Yes, that's right! I am officially a BOARD CERTIFIED FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER, friends!
Thanks for dropping in and tagging along my NP journey!
Just as a disclaimer, I did have this entire post done about a week ago, but then something happened and I must have exited out of the tab and I lost the ENTIRE blog post. I was sad about it. I worked really hard on it and couldn't bring myself to start from scratch quite yet. But I decided I think now is the time! I passed the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) boards exam for Family NP specialty on July 27th after about 1.5 months of (more like 2 weeks intensive) studying.
BOARDS CERTIFICATION IN A NUT SHELL -->
When you have completed coursework for your NP program, you are to sit for a national boards exam. (certification is NOT licensure. you need a STATE license in addition to board certification)
There are TWO governing boards which I had the options to choose from (both allow you to practice as a NP, it's more of a preference. most hospitals and institutions accept either certifications) -->
Let's dive in to study materials! --> --> -->
Fitzgerald Health Education Associates
Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Intensive Review book by Maria Leik
Amelie Hollier's APEA NP Review
Other good options -->
Join FB groups for Nurse Practitioner Networking or Study Groups for your specialty. It can be helpful to see what other people are using to study. Sometimes people post their own Quizlets or Study Guides that are really great and comprehensive!
Walden review - https://www.waldenexamsolutions.com/
Board vitals - https://www.boardvitals.com/
I hope that helps! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments below! :) Have a wonderful weekend! I have less than two more weeks here in NYC before I move back to California! Eeps! More updates to come!