Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Intensive Review, Third Edition: Fast Facts and Practice Questions - Book and Free App – Highly Rated FNP Exam Review Book
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Doody’s Medical Review: 100 Points; 5 Stars (First Edition)
The third edition of this highly acclaimed review continues to promote efficient, time-saving study by synthesizing the complex knowledge needed to pass the exam into a concise, well-organized format. It is updated with key information about the new ANCC and AANPCB certification exams, including new test-format questions featuring photos of skin and eye conditions and EKGs, and more challenging drag-and-drop and multiple-choice questions. Also new to the third edition is more detailed information about nonclinical topics on the exam, including research, ethics, medico-legal issues, advanced practice law, health practices of various cultures, and reimbursement guidelines. One hundred new review questions throughout the book and on the practice exam―including answer key and rationale―increase the total number of questions to more than 700.
Designed to help FNP students boost their confidence through intensive review and high-quality questions, the third edition features succinct, precisely targeted “need-to-know” details of diseases commonly seen in primary care. It covers the entire life span from pediatrics through geriatrics, and offers extensive test-taking techniques and question dissection and analysis sections that provide strategies for identifying the best clues during the problem-solving process. Organized by body system, sections are consistently formatted and encompass Danger Signals, Normal Findings, Lab Findings, Benign Variants, and individual Disease Review topics for each system. Additional outstanding features include Exam Tips and Clinical Pearls that help to focus system study on key information.
- NEW TO THE THIRD EDITION
- Updated information reflecting the new FNP certification exam
- New test-format questions used by the ANCC, including photos of skin and eye conditions, EKGs, and more complex drag-and-drop and multiple-choice questions
- 100 new in-depth review questions for a total of more than 700
- Differential Diagnosis tables
- Additional information about nonclinical topics, including culture, spirituality, and health practices; evidence-based medicine; and more
- KEY FEATURES
- Provides a succinct, precisely targeted review of diseases commonly seen in primary care
- Delineates strategic “question-dissection techniques” for study success
- Includes Exam Tips and Clinical Pearls to help prioritize and interpret test content
- Outlines Normal Findings and Benign Variants in physical assessment of each body system
- Offers intensive pharmacology review
- Content available digitally via ExamPrepConnect for study on the go
- ExamPrepConnect Features:
- All the high-quality content from the book
- Personalized study plan based on exam date
- 700+ questions and answers with rationales―study by topic to identify your strengths and weaknesses
- Lessons and flashcards on key information and abbreviations
- Discussion board to connect with FNP exam-prep community
- Games to make studying fun
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I just took the FNP Certification Exam through AANP and passed using Leik as my primary source and the Barkley Review as a secondary source. Here is my evaluation of each and tips for how to pass the exam!!!!!!
I took the test in Jan 2018. I attended the Barkeley Review Live in-person review course for ~$400+, which included a comprehensive book, access to their review course online to review at your leisure, and a DRT, or digital readiness test in order to test whether or not your would pass the test if you took the certification exam today. Barkeley's materials and review course are VERY general and good for any new practitioner starting out, like me, because it really reviews everything you learned in school. The in-person review course was 2.5 days of 8-6 and one day of 8-2 of non-stop information overload. Looking back, I wouldn't choose to do Barkley again to prepare for the exam. The certification exam was extremely SPECIFIC whereas their material is very GENERAL and lacks testing techniques to help you pass. Barkeley does, however, help you feel prepared to begin a new job as a new practitioner.
I ended up putting away Barkeley's material and gravitating toward Maria Leik’s book and app when I felt like my DRT readiness score was only in the 60's after reviewing the Barkeley cd's, book, and in-person review material for literally 6 months straight for 8 hrs at a time- something had to be missing here. Leik's book is an easy read and extremely COMPREHENSIVE. In her first chapter, she actually explains the format of the test, how many questions to expect, and test taking tips, which are a life-saver during the exam. One tip that saved me was:
Use the MARK key often and liberally so you can re-read the questions you doubt. It Marked 50 questions and thought it was helpful. She also has an excellent chapter on how to effectively take the test- like write down all normal you see and write down things you want to remember during the exam while they give you the intro for 15 mins, etc. I found that helpful for the cardiac stuff, which I struggle with. It seriously helped me alleviate my extreme test anxiety I struggle with and remember vital information that was used repeatedly on the test, which I did not have to recite over and over again.
