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About the Neonatal Pediatric Specialty Credential
"Not all Respiratory Therapists are created equal.
Well, perhaps that is not exactly true. All respiratory Therapists must graduate from an accredited program to obtain the credential of certified respiratory therapist (CRT) or registered respiratory therapist (RRT). But what then? How can a therapist distinguish him or herself beyond CRT or RRT?"
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NPS Employment Prospects

"According to the Bureau of Vital Statistics, Neonatal Pediatric Specialists (NPS) are the most employed of all specialty credentials among respiratory therapists. Of those who are not retired, approximately 96% of all NPS practitioners are employed. This compares to CRTs at 72% and RRTs at 85%. The Neonatal Pediatric Specialist (NPS) credential is one of the most sought after credentials by employers, even when neonatal or pediatric care is not part of the job description."
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How Do I Get My NPS?

"To challenge the NPS exam, one must visit the NBRC web site and complete an application. The application will ask some basic questions about education and degree. If a CRT, then some verification of experience is required. While the NBRC suggests experience is required, the amount of time spent caring for the little critters is not very specific and is usually not difficult to achieve with just a little neonatal pediatric care exposure. Again, visit the NBRC web site for details."
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Neonatal Pediatric Exam Pathology Review
"One of the more challenging aspects of the neonatal pediatric specialty exam is the vast array of pathologies that the NPS test taker must be familiar with to be successful. While these pathologies and situations can be challenging, understanding a few basic generalities about the array of diseases found on the exam can be extremely helpful. Namely, recognizing that all pathologies and ailments can be categorized into two distinct areas – pulmonary problems and congenital defects or abnormalities.

While congenital defects among infants are far less common than are pulmonary issues during the first months after birth of a neonate, there are far more questions on the NPS exam addressing the congenital side of issues than there are pulmonary conditions. This focus makes it necessary for NPS exam candidates to gain a through understanding of nearly 15 congenital defects found among newborns.

Two Types of Neonatal Congenital Defects: Cardiac and Non-Cardiac related."
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Preparing for the NPS Exam
"The NPS exam is a notably difficult exam because of the age range it includes. The most common question asked is, "Do I have to do anything special to prepare for the NPS if I've already been working with neonates and pediatrics?". The answer is a resounding YES!

Like most credentialing examinations, there is a gap between what happens in real life and the what happens on the exam. The NPS exam is no different. There are reported peculiarities on the NBRC NPS exam that one must become aware of before challenging the test."
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Six Tips to Become an NPS
1. If you are a certified respiratory therapist (CRT), get a little exposure with peds and neonates by spending some time in those departments in your hospital. Volunteer work is acceptable, if you cannot get assigned to the area during your shift.

2. If you are an RRT, you do not need to document any experience with neonates or pediatric patients. But, it is not a bad idea to lay your eyes on the equipment and monitoring devices, as well as speak to some NPS respiratory therapists who have thier NPS or work with neonates or peds.

3. Don't rely on experience alone to prepare you for the NPS exam. Utilizing a professional NPS study guide, of some sort, is a must. Even experienced neonatal pediatric respiratory therapists have difficulty with the NPS exam, when attempting to go on their own knowledge and experience alone.

4. Take the free NPS exam on the NBRC web site as a pre-test to determine where your strengths and weaknesses lie You can find the free Neonatal Pediatric Specialty Practice Exam here.

5. Once you have obtained an NPS Study Guide and Review Program, study a little every day. While it may be tempting to zealously launch yourself into 8 hours of studying per day, studies show that 2 hours a day is more suitable and facilitates retention of the information.

6. When studying, you will occasionally run into equipment and/or care techniques that are completely foreign to you. Find a local neonatal or pediatric unit in your hospital or in you town and arrange to speak to an NPS and get your hands on the foreign equipment and view those unknown care techniques.

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The LindseyJones Neonatal Pediatric Specialty Study Guide is the most comprehensive NPS exam review book available. With over 280 pages of exam-specific information, the NPS study guide will help you learn everything you need to know to challenge the NPS examination.

Topics include:
Neonatal and Pediatric Mechanical Ventilation
Management of hemodynamics
Normal and non-standard modes of oxygen therapy

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Laminated NPS Quick-Reference card
Helpful for memorizing neonatal and pediatric normals values, including information on:

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~ Pathology Review
~ Pulmonary Function Testing
~ Calculations
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~ Imaging Data
~ Fetal Monitoring

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LindseyJones NPS Practice Exams

Among all the credentialing exam offered to Respiratory Theapists, the Neonatal Pediatric Specialty exam is one of the most difficult. One reason for this is the extensive knowledge needed to care for 4 distinct age groups: fetal, neonatal, pediatric, and adolescent.

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