AACN News—August 2000—Certification

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Vol. 17, No. 8, AUGUST 2000


Enhancing Certified Practice Keys 2001 Plan

By Patricia A. McGaffigan, RN, MS
Chair, AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors

July marks the beginning of the 2001 fiscal year for AACN Certification Corporation, and brings a renewed commitment to an action agenda filled with new and ongoing strategic objectives. Following is an overview of some of these activities.

Promote Certification
One of the priority initiatives that AACN Certification Corporation will undertake in collaboration with its key strategic partner, AACN, is promoting the value of nursing and certified nursing practice. This initiative responds to concerns expressed by many critical care nurses that their unique contributions to patient care and the value of certification remain largely unrecognized by employers, patients and consumers.

Assisting with this effort will be the public relations firm of Burson-Marsteller, which has been hired partly to help identify and communicate the significance of certified nursing practice to a variety of constituents, including current and potential certificants, consumers, policy makers, employers and payors. The AACN Certification Board of Directors hopes that this investment will create an environment that recognizes the excellence of certified critical care nursing practice and removes some of the
existing barriers to certification.

Staff Education
AACN Certification Corporation board members and staff will be heavily engaged in defining the relevance of an online critical care orientation program and a potential national critical care curriculum to our certification business. These projects offer the potential to provide a standard structure for the orientation and ongoing education of critical care staff, including the framework, content and evaluation processes. Inherent in these projects are numerous opportunities for competency assessment and certification.

International Assistance
Certification has numerous possibilities for critical care nurses who practice outside of the United States or whose primary language is not English. AACN has partnered with international nurses around the world on many initiatives, and AACN Certification Corporation has received requests to consider adapting its certification examination and other products to accommodate broader cultural and linguistic issues. We will invest some of our attention on expanding the relevance of our products and vision to encompass a more global perspective.

Synergy Model
The core concept of the Synergy Model as the reconceptualized model of certified practice is that the needs or characteristics of patients and families influence and drive the characteristics or competencies of nurses. Over the past several years, the Synergy Model has been validated, communicated and integrated into AACN Certification Corporation examinations and products. During the last year, it underwent a rigorous scholarly review by noted nursing theorists, who provided favorable feedback. In the coming year, a newly appointed Synergy Model advisory panel will consider recommendations from the review that are intended to further strengthen and clarify the model.

Last year, AACN Certification Corporation also earmarked funds to support a grant for research related to certified nursing practice. Examples of the types of projects that are eligible for funding are those that focus on continued competency, the Synergy Model, the value of certification as it relates to patient care or nursing practice, and credentialing concepts. The first of the Synergy Model grant recipients is now collecting data for a multiphase study of the experiences, expectations and perceptions of patients and families about the quality of care received during hospitalization. The project is intended to validate and use the Synergy Model as a conceptual framework to develop an instrument to measure patient and family satisfaction.

In addition, the Synergy Model will continue to be featured in a bi-monthly column in Critical Care Nurse, as well as in other publications.

New Business
The evaluation of new business opportunities will continue to be a priority for AACN Certification Corporation this year. As with the development of certification exams for clinical nurse specialists in critical care (CCNSs) and acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs), AACN Certification Corporation will continue to seek out and evaluate opportunities that meet the needs of critical care nurses.

Give Us Your Feedback
As always, AACN Certification Corporation will continue to work closely with the AACN member organization to ensure that our efforts are well aligned. Because so many AACN members are currently certified or preparing to become certified, both entities are committed to making certain that our products, programs and communications are relevant, synergistic and valuable to critical care nurses.

We welcome your continued feedback and insight regarding the rapidly changing healthcare climate and how AACN Certification Corporation can continue to provide resources and services that are timely and relevant to critical care nurses and their patients and families. You can contact the AACN Certification Corporation board and staff via our Web site at http://www.certcorp.org.

Patricia A. McGaffigan is director of new clinical markets for Aspect Medical Systems, Natick, Mass.

Congratulations! Volunteers Named to AACN Certification Corporation Groups

Following are the members of the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors and volunteer committees for 2000-01. These volunteers devote valuable time and expertise to overseeing the research and development for exams administered by the corporation. Most committee appointments are for one year, from July 1, 2000, to July 1, 2001. The annual “call for volunteers” to serve on the AACN Certification Corporation item writer, development committee and appeal panel committees is issued each winter. Congratulations to the volunteer appointees for this year. Your commitment to certified critical care nursing practice is appreciated.

Board of Directors
Patricia A. McGaffigan, RN, MS (chair)
Elizabeth M. Nolan, RN, MS, CS (chair-elect)
Jan Foster, RN, MS, CCRN (secretary/treasurer)
Suzanne S. Prevost, RN, PhD, CNAA (director)
Margaret M. Ecklund, RN, MS, CS, CCRN
(AACN Board)
Dorrie Fontaine, RN, DNSc, FAAN (AACN Board)
The Rev. Philip Goff (consumer representative)
Wanda G. Wright, RN, DDS (consumer representative)
Joan F. O’Sullivan (consumer representative)
CCNS Appeal Panel
M. Verklan, RNC, PhD, CCNS, CNA (chair)
Nancy Albert, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNA
Rebecca Aulbach, RN, MS, CCRN
Ellen Elpern, RN, MSN, CCNS
Brenda Hardin-Wike, RN, MSN, CCRN