Note that if you purchase this book on the Kindle App, it does not contain the access code to her phone app, which I think is essential for passing this test, in my opinion; however, if you purchase the physical copy of the book, the code is included. Not a wise choice by the book producer- they told me they hope to rectify that soon when I contacted them. As of now, the app is called "FNP Family Nurse Practitioner Prep 2018" by Springer Publishing and Higher Learning Technologies, Inc. It cost $70, which includes the entire Leik book and 720 AANC and AANP prep questions, which you can customize to your weaknesses. I cannot say enough good things about this app! I really think it is one of the key reasons I passed this test because it is most similar to the testing situation. With the app you can test yourself with each question and mark which questions you do and don’t know and the explanations are clearly laid out and easy to remember. They are the same as the book, but it is more similar to the board exam mode. I don't recommend just purchasing the app alone because the book really should be utilized again and again to read and highlight and return to sections of material you want to refresh your memory of. However, the app is great for refreshing quick knowledge of easily forgettable things like the Rule of 9's.
In order to do well on the test, concentrate on elderly folks, not pediatrics the way Barkeley stresses. Barkeley was also wrong on almost every single thing they said that "everyone gets a question about this or that"- so not true. I did not get a single question they highlighted to remember in their live in-person review course or the audio cds. There was a ton of focus on geriatrics on my test in comparison to kids, which Barkley stresses.
Also do the ANCC practice test online. It is free. At least 1 question was verbatim the same on my examination!
I did not think it was easy by any stretch of the imagination though. There were a ton of medical terminology words that I have never heard of before even though I was a straight A student in my master's program, attended one of the top 5 nursing programs in the country, and have been in school for the past 7 years straight. Do not let that scare you though!!!!!!!! In my school at least, the professors taught us that drugs would be heavily emphasized on the test, I did not think that it was too bad. More commonly used drugs were used. However, what was tricky about the exam was
The test was more specific and gave a ton of distractors in each question. It was like two diagnoses could be EASILY be the right answer made from the description. I often felt like I needed more information in the question!!!! I thought it was tough to parse out. Take each question and read the question once or twice. Then you can usually throw out one answer and you are not certain about the last three- something that helped me was actually making tic marks next to each answer choice of which one was MORE right than the others. Did it sound more like varicella? Does it sound more like Herpes? And so on and so forth. It helped a little, esp. for STD's and dermatology.
However, at the end of the day even after feeling like I had no idea what was happening during the test and that the certification exam was not well excuted because too many questions had too many answer choices that sounded right based on the limited information in the scenario, I did pass. Don't be surprised if you don't get your score immediately in the testing room on your computer. I did not and I totally thought I bombed it. However, it was a computer glitch! Hopefully, some of these words I am passing on to you will help you take your test in confidence and not waste your money!!!!!
Anyhow, what i like about this book is that it gives you more information on the details of each diseases, which I think is so important for you to comprehend on the disease process. In addition, Leik also does a great job in giving you clinical pearls and important things to remember, not only for the exam, but also when you become a nurse practitioner.
Yes, I agree there are some errors in this book but there is not a perfect reviewer out there. The cost of this book is very affordable and it is information loaded. I highly recommend this book.
Tips for the exam:
To be honest, I just did an extensive 3 weeks review for my certification exam. I had to lay low on my second job, but just working my full time 3 12hrs shift. So during my 4 days off, I would just concentrate on reading as much info as i can. I usually read from 1 or 2pm till 12mn or 1am, but i make sure that before I read, I would run/jog or do some exercises to relax my brain and destresses my body. That I think is most helpful before the review. After I read the whole book, I did Leik’s questions, 30 at a time and I was downhearted coz I would always get below 70%, but there are times I would get over 90%. Those exams below 70% motivated me to do even better. I would re-read the info so I can understand it better.
The day I took the exam, I marked 114 unsure answers. Most of my questions are cardiac, pediatric, and geriatric. I had a very hard time at the exam and just going over to my marked numbers. As I went through to re-read the marked items, I caught myself changing some of my answers and that was the time I had to stop myself from changing answers because it was a pointless thing to do. I finished the exam with just 3 minutes, I felt beaten, exhausted, and thought I failed the exam.
I went out of the room and the proctor printed my preliminary results. It was two sheets and I told myself that that is why they were two sheets because it would tell me my weak points, but I was wrong.
So here’s my advice, 1. have a clear mind when you review, 2. stay away from things that stresses you. For me, I turned of my social media because I felt insecure seeing my classmates passed and it doesn’t do my any good at all.
3. Do exercises to destress your body. 4. Practice exam questions. 5. Have a real good sleep the night before the exam. 6. On the day of the exam, do not cram on reading the questions, read them carefully and mark the items you are unsure of ( do not be afraid to mark several of them). 7. Do not be afraid for God is with you always ( this really helped me a lot during the exam).
You can do it! I know you can. Cheers to your future success! 🥂
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