AACN News—January 1999—Certification

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Vol. 16, No. 1, JANUARY 1999


Be One of the First to Become CCNS Certified

Be among the first to obtain the new CCNS� certification for clinical nurse specialists in acute and critical care. The new CCNS certification exam will be available later this month. For more information or to obtain an application, call (800) 899-2226.

The exam, administered by the AACN Certification Corporation, is computer based. AACN Certification Corporation based the new exam on the Synergy Model, which matches patient needs with nurse competencies.

The test can be scheduled 6 days a week at Sylvan Prometric sites throughout the United States, Canada, and U.S. territories.

Following are the eligibility requirements to take the CCNS exam:
• An active RN license
• A master’s degree in nursing
• At least 500 hours in direct clinical practice (either within the master’s program or as a CNS)
• Evidence of expertise in clinical knowledge, skills, and judgment, which is linked with your specialty area of expertise, as demonstrated by one of the following: basic or advanced certification in nursing; publication within the last 5 years demonstrating expert knowledge in your identified clinical field; presentation within the last 5 years at a local, regional, or national conference on a clinical nursing topic in your field of expertise; or participation in a clinical research project within the last 5 years in your clinical field of expertise

Exam applications including a blueprint and study bibliography are available by calling (800) 899-2226.

Learn More About the Synergy Model

The new CCNS� certification exam is based on the Synergy Model, which matches patient needs to nurse competencies. The CCRN� exam will incorporate the Synergy Model, beginning July 1, 1999.

You can learn more about synergy at the 1999 National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition, which will be May 16 through 20 in New Orleans, La.

AACN Certification Corporation Board Chairperson Barbara Gill, RN, MN, will lead a panel discussion on implementation of the Synergy Model during a plenary session, titled “Synergy: A Strategy for the Future.”

Nancy Molter, RN, MN, former chairperson of the AACN Certification Corporation Board, will present “Leadership Synergy: Integration of Knowledge, Trust, and Power” as a mastery session at the NTI.

Take the Pencil-and-Paper CCRN Exam

Participants at the 1999 National Teaching Institute™ in New Orleans, La., will have the opportunity to take the CCRN� exam on site. For the first time since the computer-based testing was instituted, the pencil-and-paper method will be offered.

The NTI, which again features the Advanced Practice Institute,™ is scheduled for May 16 through 20.

Back this year at the NTI is the CCRN Exam Review Course, which is scheduled as a preconference on May 16 and 17. Carol Hinkle, RN, MSN, CCRN, will lead the review session.

Other NTI sessions geared specifically to CCRNs include the annual CCRN Luncheon. Barbara Gill, RN, MN, chairperson of the AACN Certification Corporation Board, will speak on “The Value of Your Identity.” Speaking at a special session for CCRNs following the luncheon will be Barbara Safriet, associate dean and lecturer at the Yale University School of Law.

The CCRN Certification Diagnostic Lab, where participants can test their knowledge on CCRN practice tests, will again be available.

For more information about the NTI, call (800) 899-AACN (2226), or visit the AACN home page at http://www.aacn.org. The discounted, early-bird registration deadline is April 7, 1999.

Receive Prizes for Highest Percentage of CCRNs

What percentage of the nurses in your hospital are CCRN� certified? What does CCRN certification mean to you and your hospital?

The 3 hospitals with the highest percentage of CCRN-certified nurses are eligible for prizes. They will also be highlighted in AACN News.

Send information on the percentage of CCRN-certified nurses in your hospital along with a brief explanation of what CCRN certification means to you and your hospital to AACN Certification Corporation, Attn: Laura Sorenson, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656; fax, (949) 362-2020; e-mail, laura.sorenson@aacn.org.

The deadline for submission is January 31, 1999.

CCU Staff 75% CCRN Certified

Staff of the coronary care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Junction, Colo., is now 75% CCRN� certified. Most are members of the Colorado West Chapter of AACN. Chapter President Lori Fink reports that the push to take the CCRN exam has come over the past 3 years. The CCRN-certified nurses are Clinical Resource Specialist Trish Willard (left, foreground) and Cardiac Services Director Cathy Roberts; (from left, front row) Jan Herr, Marcia Sorrick, Bonnie Jean Brown, Debbie Slover, Cindy Shanklin, and Lisa Hemphill; and (from left, back row) Jan Humphrey, Becky Zlebnik, Barb Keene, Lori Fink, and Dean Miller. Cyndy Smilanich, who is not pictured, is also CCRN certified.

CERTIFICATION SPECIAL!

Preparing to take the CCRN� exam?

Combine your exam fee with AACN membership and SAVE.

Just $248!

Includes 1-year AACN membership
AND
certification exam fee

Offer is limited.
Sign up by March 1, 1999.

Call (800) 899-2226.