Archive | February 2012

Tips on the AANP FNP Certification Exam

Upon entering the testing site they will give you paper and pen and you can make notes before beginning the exam.  I have attached a list of what notes I placed onto the paper before beginning the exam.

These are the notes I jotted down before taking exam:

Medication suffix:
ACEI – pril
ARB – sartan
BB – lol
CCB – pine/mil

Lymph – viral
Neuts – bacterial
Poly & Lymph – (close together – viral, far apart – bacterial)
Eocin – allergic or parasite

Iron def anemia


ACD (anemia chronic disease)

Aortic region – 2nd/3rd ICS right sternal border
Pulmonic – 2nd/3rd left
Tricuspic – 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th ICS left
Mitral – near apex, 5th or 6th ICS MCL

S1 – apex
S2 – base
S2 split – pulmonic
S3 – apex left lateral decub
S4 – apex left lateral

There are many variations of the examination and is basically the luck of the draw, this is what I remember being on the exam:
HIV – carnii pneumonia and medication you would give prop.
uterine sizing
MVP and A fib

know heart murmurs, several on my exam

molluscum contagiosum 

glaucoma question
know Rinne and Weber test and AC vs. BC conduction and the lateralization and conductive vs. sensorineural hearing loss
Rovsing’s sign
scarlet fever  
otitis externa  
actinic keratoses
several questions on pharyngitis
testicular torsion
how the prostate feels in BPH
Lupus- SLE  
a couple of questions on immunization 
several questions asked on diseases which labs you would order
Alzheimer’s and delirium
several thyroid questions (hyper & hypo)
couple of DM type 1 and type 2 questions
Hepatitis A question
several Hepatitis questions and gave the labs so know antigen, antibody, core to determine if they are infection, immune, etc..
infant feeding questions
peripheral artery disease
sulfonylurea – mech of action
microalbumin question
lumbar radiculopathy – know how to test
fifth disease

Study and apply critical thinking skills and I would also suggest taking one of the review classes. 

Love Unscripted…

Love Unscripted

Love Unscripted

This book has it all… sweet romance, suspense and heartache; it also has bodyguards, the paparazzi and obsessed fans. There were times I laughed out loud and other times I had tears rolling down my cheeks along with the characters, I also found myself on the edge of my seat as the drama in the characters’ lives unfolded. Tina Reber has managed to do what very few authors are able to do; she has created characters so real that has you feeIing that you know them instantly. I was hooked from the very first page. The author shows you the intimate side of what it is like to be in the spotlight, having no privacy, and being a target of the tabloids and stalkers.

This book is a peek into the life of a famous young movie star whose life has been taken over by paparazzi and screaming fans that chase him relentlessly, his name is Ryan and he is the Hollywood Heart throb new in town. As a result, he meets the one woman in the world who hasn’t seen his movies, read the books and doesn’t care anything about meeting him. Taryn Mitchell is a self-sufficient tavern owner, who like most women, has had her heart broken multiple times; however, she is strong and does not mind being single, she is actually happy being single in lieu of having her heart broken again. The story is warm, funny, heartbreaking, and builds tension and drama throughout. I am anxiously awaiting the next book so I can continue on the journey along with Taryn and Ryan.

Highly recommend this one you will absolutely love it even though it is a long read the author draws you in and keeps you wanting more!