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At SMNP Reviews, we believe in empowering our NP community with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful, confident nurse practitioners. That’s why we’ve created this blog to provide you with all the resources you need to stay up to date with the latest and greatest information to help you excel in your career. Our goal is to make your lives easier by creating a hub where you can find, explore, and delve into the plethora of resources we offer.

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Continuing Education (CE) Credits for NPs: What You Need to Know

You’ve made it! You graduated NP school, passed your board exam, and applied for licensure in your state. But then you start reading all of this information about continuing education for renewal. You might be thinking, “Continuing education? Didn’t I just continue my education by graduating?” In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to

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Ep #109: How to Conquer NCLEX Anxiety and Pass on Your First Try

Learn the tweaks and changes that have been implemented in the NCLEX, and why anxiety reduction and stress management must be top priorities.

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Sarah Michelle NP Reviews Joins Forces with NPHub, Amplifying Clinical Placement and Board Exam Prep for Nurse Practitioner Students

In a strategic alliance, Sarah Michelle NP Reviews, a leader in nurse practitioner board exam preparation, and NPHub, a front-runner in healthcare technology platforms, are uniting their strengths. This partnership is engineered to provide nurse practitioner students with superior access to clinical placement solutions via NPHub’s robust app, and exhaustive board exam preparation resources from

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The Future of ENP Prep: Rosh Review ENP + SMNP Reviews + Blueprint = Highest Quality ENP Test Prep

Calling all aspiring ENPs! The Blueprint Prep family is proud to announce a game-changing upgrade to your board prep experience: Rosh Review ENP Qbanks will be delivering an improved learner experience and moving to the SMNP Reviews website! That’s right. By June 2024, the Rosh ENP resources you know and love will be powered by

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Ep #108: Heart Month: Congenital Heart Disease & Being a Heart Mom

I know this podcast is where we talk about all things related to being a Nurse Practitioner and study tips, but I hope you’ll oblige me this week as I touch on something deeply important to me: Heart Month. For those of you who aren’t familiar, my daughter Meadow was born with a severe congenital

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ANCC vs AANP: Which NP Certification Exam Should You Take?

One of the topics we hear students talking about is deciding which certification exam to take: either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) exam. But what are the actual differences between ANCC vs AANP? And what do you need to know so you can make an

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What to Expect in Your First NP Job That You Might Not Realize: An Interview with Anna Miller

Stepping into the world as a new NP can bring a mix of excitement and nerves! With graduation season approaching, there’s a sense of anticipation and curiosity among NP graduates seeking real-world guidance. That’s why I caught up with Anna Miller from SMNP Reviews to share insights on what being a new NP truly involves.

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The Real Deal NP 1-Day Prep: Your Fast Track to Success!

Are you ready to boost your board exam prep? Imagine a full day of intensive, comprehensive instruction tailored to boost your confidence and prepare you to pass your exam. Well, now you can make that dream a reality with our newest course: the Real Deal NP 1-Day Prep!   What is it? This isn’t your

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Ep #107: Global Nursing: How Nurse Practitioners Can Make a Positive Impact

The nursing profession aims to serve people all over the world, and this week, we’re diving into some of the global health initiatives in which Nurse Practitioners can get involved. If you have an interest in working on a medical mission or teaching health promotion to vulnerable populations, you’re going to love this episode. There

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Should You Pursue an NP Residency Program?

If you’re getting ready to graduate from your nurse practitioner program, you’re probably thinking about how to find your first NP job. You also probably have a lot of questions about your next steps, such as:  What type of practice do I want to work in? Do I want to subspecialize? How much money will

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Ep #106: How to Succeed on Your First Day as a New NP

This episode is dedicated to those of you who are getting ready to head out into your first job as a real-deal Nurse Practitioner. You’re probably a little overwhelmed and anxious, but we hope this episode helps you step into your first day on the job with confidence.   Transitioning from nurse to Nurse Practitioner

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Billing and Coding Review: All About Medical Decision-Making

Whether you’re a nurse practitioner student in your clinical rotations or a new real-deal NP, you’re documenting A LOT of patient encounters. And once you get into clinical practice, you’ll start submitting notes with detailed billing and coding information so that your clinical practice can get reimbursed for your services. But how do you know

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Tips for Managing Test Anxiety Before Your NP Boards

Welcome to our latest interview where I have the chance to talk with Sarah Michelle about one of the most common obstacles leading up to your NP exam: test anxiety. Many NP students find themselves dealing with jitters and panic as exam day approaches, which can affect your performance regardless of how much you study.

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Ep #105: Why Interdisciplinary Teamwork Matters

We talk a lot about the role of a Nurse Practitioner, but the truth is, we never truly work alone in healthcare. No matter what kind of Nurse Practitioner you are, you likely work alongside hospitalists, nurses, case managers, social workers, specialists, and ancillary staff. The unifying thread between all of you is to create

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Best NP Apps for Learning, Scheduling, Note-Taking, & More

Want to order groceries directly to your door? There’s an app for that! Want to edit your vacation photos? There’s an app for that! Want to know exactly when to take a bathroom break during a movie so that you don’t miss anything important? Yep, there’s an app for that! (Seriously, there is.) And yes,

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Online vs. In-Person NP Board Prep: Which Should You Choose?

Before the pandemic, NP board review prep was largely offered as live, in-person courses. But over the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in online options that have changed the NP board prep landscape (some would say, for the better!).  So, with all the options available to you now, how do you choose which

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