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Which review course is the best????

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APEA, Barkley's, or Fitzgeralds??? They all 3 say "they" are the best...... I am in the FNP program.. anyone have suggestions and when in relation to graduation is the best time to take the course....

BCgradnurse, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in allergy and asthma, urgent care. Has 12 years experience.

I took the Fitzgerald review for FNP about 2 weeks after graduation and tested about 6 weeks after that. I thought it prepared me well for the ANCC exam, which I passed. I still use the review book as a quick reference.

Thank you BCgradnurse, anyone else have any thoughts or opinions on the review classes??

amberfnp

Specializes in Plastic Surgery, ER. Has 10 years experience.

I have Fitz CDs and APEA (Hollier) CDs. I like them both. I think they complement each other. Some topics I think are covered better (or in ways I comprehend better) by one and then vice versa for others. They each have "hints" and pneumonics to help you recall information.

I have my final exam on Nov 29 and graduate in Dec. I am going to a Fitz review in Nov to hopefully help hit the highlights to review for the final. Depending on how that goes, I may do Hollier in Jan as she is coming local to me. In the meantime, I'm trying to do 10-20 review book questions/day.

I have Fitz CDs and APEA (Hollier) CDs. I like them both. I think they complement each other. Some topics I think are covered better (or in ways I comprehend better) by one and then vice versa for others. They each have "hints" and pneumonics to help you recall information.

I have my final exam on Nov 29 and graduate in Dec. I am going to a Fitz review in Nov to hopefully help hit the highlights to review for the final. Depending on how that goes, I may do Hollier in Jan as she is coming local to me. In the meantime, I'm trying to do 10-20 review book questions/day.

I totally see that you hven't graduated yet and I'm sure you have additional study plans, but wanted to reinforce that Fitzgerald warns *specifically* against studying by review questions. In my opinion they just mess with your brain! I think going to more than one review session is a waste of brain space and $$. Out of our class who took the Fitz class, all of them passed except 1 and I have no doubt that since he considered himself "almost as good as a doctor" that he just didn't study :uhoh3:.

Fitzgerald is good, but by no means all inclusive. I bought at least two other review books and woud sit daily for about 4 hours. I worked through a section in Fitz, another one in Lehne (forgot the exact spelling!) , make digital flashcards of things I had trouble focusing on, etc. and then would do some review questions. The next day I would do a quick review of what I had learned the previous day and then would add on a new section.

I have attended Fitz-and have the life Hollier review on CD. They do compliment each other-but Fitz is much more in depth than Hollier.

As the above poster noted--Fitz does warn against studying review questions. Leik is also a very good review book.

So to answer your question-I felt Fitz had a stronger review... If someone would have advised getting he CD's early on in school, it would have helped so much.

nursetim, NP

Specializes in ER, HH, CTICU, corrections, cardiology, hospice. Has 19 years experience.

I really liked and did well with Marye Kellerman's review.

Necessary Workshops Schedule

Very interactive. I liked her style of teaching. It is not for everyone.

has anyone taken the Barkley Review??

Christen, ANP

Specializes in Critical Care, Orthopedics, Hospitalists. Has 6 years experience.

I took the live Fitzgerald Review Course in Atlanta in April, graduated in May, took boards in....SEPTEMBER! Gah, it takes forever to actually test, but anyway. The review course was great. It offered concise, to the point, practical information on all the common stuff that we have all learned over the years in NP school. Going over pretty much everything we learned in NP school in 2 days really helped me realize that I knew a lot more than I thought I did, and helped me focus down on the areas I needed to work on. However, if you take the ANCC test (the adult one anyway), most of the test is the non-clinical, "fluff nursing" class stuff like ethics, scope of practice, etc.

That brings up another ball of wax, which test to take AANP, or AANC.. (think I got those initials right).. ?????

AANP is about 95 percent "exam room" type questions. ANCC is 50 percent theory, ethics, policy. (UGHH)

Christen, ANP

Specializes in Critical Care, Orthopedics, Hospitalists. Has 6 years experience.

What Blessed said. I took the ANCC cuz you can count other thinks like precepted hours, studies, etc into account for your mandated 175 or whatever hours, and not just CME's like the AANP requires. Plus I'm better at answering fluf / scope of practice / ethical questions. ;)

that I was not aware of the requirements for both for continuing ed.. there are so many little things.. about the testing, certifications.. that I just don't know..

Christen, ANP

Specializes in Critical Care, Orthopedics, Hospitalists. Has 6 years experience.

LOL! You'll be okay, promise! Every 5 years you have to renew your licensure with both certifying bodies. They each have different requirements at the moment, and by the time your 5 years comes around, the requirements may not be what they are now, so you have to make sure to keep up with that. :)

thanks Christen and everyone for posting!!.. I appreciate everything.. Lords willing I will graduate in May, I was thinking I would take a review course in January and another one in May (after graduation).. different ones.. hoping to be able to pass on my first try.. does that sound reasonable..?

nursetim, When you say her style is not for everyone what do you mean? I am trying to decide which review but wanted to attend a live session. Or if you have any audio from the session you want to sell please let me know. Thanks Or send me your email if you don't mind, I had a few more questions about the review.Thanks

1newFNP

Has 1 years experience.

I found marg Fitzgerald's CDs to be very helpful. I also use Leik FNP certif. review questions book and NP certification questions, 3rd edition (purple book) by Margaret Fitzgerald. I had no problem passing ANCC. I think, all of the above is more than enough for you to pass. Yes, lots of ethical and research questions on ANCC exam , but they were straight forward.

Good luck!

I graduated in December, took the APEA review weekend (Hollier) and tested in January and passed....I did review some of the Fitzgerald workbook and listened to quite a few of her CDs, which I found very helpful, particularly the ethical/cultural/legal CDs....I also bought multiple practice tests to do online, which I thought was helpful...