Posted: October 23rd, 2023
Studying for the Boards
Studying for the Boards
National nurse practitioner board exam
In 250 words, please describe how you have been preparing (or your plans to prepare) for the boards of National nurse practitioner board exam? Describe your planned study schedule and share your top three favorite resources and why you like them. Please include the cost and delivery (app, book, course, etc) of the materials (if applicable) to help your fellow classmates decide if they’d want to investigate your resources. Included in the resources is the “Next Steps” powerpoint discussing board exams. Besides board exams, what other items does a new graduate need to consider to be fully prepared for practice? In what ways will you be more marketable to employers? Consider NPI.
Note: you can be creative,
one book is called Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Intensive Review by Codina Leik, cost is $99. 99 dollars and you can add the other two you can be creative.
APA format with intext citation
Word count minimum of 250 words per post, not including references
References at least one high-level scholarly reference per post within the last 5 years in APA format.
Preparing for the National Nurse Practitioner Board Exam
As a new graduate nurse practitioner, preparing for the boards is one of my top priorities. I have developed a rigorous study schedule to help feel prepared on exam day. Each week, I dedicate at least 20 hours to reviewing materials from my top three favorite resources. The first is Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Intensive Review by Codina Leik (2020). This $99 book provides a comprehensive overview of primary care topics through detailed outlines, practice questions, and test-taking strategies (Leik, 2020). I find the question format and detailed rationales especially helpful for identifying my areas of weakness.
I also utilize the “Next Steps” powerpoint (Jones et al., 2022) which discusses test-taking skills and common board exam pitfalls. Though not a traditional study material, I have found the advice on managing anxiety and approach valuable. In addition, I subscribe to SimpleNursing’s FNP board review course (SimpleNursing, n.d.). At $299 for a 6-month subscription, it provides over 1,000 practice questions and micro-lectures on high-yield topics that I can access from any device. I like that I can track my progress and focus my studies based on performance.
Besides preparing for boards, other important considerations for a new NP include obtaining malpractice insurance and a National Provider Identifier number (NPI). An NPI allows billing for clinical services and is required to practice (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2023). Being board-certified and having the proper documentation will make me a strong candidate for primary care jobs. I aim to sit for my boards within 6 months in order to quickly gain experience and independence in my new role.