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  1. eternalstudent328

    Passed AANP Exam June 2020

    @Sam S that is definitely a bummer you did not pass the first time, but keep your head up! While it may help you to do the in-person Fitzgerald review, I would recommend utilizing a different resource in addition to Fitzgerald content. I say this as different sources present the info differently and you may be able to learn/retain better as a result. I strongly recommend the Leik book and doing the review questions that come with it. I understand 2 weeks away may feel overwhelming to use a whole new resource entirely, but some of the information you should hopefully have some sort of grasp on, and won’t need to review as in-depth this time. In addition to Leik, any review questions will help you! These are good brain exercises without a doubt- even if you just do some of the ones from Leik (Do all of you can) or a different resource (aside from Fitz). GOOD LUCK!
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    Passed AANP Exam June 2020

    I just passed the AANP FNP exam and like many nervous test-takers, I scoured this site and the internet for any info. I found this site the most helpful so I felt it was my duty to keep paying it forward. Here is my experience/thoughts/etc. I will break this post into two parts: how I prepared and stuff about the test. How I Prepared Fitzgerald I graduated at the end of April and took a 2-day Fitzgerald review course. It was CRAZY. It was so fast and furious. At some points the presenter was going so fast I couldn't even take notes. Having never done anything like this before I initially thought "WOW!!, that was a lot of info, but great!" In hindsight, I would not recommend this. I felt the price tag (~$600) was outrageous for what you get. I left feeling like I wasn't prepared because they do give you too much information. I can appreciate the approach of better to over-study than under-study but again, these are just my thoughts. Knowing my test was in exactly 4 weeks I felt very overwhelmed. Also, the website review that is supposed to be done after the in-person review is just not good. The layout is not totally user friendly, you can only take practice quizzes a total of 2 times, and you must sequentially move through the chapters. This is to say that while they strongly emphasize you start studying your weaker areas first, their website is not laid out so you can do that! If you are weak on say, dermatology and skin stuff and that's chapter 8, you must first complete chapters 1-7. The review book that comes with this course is okay but again, I liked Leik better. Fitzgerald is also wayyyyyy into using mnemonics. I like these sparingly because it got to the point I couldn't keep them all straight. FNP Mastery Phone App I then bought the FNP mastery phone app to do practice questions. I like this app. It was inexpensive (~$30) and great that you can do them anywhere. Gives you answer explanations and you place each question into a category (know/somewhat know/don't know) so you can go back and review whichever category you desire. This would be the only thing I would say was probably unnecessary. I would find myself when I wasn't at home with little time to study so honestly what was the point. oh well. great app if you can use it. Leik I had ordered the Leik review on amazon but it took forever to finally arrive. Once it had, I was very glad I bought it. It was (~$50) and my brain could more easily wrap my head around how they presented information as opposed to Fitzgerald. Leik does say the more resources you use the better, but I think if you only use Leik you will be fine. I am not trying to poo-poo Fitzgerald, simply saying for me, and how I learn, Leik was better fit but Fitz does have great information, too (obviously)! Leik has a bunch of online practice questions (725 total I think). Do all of them- they'll def help. I think the book arrived about 2 weeks before my test so I studied about 5ish chapters a day and then did all of the practice questions over 2 days. Then I was able to go back and review weaker areas and continue to do practice quizzes. Practice Quizzes So I remember for the NCLEX I felt better doing quizzes to gauge where I was at and did the same thing this time. I tried an APEA test, PSI, and Exam Edge. They are all great options. I would recommend doing APEA earlier on in your studies because it highlights your weak areas in their scoring which is helpful. I did PSI 2 days before the real thing to get a feel for the testing layout. Exam Edge I would recommend getting with a classmate. It was ~$40 for 5 quizzes (they do offer different bundles) but more than this I think is overkill. You can do each Exam Edge quiz a total of 4 times. I felt each of these 3 options (APEA, PSI, EE) helped me prepare honestly. While taking the real thing I absolutely felt like some of the questions I had seen before however being that I did use so many resources I can't say where I felt like I saw them. All in all practice questions is a huge part of learning/studying because it does take some serious mental stamina to be able to do 150 questions in one sitting and have your brain do mental gymnastics bouncing from topic to topic. Passing the Test!! Nervous? Flag a Question I'm not sure if it was Leik that said this (she does give some great exam tips) but just an FYI for all you nervous folks: you can mark/flag as many questions as you like. If you do not mark a question you can still go back to it, just be sure you wrote down the question number otherwise it will obviously be hard to find. Time Can Be Distracting I could not figure out how to hide the time but it is so small it thankfully wasn't distracting. You are allowed one 5 minute break. Drug Names I would say 95% were generic drug names but I distinctly remember a question or two using ONLY brand names. Thankfully it wasn't anything too out there, or one you couldn't easily decipher the drug class, but yes both generic and brand names on the test! Lab Values Normal lab values were usually given for most of the questions, but I also remember the values changing slightly. So while on one question (for example) it would say normal MCV is 80-100, on another it would say normal MCV is 85-105. Not huge changes but just something I made mental note of. My apologies if this post is rambling. If you have other questions, I would be happy to answer as I will say I couldn't find many posts from 2020 while preparing. My mantra I kept telling myself is, "you are going to walk in an RN, and out an NP." Think positively!
  3. eternalstudent328

