I found my best help from reading
- Handbook of Neonatal Care by Merenstein & Gardner
- Core Curriculum for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing edited by Beachy & Deacon (an AWHONN publication published by Saunders)
- Manual of Neonatal Care edited by Cloherty & Stark (published by Lippincott-Raven)
I personally found the second two in the above list most helpful for me. The second one is in a good "outline" format, and the last one is spiral bound and full of the nuts and bolts. I chose it because my favorite NNP kept one with her like it was her bible. I figured if it was helpful to her then it could possibly be helpful to me too. When I was new to the NICU I remember several nurses were preparing to take their certification exam. They would bring their "Core Curriculum" books to work and during the quiet times they'd pull them out and quiz one another about things in the book. They kind of did a group study and I'm sure it helped them. As I remember they all passed to. Somewhere, either on their web site or in a packet of infomation I received from them, I saw where they've posted percentages of passing grades by certification type. From what I remember, (now don't quote me here), the NNP test and the Low Risk Newborn Nursing test had the least successful passing rates... something like 70% but the High Risk Neonatal Nursing pass rate was like 90%, one of the highest.
I didn't "cram" for the test. I simply would read a couple of pages each day, concentrating on the parts I felt I needed more study on.
As said before, if you have worked in a NICU for 2 years full time, you should have the knowledge you need to pass the test.
Have faith, stay calm, get good sleep before the test and you should do just fine!!!
If I can be of any help to you, please let me know!!
I look forward to seeing everyone at the convention too!