The NP Student Guide

Welcome to the NP Student Guide where you'll find resources that will help you while you are in NP school. NP school is hard, and ReNursing Edu is here to help you every step of the way. 

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Grad School is Hard

You'll soon realize the studying techniques that got you through nursing school may not be enough when you get to NP school. The volume of material you have to digest is like trying to drink from an open fire hydrant...it's a TON!

Figure out how you learn the best and see if it works for you in the grad school setting.

You may find that you need to form study groups to learn more effectively. Don't be afraid of forming a study group of like-minded classmates if that works for you. Just remember, study groups can be just as bit distracting as it is helpful if other students in your group are not focused.

 

 

Self Study 

Group Study

Study Tips

Group study may help cement concepts already familiar to you.


It can help you gain a better understanding when you are unsure of a concept.

You may focus better if your group plans on what to study with each session.


Keeping your group on the smaller size makes things easier so no one gets lost in the group during discussion.



Set a study schedule to stay on track to be more productive



Take a 15 min break for every 1 hour you study to help refocus


Consider using flashcards (index cards) to supplement your study.



Keep your study space in a neutral place to make sure it's quiet and without distractions




NP Clinical Resources

These are resources I have used as a nurse practitioner and find useful in my clinical practice. I've used each and every one of these resources at some point and time in my career and still have them in my personal library.  As a reminder, ReNursing Edu participates in affiliates and we may get compensated a small fee it you purchase any of these products.



Clinical Must Haves

ANCC

AANP

Which Board Exam Should I Take?

 Clinical-based questions




150 multiple-choice questions


135 are scored and 15 are "pretest"

3-hour time limit




Contains questions on clinical​​​ content, NP professional issues (Licensure, scope of practice, privileges) and nursing theroy


175 multiple choice and some alternate test question types such as drop and drag, hot spot, and multiple response

150 are scored and 25 are "pretest" questions


3.5 hour time limit​



Now that you're nearing the end of school, it's time to figure out which certifying board you use to take your boards. As an FNP or AGPNP, you can choose to test with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Both will get you the certification as a nurse practitioner and there is no need to take both. There are differences between the exams that may sway your decision one way or another. 

 

Testing done at PSI Testing Centers



Content breakdown: 35% patient assessment, 25% diagnosis, 21% planning and 18% evaluation


Cost: $240 for AANP members, $315 for nonmembers



Testing done at Prometric Testing Centers


Content breakdown: 21% assessment, 26% diagnosis, 43% clinical management, and 10% professional role

Cost: $295 for ANA members and $395 for nonmembers

Board Review Resources

You've made it through school and now you're ready to study for your board exam! This is a MAJOR milestone. While I don't advocate waiting until you are done with school before you start studying, I will point you in the right direction so you will do well on your exam! 


ANCC & AANP Exam Updates & News

Find the ANCC Updated FNP Test Content Outline (5/22/2019) here: http://bit.ly/2kDoTG0

Find the ANCC ANGP Test Content Outline here: http://bit.ly/2kenzcH

Find the AANPCB FNP Test Content Outline here: https://www.aanpcert.org/certs/fnp

Find the AANPCB ANGP Test Content Outline here: https://www.aanpcert.org/certs/agnp

AANPCB exams update blood pressure guidelines on exams to use 2017 ACC/AHA and JNC 8 read more here