NICU RNC

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by BabyLady BabyLady, BSN, RN (Member)

Specializes in NICU, Post-partum.

I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction of obtaining the textbook for becoming an RNC in the NICU.

I'm new in the NICU, but I have heard that if you start studying the textbook when you begin your experience, that performance on the exam is much better.

Thanks!

Sweeper933

Specializes in NICU. 409 Posts

http://www.amazon.com/Certification-Review-Neonatal-Intensive-Nursing/dp/1416036679/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1252801839&sr=1-1

That's the book we all used on my unit. Although, a bunch of us have been taking a review class that has been offered in the area. It was 3 days, 8 hours each. The instructor was awesome - had powerpoint presentations for each of the topics, and had it all narrowed down to what was important to know for the test. Most of us ended up using that book as more of a reference as we were studying off of the notes from the class, as the book has a lot of information that simply isn't needed for the test.

Good luck - just remember that you can't learn everything in the NICU right away! You need at least 2 years of clinical experience in the NICU to even take the test (if I remember correctly...)

BabyLady

BabyLady, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU, Post-partum. 2,300 Posts

http://www.amazon.com/Certification-Review-Neonatal-Intensive-Nursing/dp/1416036679/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1252801839&sr=1-1

That's the book we all used on my unit. Although, a bunch of us have been taking a review class that has been offered in the area. It was 3 days, 8 hours each. The instructor was awesome - had powerpoint presentations for each of the topics, and had it all narrowed down to what was important to know for the test. Most of us ended up using that book as more of a reference as we were studying off of the notes from the class, as the book has a lot of information that simply isn't needed for the test.

Good luck - just remember that you can't learn everything in the NICU right away! You need at least 2 years of clinical experience in the NICU to even take the test (if I remember correctly...)

Thank you!

I did know about the two year requirement, but I figured it would help me get my clinical skills in order as I go along and learn new things.

darynash

darynash

75 Posts

Yes, it is a requirement that you be practicing for 2 years in order to take the exam. I recommend the Core Curriculum in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing as a study guide and the Core Review in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing for practice questions.

darynash

darynash

75 Posts

Search for the National Certification Corporation or the American Nurses Credentialing Center for info on the NICU certification exam. The NCC will give you the RNC-NIC certification and the ANCC gives the CCRN (Critical Care RN) in NICU certification so you have 2 to choose from.

babyNP.

babyNP., APRN

Specializes in NICU. Has 14 years experience. 1,920 Posts

As an aside, for the CCRN neonatal exam, you only need 1 year of working experience.

babyNP.

babyNP., APRN

Specializes in NICU. Has 14 years experience. 1,920 Posts

RNC is more recognizable in the neonatal world and is easier to maintain (less CEUS), but there isn't much difference otherwise.

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