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    Anyone take the new version of PMHNP ANCC test?

    Did you look at the new test content outline? It is rather different from the old test content outline. One of the biggest changes was that the "Professional Role and Polices" questions have been de-emphasized. I looked on the website, and it looks like you cannot access the old test content outline any longer, so I am attaching it here. (I took the old test.) I found the purple book and the online/IQ questions to be the most helpful. I'm assuming they have updated the IQ questions for the new test, but I don't know that for sure. I don't know about Fitzgerald, but I can tell you I did not find the Barkley review helpful at all. I stopped listening to the recordings because I was not getting anything out of them that was helpful. I ended up not going back to them before I took my exam and I'm glad I didn't waste my time. BTW, the review book and recordings can be found used on eBay and Amazon for fairly reasonable prices. Test Content Outline.pdf
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    Changes to ANCC PMHNP-BC Dec.16th?

    They cannot do this. This is how they test new questions to determine if they will be placed in the test bank for the actual test (that counts toward your score). They get a lot of useful statistics about new questions this way. It could be disastrous if they simply released new questions into the official test bank and they counted toward your score from the get-go. A question could be poorly-worded, ambiguous, etc. Sometimes the only way to figure that out is to trial a new question and see how test-takers do with it.
  3. AtomicWoman

    Malpractice Insurance Co. Recommendations

    I have been with ProLiability for the last 8 years or so, but their customer service has gotten pretty unresponsive, which is aggravating. Anyone have a good experience with other NP malpractice insurers? Thanks!
  4. AtomicWoman

    Streamlined Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP Post-Graduate

    I am familiar with this program, although I have not gone through it. I know several people who completed it while working full-time. (Your workplace is also your clinical site, which works out nicely.) They all passed their boards with no problems. It is only 3 courses, with an approximate cost of $6,000 per course. The director of the Acute Care NP program is usually very responsive to emails, so I would recommend emailing her with any questions. Her email can be found here: https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/adult-gerontology/adult-gerontology-acute-care-nurse-practitioner/
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    Who wants to hire a graduate nurse at 55?

    I graduated nursing school at age 52. When I looked for a job as a new graduate BSN, I absolutely encountered age discrimination. (I will not go into the details.) It was very discouraging. I did eventually find that long-term care and sub-acute rehab (SNFs) seemed to like older nurses. They knew we older nurses have patience with geriatric patients and may very well have geriatric parents ourselves. However, several years later, when I looked for a job as a new graduate NP, my age was considered a big plus! I think that's because most of the patients were middle-aged and older and my employers figured I could relate to them. Which I can! Good luck! Keep trying!
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    I found the ANCC online questions to be the best prep, along with reading "Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Review and Resource Manual, 4th Edition" (the "purple book"). I know others found Pocket Prep helpful, but a lot of the questions are just plain lame and repetitive/variations on other questions. I did not find them overly relevant to the actual test questions. It's not a very expensive resource, so if you are looking for something to access during down time, I suppose it's OK. The ANCC exam was set for a fairly dramatic change in the middle of December 2019, so I can't speak to the changes, since I passed the old version.
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    PhD nurses educating DNP students

    Agree with this. I have been looking for a DNP program that will make me a better clinician. I want to take courses like super-advanced pharmacology and patho, advanced clinical decision-making, etc. I'm still looking... If anyone knows of such a DNP program, I'd love to hear about it!
  9. Don't call me a "physician extender". It makes NPs sound like medical Hamburger Helper! I will not even respond to a job ad that uses that term. It speaks volumes about the culture of the employer if they think of NPs and PAs as "physician extenders".
  10. AtomicWoman

    What's the least saturated specialty in APRN?

    That is literally one of the saddest things I have ever read on AN, and I have been here for over 10 years.
  11. AtomicWoman

    Adding second CRNP specialty in Pennsylvania

    Answering my own question, for anyone else who needs to know. The answer is yes, you have to go through the whole process again, including criminal background checks from every state you've lived in, worked in, or went to school in. (Alternatively, just the state you live in and then an FBI criminal history check. The BON automatically submits your info to the Pennsylvania State Police system for a background check when you submit your application.) Pennsylvania treats a second specialty as a new, entirely separate license. There is no process for speeding things up because you are already licensed with your first specialty. Also, your prescriptive authority is tied to a specific specialty. So if you are going to prescribe medications with your new specialty, you will need to do an additional prescriptive authority application.
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    Authorization to prescribe Pennsylvania

    Just updating this for anyone who has the same question. I talked to someone at the BON this morning and they told me current processing time for Prescriptive Authority applications is 20-25 business days.
  13. AtomicWoman

    Do you have your own malpractice insurance?

    I have had my own malpractice since I was a BSN student. I would never be without it. One of my BSN instructors was an RN/JD who represented plenty of nurses. She told us that if the circumstances are right, an employer will throw an employee under the bus. And then you're stuck -- the lawyer works for the employer, not you. Just my opinion, of course.
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    FNP in Hospital Setting

    Agree with the others about scope of practice issues. Did you receive training in weaning vent patients and taking care of other critical patients in your FNP program? How is your scope of practice as an FNP defined by your state Nurse Practice (or similar) Act? Around here (Philly area) most, if not all, hospitals no longer allow FNPs to work in the ED or round in the hospital unless they get a post-Master's in acute care. You may find your malpractice insurer to be reluctant to extend coverage for your new activities.
  15. AtomicWoman

    Would you stay?

    "the medical assistants have attitude - one doesn't speak with me because she feels she is the provider and when initially i was working she would literally argue with me in regards to who should be seen or not......" I would be out of there like yesterday. That sort of situation is intolerable, IMO.
  16. AtomicWoman

    Adding second CRNP specialty in Pennsylvania

    Has anyone added a second specialty to their CRNP license in Pennsylvania? I'm already licensed for Adult Health and I want to add a second specialty (just finished a program and passed my certification exam). There is so little information on the BON website about how to do this, and when I call the Board, I'm on hold forever. No luck emailing. I know they need an application and verification from my school and ANCC, but do I have to go through the criminal background check again? Thanks!

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