AACN News—November 1999—Certification

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Vol. 16, No. 11, NOVEMBER 1999


Annual Luncheon Will Honor All AACN Certification Corporation Certificants

The annual CCRN Luncheon, which is scheduled in conjunction with AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ to honor CCRNs and their commitment to excellence in nursing, will be expanded at the NTI 2000 to include CCNS and ACNP certificants.

This special luncheon, which now will be called the Certification Luncheon, will be on May 22, 2000, during the NTI in Orlando, Fla. The NTI begins with preconferences on May 20 and continues through May 25.

All CCRNs, CCNSs and ACNPs can register to attend the luncheon when they register for the NTI. Registration materials will be available in January 2000.

The long-standing CCRN certification program was established as a means for developing, maintaining and promoting high standards of critical care nursing practice. The CCNS certification for clinical nurse specialists in acute and critical care was added in January 1999. AACN Certification Corporation collaborates with the American Nurses Credentialing Center to provide the ACNP certification for acute care nurse practitioners.

Panel Reviewing Synergy Model

A scholarly critique of the Synergy Model, on which exam development is now based, is being conducted by AACN Certification Corporation.

The purpose of the review is to determine the strengths of the Synergy Model, as well as gaps in its usefulness in practice across disciplines and as a conceptual framework for research in practice. The Synergy Model is based on the concept that patient and family characteristics drive nurse competencies toward optimal patient outcomes.

A panel of experts, who were chosen according to clinical and theoretical experience and geographic location, will conduct the review. Following are the members: Barbara Stevens Barnum, RN, PhD, Marion E. Broome, RN, PhD, FAAN, Rose E. Bana Constantino, RN, PhD, JD, FAAN, FACFE, Jacqueline Fawcett, PhD, FAAN, Marilyn Frank-Stromberg, EdD, JD, ANP, FAAN, Susan M. Ludington, RN, PhD, CNM, FAAN, Edna M. Menke, RN, PhD, Patricia Moritz, RN, PhD, FAAN, Carolyn Murdaugh, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Bonnie Rogers, DRPH, COHN-S, FAAN.

Restructuring Brings 2 New Certification Specialists to National Office Team

AACN Certification Corporation has announced the appointment of two new certification specialists to oversee the CCRN and CCNS certification programs.

The new specialists are Carol Hartigan, RN, BSN, MA, and Denise Flanagan.

Hartigan has been working at AACN as a program development specialist. She formerly was with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Chicago, Ill.

“Carol’s experience and familiarity with the certification process and her skills in program development and management will be a great addition to our team,” said Melissa Biel, RN, MSN, executive director of AACN Certification Corporation.

Flanagan has been with AACN Certification Corporation for some time, first as certification secretary and most recently as certification associate.

“Denise has demonstrated her knowledge and expertise in dealing with the marketing, organizational and administrative aspects of our various programs,” Biel said. “Her familiarity with the current programs and activities makes her an excellent choice for the position of certification specialist.”

The appointments are part of a restructuring of the corporation’s national office staff following the resignation of Certification Director Jo-Ann Eastwood, who decided to devote more time to her doctoral studies and who has accepted a teaching assistant position at the University of California at Los Angeles.

“Jo-Ann has been very influential here at CertCorp, and she will be missed,” said Biel. “The unique combination of knowledge and skills that Jo-Ann brought to the position of certification director make her difficult to replace.”

Also joining the national office staff of AACN Certification Corporation as certification secretary is Cindy O’Dell. Formerly a clinical practice associate at AACN, O’Dell left the organization in 1996 when her husband relocated.

Paper-and-Pencil CCRN and CCNS Exams Offered at NTI

In addition to again offering a paper-and-pencil CCRN exam at AACN’s National Teaching Institute in 2000, AACN Certification Corporation will offer the first paper-and-pencil CCNS exam.

The adult, pediatric and neonatal versions of both exams will be available. The tests are scheduled for May 21 at the NTI in Orlando, Fla. Results will be available within six weeks of the test date.

Both tests are offered in a computer-based format the rest of the year.

The fee for the paper-and-pencil CCRN exam at NTI is a discounted fee of $150. The fee for the CCNS exam at NTI is a discounted fee of $250.

Preregistration to take either exam is required. No on-site registrations will be accepted. Exam applications will be available by calling (800) 899-2226. Registrations must be postmarked by March 27, 2000.

For the Record

AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition is scheduled for May 20 through 25, 2000, in Orlando, Fla. The location was incorrect in the Fall 1999 issue of Certification Connections, a twice-a-year newsletter published especially for certified nurses.

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