I've been in practice for a while but am not certified. I'm thinking about taking the exam. How should I prepare?

Since you've been out of school for a while, you're different from the new graduate who is preparing for the exam. Your approach may be different too. If you're working in general practice, you may have an easier time preparing than someone who is working in a specialty area. Consider taking APEA's review course so that you'll get a good overview of test material. Remember, you've got to approach your exam with a new grad mentality. This can be difficult for NPs who have been in practice for a while. Experienced NPs are able to consider many different aspects of a patient's care. Because of this, they ask themselves what I consider to be the most dangerous thing you can say while taking your exam: "Yes, but."

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