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    ANCC-FNP Exam- new test version 4/7/2016- PASS

    My scores were in that range as well. Those questions are brutal!
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    ANCC-FNP Exam- new test version 4/7/2016- PASS

    For those of you saying no one is talking about ANCC exam recently - not sure how much has changed, but the first post in this thread is very reflective of the test I took in June
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    ANCC-FNP Exam- new test version 4/7/2016- PASS

    I passed ANCC in June. If you look through posts, some others have posted quite detailed explanations of the test. I'll tell you - Board Vitals, live or online review class, and Fitzgerald's review book. Board Vitals has tons of leadership questions in the test bank. Know research types cold - I had 5 or 6 questions on it. Clinical questions were very straight forward, not tricky like AANP questions. Use the strike out function to get rid of wrong answers. If you can answer the questions on Board Vitals, you are golden! They were very difficult - ANCC questions were quite easy compared to them!!
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    ANCC-FNP Exam- new test version 4/7/2016- PASS

    I attended Fitzgerald's live review, read her other review book cover to cover, glanced through Liek, and used Board Vitals. Passed ANCC on my first try in June. If you are able - attend a live review (Fitz, Hollier, Liek) - if uable, sign up for an online review. If taking the ANCC, I can't stress enough - you need to know research, risk management, leadership issues cold. Use the strike out function to get rid of wrong answers. I didn't find it difficult - but Dr Fitzgerald told us - if you don't find the test difficult, then you are well prepared for it. Good luck all - you can do this!
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    How long did you study for?

    I studied for about 6 weeks - did Fitzgerald's live review a couple of weeks after graduation and then her online content over the next 2 weeks. Helped me to zero in on where I needed to study further. Took the ANCC exam and passed on my first try. If you take ANCC, don't gloss over epidemiology, risk management, research, leadership, etc. Nothing tricky about the ANCC exam, clinical questions very straightforward. Don't continually review what you know cold -- focus on areas you are having problems recalling. I used Board Vitals to practice board-type questions. BV's questions are HARD! Exam was much easier!!!
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    ANCC fnp exam and cranial nerves

    Did not see one question on cranial nerves on ANCC :)
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    ANCC exam help

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    Passed ANCC 8/23!

    Congratulations!! It wasn't difficult because you were prepared!
  9. I graduated with my MSN at 55. Age is just a number!!!
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    Passed FNP ANCC July, 2016!

    I passed the ANCC FNP exam in June. Clinical questions were very straightforward.
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    Passed FNP ANCC July, 2016!

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    Passed AANP!

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    Passed the ANCC AGPCNP

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    Failed ANCC FNP certification exam

    Body system a day - review it thoroughly. Then start answering questions on that system. Go back and review what you didn't understand - answer questions again. On to the next system. Don't waste time reviewing systems that you have a good knowledge base on -- review the ones you don't know! ANCC has a lot on leadership and professional issues - research, risk management, etc. You probably won't find that in your class texts. I used Fitzgerald - and her review and review book covers it pretty well. Also looked through Leik and and used BoardVitals as a question bank. If you haven't taken a live or online review - that might be in your best interest. I did Fitzgerald, but Hollier, Leik and Barkley all have review programs. Good luck! You can do this!!
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    Passed ANCC Exam 6-8-2016

    I did a body system a day. Read my review books, consulted patho and physical exam texts if I had questions or didn't understand something. Then I did questions on that subject. Back to review as needed - then on to the next system. Devoted a lot of time to professional issues, research, etc. Studied for a couple of hours, took a break and then back to it. Usually around 6 hours per day. Last couple of days before I tested, I actually took it pretty easy. Found I was getting things jumbled around in my head - knowledge and fact overload! Night before I tested, I went back and looked at research, professional issues, etc. Felt good that morning - late for my appointment due to a wreck on the interstate ... LOL. But, felt good once I finally got in and sat at the computer. Pay attention to the instructions - they tell you how to strike out answers and highlight. I used the strike out feature a lot. Seemed to help me focus in on the correct answer.
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    Failed ANCC FNP certification exam

    I'm sorry your experience wasn't the same as mine. Take it Dr Fitzgerald was not the presenter? She made it very interesting - and added a lot to the book outline. Our hotel was fantastic - and not one I could afford to stay at otherwise (Boston Back Bay area). I don't think you can access the online review until after you complete the live review - and if you don't stay for it ... not sure you can access it? I'd call Fitzgerald Health Education Associates - and tell them about your experience.
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    Failed ANCC FNP certification exam

