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anxious about P/MHNP ANCC exam


I am scheduled to take th psych np exam june 17. I would be so grateful if anyone whom has taken it could give me any feedback regarding this monster. I have heard alot of people flunk it. I bought the Barkley cds/ home study guide, ANCC study book and went to the ANCC review last Oct. Which was a while back. A friend who is an FNP and went back to get her p/mhnp took it after going to barkley she failed it the first time. Someone she knew recommend taking the online ANCC review, which she did and passed the second time. I would like to know if anyone has found this course helpful, does it have test question samples etc. Any test tip advice would be so appreciated


Specializes in Psych, ER, OB, M/S, teaching, FNP. Has 10 years experience.

I can't give you advice on the exam, just to say good luck. I am a newly graduated FNP and am now in my post master's program for PMHNP. I have heard that many people fail and I wonder what their previous experience in psych was. I was a psych nurse in a state hospital for 5 1/2 years so feel pretty comfortable but I have met nurses that have never really done psych and go into a PMHNP program and really struggle and not pass their first time. Kind of like being a school nurse (or whatever) and going on to become an CNM with no OB experience. I think people that have never done any mental health think it is easy.

I plan to look for a review course when I graduate. I did the Fitzgerald one for FNP and felt it was worth it.

Good luck.

Hi sounds like you too have heard alot of people fail the exam. 10 years ago I passed both AANP and ANCC certification exams for FNP on first go. However this one I am nervous about due to the program I attended was significantly self directed. If anyone has heard of specific areas which have been hard on this test please please let me know thanks


Specializes in Psychiatry (PMHNP), Family (FNP). Has 20 years experience.

I think its all based on your experience. I did a dual cert. in FNP and PMHNP. My background was 10 yrs. or so of psych. and minimal medical experience. Took the FNP first, missed the first time by a few points, then passed. The ANCC PMHNP seemed like a breeze as I had all my experience to draw upon. I woulnd't say it was easy, but the experience I had sure helped! Best of luck to you!

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