATT.

chevyv, BSN, RN

Specializes in Gero Psych, Ortho Rebab, LTC, Psych. Has 20 years experience.

I took the test a few months back. They reviewed my info in less than a week. It was fast and seemed to take less time than it took me to get it all together :)

I posted about passing in another post. I stated what I used to study. I would use the same book now. The test itself, to me, was much easier than I anticipated. Just remember ABC's, and safety are number one. When a questions asks "What would you do?" It wants an action type of answer, charting something (for example) is not doing something for safety.

GingerySnaps, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatric Mental Health. Has 26 years experience.

I'm taking the test this coming Wednesday. Do you find out if you have passed before you leave? Are there many questions regarding theory or research?

Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

I'm taking the test this coming Wednesday. Do you find out if you have passed before you leave? Are there many questions regarding theory or research?

Unless things have changed since 2011 when I took it, they'll tell you whether you've passed when you finish.

As far as what type of questions are on it, I know they did a major revamp of the test since I took it so I can't help you on that. Best of luck!

chevyv, BSN, RN

Specializes in Gero Psych, Ortho Rebab, LTC, Psych. Has 20 years experience.

Yes, they give you a print out when you check out. Good luck and let us know!!

I recall some theory but a lot on ABC's and as a mental health nurse, safety is right up there.