I will continue to add to this post as I find things. I have found though that many nurses want to prepare and prepare and prepare, and the only thing that holds them back is their inability to trust what they already know. I think OB nurses should buy the Core Curriculum book because every nurse or unit should have a reference guide, but I don’t think you need to have this book to take the certification exam. If you live in the Houston area, I think you should go to an HACPP class because they provide great information, but I don’t think you have to take a class before taking the certification exam.
- Core Curriculum for Maternal Newborn Nursing, 4th ed. (purchase book here) – Try asking your educator or manager to purchase this book for your unit. It never hurts to ask! 🙂 Argue that you want to increase their number of certified nurses by 10%.
- Houston Area Collaborative Perinatal Program (HACPP) – This organization offers a lot of different perinatal classes, and they frequently offer certification prep courses. Any class I’ve ever taken through HACPP has been super informative.
On the Internet:
- NCC Examination Guides – This link will take you to the NCC website, where you can download your specific examination guide. At the end of the study guide, they give you a break down of exam content.
- CE Direct – Your hospital has to have rights to access this information, but CE Direct offers a certification prep course that I used and thought was helpful.
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