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malenurse122879 MSN, RN

NICU, Pediatric Urgent Care
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    FNP Job market in Boise/Meridian?

    FNP in Texas considering relocation to Boise/Meridian area - trying to find average wages for FNP (in primary or specialty if you can give either) as well as what the market is like. The flood of new grads here are driving wages down. Tons of competition for the jobs that are out there.
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    Question about compact states

    Hello - I'm graduating in December with my FNP and I have a question. I have an RN license in a compact state (also in the new eNLC) - lets say I wanted to take a temporary assignment as an NP in Florida... would my compact TX license satisfy the RN license part and would I only need to send in an APRN application to FL? Thanks!
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    Passed AANP first shot - It can be done.

    I've been lurking the forums for quite a few months now - reading the other tester's stories and tips... So, I thought I'd return the favor and post mine. As of yesterday, 11/17/17, I passed the AANP certification exam first shot. Four weeks before graduation. 150 questions. Completed in 78 minutes. Back in April I purchased APEA's online review and watched Amelie cover the topics along with my courses when we were covering them in class - This simplified things and made it much easier to understand. I also bought six months of APEA's QBank. I started taking 150 question practice tests (about one per month) up until September - I was average in the low 70%'s at that time. Our school required us to buy it again (same thing) so they refunded a prorate on my own account. I took a few more quizzes in QBank. Our school made us take an APEA pre-predictor exam (made a 68% on it) and a post-predictor exam (made a 70% on it). I bought the Leik book, but never read it. I bought their phone app (FNP Q&A) and just took all of their practice questions. By the time I completed all 600+, my overall average was 73%. I took about four practice quizzes on BoardVitals and averaged a 72%. I also bought the PSI practice test and made an 80% on it (it's 75 retired AANP questions - some were still live on my test actually). I attended an APEA live review in Houston last weekend (11/12 - 11/14), got my authorization to test on the afternoon of 11/14, and signed up for the first open slot near me which was 2:30PM on Friday 11/17. I felt pretty good during the test. If the answer doesnt jump out to you, you can usually stop and think and figure out why most of the other answers are wrong or dont apply. READ CAREFULLY. Don't skim, don't be a "biter." Take deep breaths... roll your neck and crack it a few times... and don't stress.
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    Passed my FNP exam!! One week after graduating!

    OP - any chance you remember what you scored on the PSI? Thinking about taking it this week and curious what someone who passed boards scored so I can try to gauge. I'm hitting upper 70%'s on APEA 150 questions Qbank "Practice Tests" now so I think Im good - its just nice to check other measures.
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    Passed my FNP exam!! One week after graduating!

    Yes - I'll be taking AANP. Thanks for the tips. That's what I'm hearing from friends on content - lots of elderly and either heavy on pregnancy or peds. I have been doing the Qbank off and on since April along with my classes plus I'm doing Fitzgerald's review here in Dallas from 11/7 - 11/9 then doing APEA/Hollier in Houston from 11/12-11/14. Plan on studying hardcore the next week and testing the following Friday (black friday). Fingers crossed. I have the app for Liek on my phone which basically has all of her questions from the book. I'm yet to score below a 65% on any of the practice tests and I know the passing percentage for APEA is roughly 62.5% so I think I'll be ok. Just wondering what you've found to be MOST like their style. Thanks!
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    Passed my FNP exam!! One week after graduating!

    Congrats. I'm testing before graduation next month. Did you only try PSI and the APEA Qbank? Did you try board vitals or the fitzgerald bank with the review book? what about Liek? I've heard APEA qbank is nothing like boards questions. Thoughts?
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    Working during clinical

    I'm in my final practicum - 360 hours over 14 weeks. I'm in clinicals Monday through Thursday 7a-4p Friday from 7a-noon - work Friday 2p-11p (or later), saturday 10:30a-11p (or later) and sunday 10:30a-11p (or later). It's doable but sucks.
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    AANP FNP (Failed -> Passed!)

    Thanks for the writeup. Did you take the APEA review online or in seat? I graduate on 12/14 - I take Fitzgerald's live review on 11/7-11/9 followed by APEA on 11/12-11/14. I figure Fitzgerald will dig in too deep, Amelie will reinforce the main ideas, and I will test about two weeks after that.
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    No rehire !!!!!!!!!!

    Group One is actually not the force it once was. MANY employers have left it. Even Baylor has quit using them. I think the main ones left that use it are Childrens, THR, Nueterra (Cook's northeast hospital), and Parkland. I made an updated post about this a few months ago. Also, if you are listed as non-rehirable - after 7 years from your leave date, that information is removed. Like a credit report, it's considered "negative" information and falls off. They can only tell dates of hire and position held at that point.
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    Starting at UT-Arlington FNP August 14 th, 2017

    I'm the last group in their legacy program. It's been a disorganized cluster the entire program. At least three potential graduation delaying changes made in our last year alone.
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    Starting at UT-Arlington FNP August 14 th, 2017

    I graduate from their FNP program in December. Don't do it.
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    UT Arlington Yea or Nay?

    I'll tell you like I tell everyone else. If you have other options, take them. I'm graduating from their FNP on campus program in December - started out in their online version. Both are an utter cluster. I do feel prepared for boards, but not worth the undue stress that a consistent, organized program would provide.
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    Working as an RN while in FNP school

    I graduate in December with my FNP. I've worked 36 hours per week through the entire program and have taken full-time courses. While doing so I've also held a 3.5 GPA. It's very doable, you just have to make yourself take the needed time out of the week to study. I'd also recommend considering making a move to an urgent care so that you can actually see what you'll be doing and get a feel for what primary care is like. It also gives you the flexibility with your hours to work weekends and leave your weekdays open for clinical - at least it has in my situation.
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    Favorite Motivational Quote

    Be nice to nurses... we keep doctors from killing you.