PNP Exam-I PASSED! Part 1

Updated: Sep 27, 2020

Over the next few blog posts I will be talking about my study materials, my favorite question bank, test prep and my study plan! Below is a quick recap.

Study materials

· Burns textbook

· PNP Certification Guide by Silbert-Flagg and Sloand

· My personal study guide

· NAPNAP Cert Review Course


Question Bank

Boardvitals (see below for more DEETS!)

Timeline 2020- From application to certification & licensure

· Spring 2020: Last semester of PNP program

· Mid-March 2020: Registered for the exam on PNCB & sent in application to California BRN (Board of Registered Nurses) for my NP license & furnishing number

· April 22: Comprehensive Exam

· May 21: Graduated

· Early/Mid June: Started looking at PNCB website to outline study plan with all intentions to start studying without a test date so I could be ready.

· Actually, didn’t start studying bc Eric & I decided to elope: June 27 <3 lol

· July 2: Transcripts sent from university to PNCB via email & mail (this is when I got a little more into studying)

· July 14: Email verification to sign up for test

· July 29: My official California NP license & Furnishing Number were posted on CA Breeze website

· ….3 weeks of studying full time hours & working full time…

· August 7: Took the Exam: & PASSED!!!

· August 7: I PASSED!!! YES, I found out the same day

· August 11: Official email from PNCB with Primary Care National Certification that I passed

· *Note: As you can see, in the State of California and students who attended an accredited CA university, we receive our licenses BEFORE we are nationally certified. I don’t have a timeline for those who have to get nationally certified before receiving their NP license. Please look up your individual state and university’s policies and procedures for the exact process that I cannot offer here!

A little bit more about BOARDVITALS

Full transparency: They gave me access to the PNP question bank so I could use it to study & give you guys a review on my Instagram page. That means I am #affiliated with them for a certain period of time! I do not get paid money for this blog post and my discount code does not give me commission if you use it! I like to be fully transparent and honest with you all and only recommend products that I have personally found useful!)

Using a question bank was VITAL for me (lol no pun intended @BOARDVITALS) because I had already seen the questions from my other study materials while studying for exams in school.

BOARDVITALS quick breakdown:

· Full transparency: They gave me access to the PNP question bank so I could use it to study & give you guys a review.

· PROS: I loved the AMOUNT of questions (thousands), how I could create my own quizzes by category & keep track of what were my strong points. Their answer explanations included SO much good information and charts. Their easy to use App meant I could take it ANYWHERE on my phone or ipad or computer.

· CONS: The hard part- these questions range from easy/moderate/hard & as a straight A student the HARD questions challenged me and at times and made me doubt myself. Some of the HARD questions were things that I never covered in school or seemed to be focused towards ACUTE CARE. I easily solved that problem by picking moderate/easy questions.

· BoardVitals is best for: organizing questions by category or if you graduated from a dual Primary Care and Acute Care program and are taking both ACUTE AND PRIMARY care certification exams because lots of acute care questions popped up.

· I did almost every single question!

· Use code NurseNatalie for 20% off! They have TONS of different test banks! I do not get commission off this discount code, it’s for YOU all! Watch my PNP Cert highlight on my Instagram to see how I incorporated the question Bank into my study routine.

They have TONS of different test banks! I do not get commission off this discount code, it’s for YOU all! Watch my PNP Cert highlight on my Instagram to see how I incorporated the question Bank into my study routine.


Any questions I can try to answer in the next week about the PNP Primary Care Exam? (Remember I can’t give specifics about topics on the exam!) ‼️


XO,

Nurse Nat, CPNP-PC (check out those extra letters... Certified PNP, Primary Care)



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