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Hi! My name is Amanda. I have been a NICU nurse since 2009 and love everything about neonatal nursing.

I am currently a Clinical Nurse Specialist in a Level IV NICU in Los Angeles.

I am passionate about educating the next generation of NICU nurses. I share my knowledge through platforms such as Instagram and Facebook and am excited to have you here on my website!

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Neonatal Hemodynamics

Neonatal Hemodynamics

Understanding hemodynamics can be a tricky concept. What influences blood flow? What causes shunting from one side of the heart to the other? I collaborated with the amazing @neocardiolab to tackle th... ...more

RNC-NIC Tips ,CCHD Back to Basics &NICU

July 03, 20246 min read

Cyanotic Heart Defects: Ebstein Left 5 Terrible T Pods

Cyanotic Heart Defects: Ebstein Left 5 Terrible T Pods

In our last post we reviewed the therrible T's, but there's a few other cyanotic heart defects we should know! Here's a catchy phrase to help you remember all the cyanotic heart defects... ...more


February 28, 20249 min read

Cyanotic Heart Defects: The Terrible T's!

Cyanotic Heart Defects: The Terrible T's!

Cyanotic Heart Defects are congenital defects where oxygenated and deoxygenated blood mix causing cyanosis. Let's review a few of them together! ...more


February 28, 202410 min read

Cardiac Shunts

Cardiac Shunts

Left to Right... Right to Left. Let's discuss cardiac shunting ...more


September 05, 20235 min read

Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease and PGE-1

Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease and PGE-1

At our NICU Certification Exam Prep Course, we understand the importance of aligning with the NCC's core competencies while preparing nurses for the neonatal ICU certification. ...more


June 03, 20233 min read

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December 2023

Certification Review Webinar


NICU Certification REVIEW

Ready to kickstart your journey to becoming a certified NICU nurse? Look no further!

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Not very many people love taking tests but as a self-acclaimed "forever student" who has taken (and passed) five different certification exams I am no longer afraid of tests! "Way to brag", you might be thinking but I want to help YOU pass your certification exam too! Click the link below to download my FREE E-Book and enroll for my "RNC-NIC Success: Test Taking Tips for the RNC-NIC" course. In the E-Book I give you the resources you need including the link to access the candidate guide, several types of books to study from, some of my favorite strategies, an outline of the content you should review, and a blank calendar for you to make your study plan! I'm here to help you succeed and I can't wait for you to share with me that you PASSED the RNC-NIC EXAM!!!



I'm a NICU nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, NICU Educator... basically your NICU BFF. If you want to talk NICU, I'm here for you! I love everything about NICU nursing and I'm eager to learn and share my knowledge with all my NICU friends.

Frequently Asked Questions About the RNC-NIC exam

What is the RNC-NIC?

The RNC-NIC is a competency-based exam that tests the specialty knowledge of nurses in the United States & Canada who care for critically ill newborns and their families.

The RNC-NICU is a nationally recognized certification that recognizes the registered nurse for their specialty knowledge and skill.

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Who can take the RNC-NIC exam?

Nurses can take this exam after a minimum of two years experience in the NICU caring for critically ill newborns and their families.

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Which books should I use?

I'm glad you asked! There are many excellent books to help you prepare for the RNC-NIC, I gathered ande describe each of them for you in my FREE e-book.

Is there a course to help me study?

Yes! Many hospitals host their own certification course and there are a few online courses. See my RNC-NIC test taking tips E Book for more information

What happens if I don't pass the exam?

If you don't pass the exam on your first try you can try again after 90 days. You will have to reapply after 90 days and pay a retest fee. There is no limit to the number of times you can take the exam (however a candidate can only sit for the exam twice per year).

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Can I make more money if I take the RNC-NIC exam and get certified?

Yes! Many hospitals provide a raise or a bonus for nurses with specialty certifications. Hospitals also typically hire at a higher base salary when nurses have a certification.

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