AACN News—March 1999—Certification

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Vol. 16, No. 3, MARCH 1999


NTI Events Spotlight CCRNs; Regulatory Issues Focus of Special Session for Luncheon Attendees

A special session for CCRNs who attend the CCRN Luncheon at the 1999 National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition will feature Barbara Safriet, associate dean and lecturer in law at Yale Law School, New Haven, Conn.

The 1999 NTI, which features the Advanced Practice Institute™ and five educational tracks—adult critical care, continuum of care, leadership, pediatric and neonatal care, and trauma care—is scheduled for May 16 through 20 in New Orleans, La.

Safriet’s topic is “Health Care Regulation and the Certified Critical Care Nurse.” In addition to discussing regulatory reforms that affect nursing, she will suggest strategies for maximizing the value of the certified critical care nurse in today’s healthcare system.

This special session, which is sponsored by Atrium Medical Corporation and GE Marquette Medical Systems, follows the annual CCRN Luncheon on May 17. Sponsored by the AACN Certification Corporation, the luncheon provides an opportunity for CCRNs to come together to celebrate their achievement.

Speaking at the luncheon will be Barbara Gill, RN, MN, chair of the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors. “Certification: The Value of Your Identity” is the title of her presentation.
Only CCRN-certified nurses can attend the luncheon and special session with Safriet. Because seating is limited, early registration is suggested. To attend, check the CCRN Luncheon option on the NTI registration form.

For more information or to register for the NTI, call (800) 899-AACN (2226) or visit the NTI Web site. The early-bird deadline for discounted registration fees is April 7, 1999.

Take the Paper-and-Pencil CCRN Exam at the NTI—and Save!

May 20, 1999
New Orleans, La.
Fee: $150

Preregistration Required by March 16, 1999
(Only NTI registrants eligible)

Note: An adult CCRN review course will be offered May 15 and 16 in New Orleans. For more information or to register, call (800) 899-2226.

Taking the CCRN Exam? Study Aids Available

If you are preparing to take the adult, pediatric, or neonatal CCRN� exam, a number of resources are available to help you. The computer-based exam can be scheduled 6 days a week at Sylvan Prometric sites throughout the United States. In addition, the paper-and-pencil exam will be given on May 20, 1999, at AACN’s annual National Teaching Institute™ in New Orleans, La.

Following is information about some of the products that are available. To order these products, call (800) 899-2226. These products can also be found in the AACN Resource Catalog, which is available online at http://www.aacn.org.

Sample Exam Questions
This booklet contains questions that were used on past versions of the CCRN exam. The adult exam booklet contains 200 questions, and the neonatal and pediatric exam booklets each contain 100 questions.

The booklets are designed to give you a feel for how CCRN Exam questions are written, but they are not intended to give you an accurate prediction of how you will perform on the actual test. They were updated in 1998 to reflect current nursing practice.

Order by product number: #200305 (adult) #200205 (pediatric), #200105 (neonatal). Price is $8.50 (AACN member) or $10 (nonmember).

CD-ROM and Booklet
The above sample exams are also available on PC-compatible CD-ROMs for Windows ’95, which will help you get a feel for computer-based testing. The CD-ROM automatically scores the exam for you and allows you to easily preview only incorrectly answered questions. Order by product number: #200310 (adult), #200210 (pediatric), #200110 (neonatal). Price is $17 (AACN member) or $20 (nonmember).

Adult CCRN Review Programs
Both videotapes and audiotapes, which were produced from the two-day preconference at the 1998 NTI, are available.

Videotapes—The self-study, eight-videotape program, which includes graphic illustrations, provides a comprehensive review of the content of the CCRN exam as defined in the blueprint. The presenters provide an overview of cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, neurological, hematology/immunology, gastrointestinal, renal, and multisystem content. The complete program includes a 110-page syllabus, CE test, answer/evaluation form, and 16 contact hours (CERP category A) of CE credit.

For the complete set, request Product #301960. Price is $200 (AACN member) or $275 (nonmember), plus shipping and handling. The videos can also be purchased individually. Call (800) 899-AACN (2226) for prices.

Audiotapes—This seven-cassette version includes a 110-page syllabus, CE test, answer/evaluation form, and 16 contact hours (CERP category A) of CE credit. The syllabus may also be purchased separately. To order the complete audiotape program, request Product #301970. Price is $99 (AACN member) or $129 (nonmember), plus shipping and handling.

Neonatal and Pediatric Materials
Neonatal and pediatric resources are available in various formats to help you meet the challenges of your daily practice or help you to prepare for the CCRN exam.

The NTI now offers a dedicated pediatric and neonatal track. In addition, continuing education articles are available online in the “Clinical Practice Resource” area of the “Practice” section of the AACN Web site (www.aacn.org).

Following are some of the other neonatal and pediatric resources:
• Neonatal Critical Care Core Review Video Series with syllabus (Product #301800) can be used for orientation, continuing education or preparing for the CCRN exam.
• The AACN Core Curriculum for Pediatric Critical Care Nursing (Product #128870) can help you prepare for the pediatric CCRN exam.
• AACN’s Pediatric “Building-Blocks” audiotape series, which is available through the National Nursing Network (Product #136-97), is a comprehensive collection of tapes from some of the best-known speakers in pediatric critical care.

• The 1998 NTI preconference titled “New Directions in the Management of Pediatric Respiratory Failure,” which is available from the National Nursing Network (Product #PC13-50-98), provides state-of-the-art information on nitric oxide, ECMO, liquid ventilation, and new ventilation strategies among others.
• The Pediatric Critical Care Core Review Video Series and syllabus (Product #301900) can be used for orientation and continuing education, or in preparing for the CCRN exam.

To order audiotapes through the National Nursing Network, call (800) 373-2952.

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