    Something I forgot - with your Fitzgerald review - there are a bunch of online resources you should look through that aren't directly accessible from your online learning modules. Look for the tab marked Resources on the side under the NPxpert tab. Lots of information she doesn't directly touch on in depth but you will run into on boards. Do all the extra's she provides -- people that fail boards after using her live or online review usually haven't completed extra materials. Good luck!!!
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    Failed ANCC FNP certification exam

    I used Fitz live review and her blue book. Glanced through Leik - some good quick facts there. Tried the APEA q-bank but found the majority of those questions are in Hollier's FNP certification review book - so not worth the money for me. Only online question bank I did was BoardVitals - and they are brutal! I reviewed a body system a day - using Fitzgerald, Leik. Went to BoardVitals and answered questions on that system. If I found I was missing quite a bit - back to review using other sources, mainly my Bates book from school. Derm - the Habif book was my bible. Also have it on my Ipad ... so I could pop on and review different derm presentations. Ortho - my kryptonite!! Used Bates, Fitzgerald, and Hoppenfeld (I think is the author - old book, but is the bible for ortho) - it's green and I believe first published in the 1970's! Peds/pregnancy/women's and men's health - all from Fitzgerald and reviewing class notes and texts. All the leadership information I used came from Fitzgerald, Leik and on BoardVitals. Know the hierarchy of clinical research!!! You will do fine - just listen to what Dr. Fitzgerald talks about. Several questions on the exam were pretty much word-for-word from her live lecture!
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    Passed ANCC Exam 6-8-2016

    Congratulations! I passed the ANCC FNP exam today! My study guides were the Fitz blue book, and her live review. Glanced through Leik and did a few questions. Did not like the Hollier APEA book - but did use it to study for the predictor exam I had to take in school. Did questions on BoardVitals -- if you can answer them, the ANCC exam is a walk in the park!!!!
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    Failed ANCC FNP certification exam

    I passed the ANCC FNP exam today! Really didn't find it that difficult - but I have been studying for the past 2 years in preparation for today!! Have to say that Dr Fitzgerald's review and her other book were the keys to my passing. Lots of leadership questions - know research, policy, culture, ethical principals. Majority of questions were very straight forward - a couple I had to read several times to try and figure out just what question was being asked. Hopefully those questions were part of the non-graded section because they were very poorly written. Done is about 2 hours - but I have always been a fast test taker. Use the cross out function, very helpful in trying to zero in on the correct answer when unsure.
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    ANCC FNP exam: My experience

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    Any recent grads from Fronteir FNP program?

    You are going to devote a minimum of 33 hours of study time per week no matter what school you attend! Not a Frontier grad - but a friend of mine graduated from there. She worked prn, but did not need to work full time (lucky girl!). I worked full time, attended my program on a part time basis, and just graduated in May. Difficult, but it can be done.
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    FNP Board Exam Preparation

    Congratulations on your graduation!! 1. I suggest you look at each test blueprint - available on the AANP and the ANCC test sites. Which test do you believe your course of study prepared you for? 2. I took the live Fitzgerald review - and I liked it. I am also using BoardVitals for questions - they divide their questions geared toward each specific exam. 3. Some of the information from Fitzgerald live review can be found in her book, but the live review material is more extensive. She also has a lot of online resources that are part of the live review course. 4. I am using the live review, Fitzgerald book and Leik. Also doing BoardVitals questions for ANCC exam. 5. There are several books tailored to ANCC exam - their horribly expensive ANCC FNP review books (not worth the money, information can be found elsewhere). Not sure about the AANP exam - although I think Hollier and the APEA q-bank questions are more closely aligned with AANP vs ANCC I tend to try and over-prepare for anything - but don't pick so many different resources that you are bouncing all over the place trying to study. Review the books, answer the questions. Consult other source material when you aren't clear on rationales. Go back, and review again. Then start answering test bank questions. If you find there are specific questions you are answering wrong - go back and review that section again. Good luck to both of us!!
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    Fitzgerald review course

    I was also at the Boston review - and it got chilly at times. Sweater is a must.
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    Can I ask to work exclusively day shifts?

    I spent 17 years as a Respiratory Therapist .. and worked nights, weekends, holidays and had night call when working day shift.