    Passed AANP exam June 2020

    //cross posted from NP student section// I just passed the AANP FNP exam and like many nervous test takers, I scoured this site and the internet for any info. I found this site the most helpful so I felt it was my duty to keep paying it forward. Here is my experience/thoughts/etc. I will break this post into two parts: how I prepared and stuff about the test. ***How I prepared.... 1)I graduated the end of April and took a 2-day Fitzgerald review course. It was CRAZY. It was so fast and furious. At some points the presenter was going so fast I couldn't even take notes. Having never done anything like this before I initially thought "WOW!!, that was a lot of info, but great!" In hindsight, I would not recommend this. I felt the price tag (~$600) was outrageous for what you get. I left feeling like I wasn't prepared because they do give you too much information. I can appreciate the approach of better to over-study than under-study but again, these are just my thoughts. Knowing my test was in exactly 4weeks I felt very overwhelmed. Also the website review that is supposed to be done after the in-person review is just not good. The layout is not totally user friendly, you can only take practice quizzes a total of 2 times, and you must sequentially move through the chapters. This is to say that while they strongly emphasize you start studying your weaker areas first, their website is not laid out so you can do that! If you are weak on say, dermatology and skin stuff and that's chapter 8, you must first complete chapters 1-7. The review book that comes with this course is okay but again, I liked Leik better. Fitzgerald is also wayyyyyy too into using mnemonics. I like these sparingly because it got to the point I couldn't keep them all straight. 2)I then bought the FNP mastery phone app to do practice questions. I like this app. It was inexpensive (~$30) and great that you can do them anywhere. Gives you answer explanations and you place each question into a category (know/somewhat know/don't know) so you can go back and review whichever category you desire. This would be the only thing I would say was probably unnecessary. I would find myself when I wasn't at home with little time to study so honestly what was the point. oh well. great app if you can use it. 3)I had ordered the Leik review on amazon but it took forever to finally arrive. Once it had, I was very glad I bought it. It was (~$50) and my brain could more easily wrap my head around how they presented information as opposed to Fitzgerald. Leik does say the more resources you use the better, but I think if you only use Leik you will be fine. I am not trying to poo-poo Fitzgerald, simply saying for me, and how I learn, Leik was better fit but Fitz does have great information too (obviously)! Leik has a bunch of online practice questions (725 total I think). Do all of them- they'll def help. I think the book arrived about 2 weeks before my test so I studied about 5ish chapters a day and then did all of the practice questions over 2 days. Then I was able to go back and review weaker areas and continue to do practice quizzes. 4)Practice quizzes. So I remember for the NCLEX I felt better doing quizzes to gauge where I was at and did the same thing this time. I tried an APEA test, PSI, and Exam Edge. They are all great options. I would recommend doing APEA earlier on in your studies because it highlights your weak areas in their scoring which is helpful. I did PSI 2 days before the real thing to get a feel for the testing layout. Exam Edge I would recommend to get with a classmate. It was ~$40 for 5 quizzes (they do offer different bundles) but more than this I think is overkill. You can do each Exam Edge quiz a total of 4 times. I felt each of these 3 options (APEA, PSI, EE) helped me prepare honestly. While taking the real thing I absolutely felt like some of the questions I had seen before however being that I did use so many resources I can't say where I felt like I saw them. All in all practice questions is a huge part of learning/studying because it does take some serious mental stamina to be able to do 150 questions in one sitting and have your brain do mental gymnastics bouncing from topic to topic. ***Passing the test!!.... 1)I'm not sure if it was Leik that said this (she does give some great exam tips) but just an FYI for all you nervous folks: you can mark/flag as many questions as you like. If you do not mark a question you can still go back to it, just be sure you wrote down the question number otherwise it will obviously be hard to find. 2)I could not figure out how to hide the time but it is so small it thankfully wasn't distracting. You are allowed one 5 minute break. 3)drug names: I would say 95% was generic drug names but I distinctly remember a question or two using ONLY brand names. Thankfully it wasn't anything too out there, or one you couldn't easily decipher the drug class, but yes both generic and brand names on the test! 4)lab values: normal lab values were usually given for most of the questions, but I also remember the values changing slightly. So while for example on one question it would say normal MCV is 80-100, on another it would say normal MCV is 85-105. Not huge changes but just something I made mental note of. My apologies if this post is rambling. if you have other questions I would be happy to answer as I will say I couldn't find many posts from 2020 while preparing. My mantra I kept telling myself is "you are going to walk in an RN, and out an NP." Think positively!
  4. eternalstudent328