CCNS Exam
Development Committee
Patricia Atkins, RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN (chair)
Deborah Bingaman, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, CPNP
Elizabeth Bridges, RN, PhD, CCNS
Katherine Collopy, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN
Karen Giuliano, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, ANP, CS, NP
Lorraine Victor, RNC, MS, CCNS
Kathleen Vollman, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, CS

CCNS Exam Item Writer Service
Patricia Atkins, RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN (chair)
Dawn Blake-Holmes, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN
Cynnthia Heimsoth, RN, MSN, CCNS, CS
S. Jill Ley, RN, MS, CCRN
Patricia Moloney-Harmon, RN, MS, CCNS, CCRN
Linda Oakes, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN
Cathy Rosenthal-Dichter, RN, MN, PhD, FCCM
M. Verklan, RNC, PhD, CCNS

CCRN Adult Appeal Panel
Michele Lerch, RN, ADN, CCRN (chair)
Rebecca Aulbach, RN, MS, CCRN
Dennis Cheek, RN, MSN, PhD
Linda Josephson, RN, BSN, CCRN
Kathleen Leonhardt, RN, BSN, CCRN
Chris Porter, RN, BSN, CCRN
Joyce Roth, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNA
Tracey Stover, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN
CCRN Adult Exam Development Committee
Wendy Blakely, RN, MSN, CCRN (chair)
Teresa Goodell, RN, MSN, CCRN
Roberta Kaplow, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN
Jeanne Maiden, RN, MS, CCRN
Michael Relf, RN, MS, CCRN, CS

CCRN Adult Exam Item Writer Service
Wendy Blakely, RN, MSN, CCRN (chair)
Juli Daniels, RN, MSN, CCRN
Michael Day, RN, MSN, CCRN
Deborah Drummonds, RN, MN, CCRN, CEN
Mary Martin, RN, MSN, CCNS, CCRN, CS, CNRN
Margaret McNeill, RN, MS, CCRN
Elliot Stetson, RNC, MSN, CCRN
Terry Tucker, RN, MS, BA, CCRN, CEN

CCRN Neonatal Appeal Panel
Harriet Hawkins, RN, CCRN (chair)
Lori Jackson, RNC, BA, CCRN, NP
Katherine Morrison, RN, MSN, CCRN

CCRN Neonatal Exam Development Committee
Beth Diehl, RN, MS, CCRN, NP (chair)
Jeanne Giebe, RN, MSN, NP
Cathy Haut, RN, MS, CCRN, CPNP
Lori Jackson, RNC, BA, CCRN, NP
Lori Loan, RN, MS
Lou Ann Montgomery, RN, MN, CCNS, CCRN

CCRN Neonatal Exam Item Writer Service
Beth Diehl, RN, MS, CCRN, NP (chair)
Kimberly Clipp, RNC, CCRN, NNP
Arthur Engler, RN, DNSc
Jacqueline Liess, RN, BSN, CCRN
Michelle Scannell, RNC, BSN, CCRN
Nancy Townsend-Navarra, RN, BSN, CCRN

CCRN Pediatric Appeal Panel
Barbara White, RN, BSN, CCRN (chair)
Stuart Eisenberg, RN, BSN
Patricia Kearon, RN, BSN
Lisa Mayerhofer, RN, BSN
Cynthia Wall, RN, MSN

CCRN Pediatric Exam Development Committee
Karen Thomason, RN, MSN, CCRN (chair)
Marianne Chiafery, RN, MSN
Heidi Hess, RN, MSN, CCRN
Christine Kennelly, RN, MSN, CCRN
Lisa Kohr, RN, MSN, CCRN, NP
Deborah Lammert, RN, MSN, CCRN
Paula Moynihan, RN, BSN, CCRN

CCRN Pediatric Exam Item Writer Service
Karen Thomason, RN, MSN, CCRN (chair)
Jeanne E. Braby, RN, MSN, CCRN
Maria S. Chico, RN, MS, CCRN, CPNP
Catherine A. Fleischman, RN, MSN, CCRN
Mary A. Kisting, RN, MS, CCRN
Susan M. Revero, RN, MSN, CCRN, ARNP
Kathryn Sheehan, RN, MSN, CCRN, ARNP
Kathy Lynn Swartz, RN, MS, CCRN

CCRN Recognition Update

Following is additional information about CCRNs who are being recognized for maintaining their certification for 20 or more years. The full list appeared in the June 2000 issue of AACN News.

Omitted From List
26 Years—Linda A. Doughty, RN, ADN, MA
24 Years—Ellen M. Prewitt, RN, MSN, CCRN, NP
22 Years—Mary D. Cornish, RN, CCRN
Irja Kaarina Honka, RN, ADN, CCRN
21 Years—Helen W. Bilder, RN, CCRN

For the Record
Following are CCRNs whose information was incorrect in the June listing.
27 Years—Sharon E. Witmer, RN, MSN, CCRN
24 Years—Patty M. Hawk, RN, ADN, CCRN, MS
23 Years—Betsy McDowell, RN, PhD, CCRN
22 Years—Laura J. Winkler, RN, CCRN
Mary A. Catalana, RN, BSN, CCRN
20 Years—Nancy L. Sparks, RN, CCRN

Gift Certificate Awarded in Survey Drawing

Rosa S. Ohno, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Ann Arbor, Mich., was the winner of a random drawing connected to a Value of Certification Survey distributed at the annual Certification Luncheon at NTI 2000 in Orlando, Fla.

Ohno received a $50 gift certificate, which can be used toward the purchase of any product in the AACN Resource Catalog, any AACN meeting registration or any AACN Certification Corporation exam registration or renewal fee.