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    PMHNP Boards-2020

    The test was VERY random and most were testing your ability to critically think. I found the psychopharm questions to be really straightforward and would not spend much time on going over this. The psychopathology questions weren't bad either-difference between delusional disorder/schizophrenia/shizophreniform,brief psychotic d/o--If you do pocket prep and board vitals your will do fine on this. I would get Board vitals and do ALL the "easy" and "medium" level questions on policy/ethics/legal/theory/therapies because these are the areas that most people (including myself) struggle with and felt this was the majority of the exam. I thought BV questions were incredibly helpful in these areas and I would highly recommend. I would also know hypo/hyperthyroidism inside and out including tsh/t4 levels+ what primary vs. secondary hypothyroidism labs look like, also symptoms. The only medical stuff I had was thyroid stuff. I would know Piaget/Freud/Erikson stages inside and out- I had at least 5 questions on these-this was covered really well on board vitals. Know NMS/Serotonin syndrome and tx like the back of your hand. Know the different types of neurocognitive diseases and major symptoms of each-FTD, delirium etc and how to score a MMSE and what to do for each section of the MMSE (what does serial 7 assess). I had a few questions on childhood disorders such as ADHD, ASD, Tourettes-again BV was great for childhood d/o.
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    PMHNP Boards-2020

    Hi everyone, I passed my PMHNP boards today and frequently visited the site to figure out study materials/ tips and I wanted to pass along some knowledge. study materials - so I used the purple book and pocket prep together. I would read two chapters and then do 50-100 questions every day until I worked through the book and answered all of the questions. Luckily, pocket preps questions are directly from the purple book and rationales had direct page citations so it was a nice way to move through the book and reinforce topics. I worked through these before board vitals. The ANCC iq questions were pretty good and probably most resembled the board questions. I would recommend saving these until the end. board vitals- I heard mixed reviews regarding this source from numerous people, but I found this to be super helpful. I only did the easy and medium level questions when constructing my practice exams because the “hard” were basically impossible. The ethics/legal/policy were especially helpful. Overall I would highly recommend doing this once going through pocket prep and the purple book Lantern review- I got this kind of last minute and would not buy this product. Again heard mixed reviews but I would not use this. A lot of the topics were too basic and others too random. IMO I would skip this. -advice: do pocket prep and pp to get a solid foundation then work through bv. Also, make sure to do practice exams that are 175 questions under timed conditions. Also, make sure to hit your “checkpoints” on time during the exam- after 1 hr should be in the high 50s, 2 hrs should be at 100-110 and so forth. I’m usually a fast test taker and only had 3 minutes to spare - for the exam itself, I had quiet a few NMS questions, ethics/ QI/policy stuff. I felt the questions were pretty random. Also, make sure to hit what part of the assessment gets documented in which section- though process, where to document SI. Dementia was big. Screeners-phq, cows, ciwa.
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    NCLEX-RN 2016

    I found out this morning I officially passed! How did the exam go for you?
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    CRNA from University of Akron

    Hello all, I am looking to start applying to CRNA school and was considering akron since I live in ohio. I have tried searching this site for CRNAs who have attended this program, but have found very little. I know the interview is grueling, but I would like to know what you think the strengths and weaknesses of this program are. I attended the University of Miami's (the one in Florida)accelerated BSN program and it was a nightmare ...So I would like to do a little research before I commit all my time and efforts to a certain program..Some questions I have..How were the professors/classes/exam, how was your clinical experience, how were your preceptors, did you feel that akron prepared you for the real world, did the program really have your best interest in order to help you succeed? Any responses would be awesome because I am sure there are others who would love to know as well.
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    NCLEX-RN 2016

    Hello all, I have been using this site for the past couple of weeks in order to figure out how to tackle the NCLEX, so i figured I would return the favor and share my thoughts/experience. I graduated in December, and tested this morning. I got 75 questions and got the good pop up. I studied for about 3 weeks and here is what I did 1. Kaplan qbank- I did all 1300 questions and went over the rationales. I thought these questions were challenging and did a good job of presenting the material. I used this to structure my studying so when I got a question regarding something such as FHR , I would go into the saunders book and jot down the important stuff on a word document and also copy and paste the question. I did this for the majority of the questions, and this allowed me to organize questions/notes and made for an amazing guide. I think my averages were between 60-75% 2. Kaplan qtrainer- I found these on quizlet and did trainers 6&7. These questions were also challenging. I averaged around a 65% 3. Lacharity delegation- Since there was a lot of "which PT would you see first" or "an OB nurse has floated to your med surg floor, which PT would you give him, I would recommend this book. However, I found these questions to be much simpler than the nclex, but it was still good practiced nonetheless. Qbank and qtrainer had more difficult delegation/priority questions 4. Suanderes NCLEX for a reference My overall thoughts on the NCLEX was that it was much more difficult than any nursing or hesi exam I have ever taken. People that previously graduated from my program told me the exit hesi was harder than the NCLEX but I thought it was night and day. The questions were all over the place, and it was difficult to differentiate between the answers. I thought the exam was more detailed than I thought it was going to be, and some of the select all that apply were brutal. My advice: 1. Do as many questions as you can possibly get your hands on and go through the rationales. The more questions you do the better off you will be. At first it will feel like you're getting nowhere, but after you have done 1,000+ you will start to realize how much knowledge has come back to you. 2. Priority questions- Do as many as you can possible find. The more the better. I had at least 15 questions in regards to which Pt to see first 3. Isolation precautions- Know them inside and out because you will get them. Know what PPE to wear for each, which PT requires a negative pressure room etc. Memorize these, and do as many isolation questions as you can find. Qbank had a good amount 4. I have read some posts on here about people reading the entire Saunders book and let me tell you that is a big big mistake. The best way to study for this exam is to do practice questions and let the questions guide your studying. The book is literally 1,000+ pages, there is no way you could possibly remember all of that and be able to apply it to an in depth question. 5. Other than these tips, there is really no way of knowing what will be on your exam. I heard people say they had tons of OB vs. others who had tons of psych or peds so don't spend too much time memorizing drugs or going over every little thing because there is no way to be completely prepared for this test. I felt like I over studied but wanted to make sure I passed. Good luck to you all
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    University of Miami CRNAs 2016

    Not sure about the CRNA program but I recently graduated from the accelerated BSN program at UM.... It was a disaster. I despise this school with all my heart and when I eventually apply to grad school I will never apply here.

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