Rathyen, MSN, RN, APRN, NP 2,747 Views
Joined: Aug 30, '08;
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You are training to do the same job as a physician. Literally.
I really think what matters is that you make sure you go to an accredited school. Getting a job afterwards is about passing the test and selling yourself.
I actually stopped my program once because I got a lot of the same responses when I was in Alaska. I happened to move to another state, and emailed just about every nurse practitioner I could find. It worked out in the end, I did a lot of networking.
I didn't. I just graduated FNP school, passed my test, and am working as a Family Nurse Practitioner. All of which was done through "for profit", "online" schools. I did my BSN and MSN through WGU. My post-masters cert through Kaplan, which is now Purdue Global.
Don't get me wrong. The test is hard. I credit my years of working private practice as an RN as to how I passed. The entire time I was taking it i was positive I failed. Read the questions carefully, and don't second guess yourself.
WGU. Cheap, accredited, finished in six months for my RN-BSN. 1.5 Years for my MSN.
I would to Kaplan university, which is now Purdue global. They're all about the same cost, just make sure the whichever you select is accredited.
My school did the Barkley review, and my scores were similar. Then I answered every single question in the Leik book, then took the test. Passed on the first try.
I have never seen an ad that said they wouldn't hire an FNP from a for profit school. I graduated from a for profit school, and had a job offer before I even took my exam. The exam I took 10 days after graduating, and passed. I believe it is more in how you sell yourself. Yes i had to find my own preceptors, but I can list three brick and mortar schools that require the same thing.
Yes. The DBQ forms will be endless. Since I messaged you, my company had decided not to continue with she exams, so I am not doing them at all. They just want very specific wording on your reports. They should provide you with plenty of sample documentations. I hope. Good luck!
I can tell you about C&P exams, I don't know about LHI. Many companies are performing them. Send me a private message if you want.
Thank you! I did work full time throughout the program. I already had a masters from another college, so I just did the post-masters cert. It took me just about a year and a half because I had trouble finding a preceptor once. I arranged my schedule at work so that I worked every Thursday-Sunday night shift, and then did my clinicals on Tuesday-Thursday. Basically, I was exhausted all of the time, but in the end, it's worth it.
I didn't do any live review. I had the printed Barkley and the newest Leik book. Took the AANP test 11 days after graduation (today), and passed.
Kaplan is a for-profit school as far as I know. It's my understanding that Purdue is acquiring them and that will change. Honestly, I don't think once you have your certification, and license, anyone is really going to care where you went to school as long as they are accredited. I had a job offer before I graduated from one of the clinics I precepted at, so I think it's all in how you present yourself.
Honestly, I couldn't afford a live review so I didn't even consider one. I graduated last week, and took the AANP test today (and passed). I used the printed Barkley review, because my school required it be purchased, and I answered every single question in the Leik book. I would really recommend the Leik book.
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