9 Tips For Surviving Nurse Practitioner School

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by Michael M. Heuninckx Michael M. Heuninckx

Specializes in Emergency Department.

With only one semester left in NP school, I thought it would be fitting to share some of the lessons that I learned as an NP student. The school is tough, but in the end it will be worth it. Hopefully these tips will make NP school a little less painful, easier to manage and something that one day you will look back, stand tall and be proud of your accomplishment.

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littlepeopleRNICU

littlepeopleRNICU

Specializes in NICU, telemetry. Has 7 years experience. 476 Posts

SnowShoeRN said:
I have both Leik's FNP review book as well as Fitzgerald's FNP books both 3rd and 4th edition. I used Fitzgerald's 3rd edition book when I was in school (right before her 4th came out) to help me study certain areas as we were learning them in our primary care lectures. I also went to her review course at the beginning of May and got a book she handed out to attendees as well as purchased her 4th edition. I think having her book as well as Leik's is great because Leik's is really dense and practical with a lot of info broken down really succinctly in addition to 600+ practice questions. Leik also has really good concrete tips for the types of questions to expect as well as things to look out for in a clinical setting. BUT, the edition I have (and I'm not sure if she's made a new one) is from 2010 I think. So some of the screening tools, goals, parameters, recommendations, etc are out of date. I still love it. You just need to watch for that.

Fitzgerald's is great too though because there are practice questions at the beginning of every topic to test your knowledge before you read about it, plus she covers the info more broadly. There is also some stuff she doesn't cover, but Leik does and vice versa. I can't speak to Barkley or Hollier, but I'm liking the books I'm using now. In any event, I may be changing my tune if I fail my exam in a couple of weeks, but here's hoping I pass. ?

Thanks for the info!

littlepeopleRNICU

littlepeopleRNICU

Specializes in NICU, telemetry. Has 7 years experience. 476 Posts

MallysMama said:
Is it an AG acute care or AG primary care book?

I've heard that Barkley himself is a practicing ACNP. I feel more comfortable using a book written for a specific specialty by someone actually in that specialty.

It doesn't specify either way, in the title or description of the book. Here's the link to it on Amazon.

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certification Intensive Review: Fast Facts and Practice Questions, Second Edition @ Amazon.com

littlepeopleRNICU

littlepeopleRNICU

Specializes in NICU, telemetry. Has 7 years experience. 476 Posts

If it's full of mainly the nitty gritty basics, I'm sure it wouldn't be exactly pointless for acute care and could easily transfer over from primary...but just wondering if anyone here had experiences with it that were good enough to recommend it.

OBigdog26, MSN, RN, NP

Has 8 years experience. 248 Posts

Thanks SnowShoe for your post. It has helped me out tremendously. Now, I just need to find those books you mentioned used instead of new. Poor graduate student problems.

Sent from my iPhone using allnurses. Pardon for any misspelled words, I blame it on auto-correct.

MallysMama

MallysMama

Specializes in ICU. Has 6 years experience. 281 Posts

littlepeopleRNICU said:
It doesn't specify either way, in the title or description of the book. Here's the link to it on Amazon.

In the description it does say ANP (which is primary care). But still seems like a helpful tool on lots of topics!! Thanks for sharing.

Michael M. Heuninckx

Michael M. Heuninckx

Specializes in Emergency Department. 17 Articles; 43 Posts

Currently in my program we are using the latest edition of Margret Fitzgerald's NP exam review. Something though that the director of my program is recommending to us as well, is a review course by the Advanced Practice Education Associates: A Nurse Practitioner Company, here is a link to their web site NP Students My plan is to use both of these resources and to do a whole bunch of questions and really divining the why and root of the questions to fully understand the concepts.

GOOD LUCK!!!

Michael M. Heuninckx RN-BSN

rn2728

rn2728

32 Posts

Thanks for the advice just started and will definitely look up those apps