    AANP Exam

    @LNB84 Do they use generic and/or brand names for the drugs on the AANP exam?
  5. eternalstudent328

    Drug Names on NP Boards

    I have seen/ read conflicting Information on what drug names are provided on the NP boards- specifically the AANP exam. Should we expect to see generic or brand names (or both)? Any and all advice on this would be great!
  6. eternalstudent328

    Any program graduations delayed or cancelled due to COVID19?

    My school has announced all classes will be moved to online format. Clinicals are very much in the air as while the school says to keep getting hours if possible, many facilities are limiting the amount of non-essential personnel allowed on site (including students). It is yet to be determined what this means for those graduating this year that have not yet met the required amount of clinical hours. No official announcements on the postponement/cancellation of commencement...yet.
  7. eternalstudent328

    Boston NP programs?!

    I would look into which of these programs finds preceptors for you (i.e., are CCNE accredited)
  8. eternalstudent328

    Finding Preceptors

    thanks for the reply and insight @umbdude. I definitely did not know that I guess I will keep trying and hoping it comes together for me
  9. eternalstudent328

    Finding Preceptors

    thank you for your reply @preciouspkgs! I went to the CCNE website and it looks like the program I am in is NOT accredited.
  10. eternalstudent328

    Finding Preceptors

    Looking for advice on how to find preceptors... Im currently an FNP student at a nursing school in the Boston area that does not help you find preceptors. While it is only April, I am very much stressing about this. We are supposed to start our clinical hours in September. Given the high saturation of students the few spots I know of are already taken. I am not originally from the area so I also do not have many personal connections to take advantage of. I have a car so I do not mind driving a little ways out (which is what I am assuming I will have to do), but how do I find these places. I asked one of the advisors at my school how they recommend I find these people and they suggested I drive around my neighborhood and just walk-in to offices with resume in hand and ask if they'll precept me???? This seems crazy to me and a sure fire way of how to NOT get a preceptor. Any and all suggestions would be very helpful; feeling like I'm going to flunk out due to no clinical hours. TL;DR: clinical are supposed to start in fall, I have no preceptors and am stressing it real bad
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    overnight preceptorship

    Hi, I am a senior in my nursing program and about to start my nursing preceptorship. I am looking for any and all advice nurses or fellow students have prior to starting? One concern I have, indicated in the title, is working overnights. I admittedly am not a night owl. I am nervous my lack of ability (lack there of only because I am still so green!) will really shine thru as I gradually grow more tired as the shift continues... Aside from general advice, any specific advice on how to best handle having to work overnights on occasion while on my preceptorship? Please and thank you for any and all responses!!!!
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