AACN News—February 2000—Certification

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Vol. 17, No. 2, FEBRUARY 2000


Texas and Idaho Join States Recognizing CCNS Certification

Texas and Idaho now recognize CCNS� certification for advanced practice status, bringing the total number of states that have granted recognition to 10.

AACN Certification Corporation has contacted the State Boards of Nursing in all 50 states to request approval of the CCNS exam process for this role. Depending on the wording of each state’s specific statute or rule for recognizing the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) role for advanced practice, this approval can be either of AACN Certification Corporation as an authorized certification body or of the exam itself.

Other states that have to date approved the CCNS exam or listed AACN Certification Corporation as an approved certification body are Alabama, California, Iowa, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah and Wisconsin. Updates will be provided as the approval process moves through the state boards.

Note: Certification obtained through AACN Certification Corporation is a voluntary process and is intended to test only for specialized knowledge. AACN Certification Corporation is not authorized to define qualifications of any person for nursing practice. The significance of certification in any jurisdiction is dependent on the statutes in that jurisdiction, and it is the individual candidate’s responsibility to contact the appropriate state board of nursing to obtain information pertaining to licensure requirements.

CCRN and CCNS Candidates Can Take Paper-and-Pencil Version of Exams During NTI

A paper-and-pencil version of both the CCRN� and CCNS� certification exams will be administered on May 21, 2000, during AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ in Orlando, Fla.

March 27, 2000, is the postmark deadline to submit the special NTI exam applications. No on-site registrations will be accepted.

Applications can be received by calling (800) 899-2226 and requesting either the CCRN or the CCNS exam at NTI. Attendance at NTI is not required to sit for the exam.

Special testing fee rates of $150 for the CCRN exam and $250 for the CCNS exam for clinical nurse specialists in acute and critical care are being offered. All three versions—adult, pediatric and neonatal—of the exams are available at this special NTI testing session.

Computer-based testing for both the CCRN and CCNS exams are administered year-round at Sylvan Learning Center sites throughout the country.

The May 21 test date does not allow for certification candidates to take the review and preparation courses offered as NTI preconferences on May 20 and 21, so come ready to test.

Learn More About the Synergy Model

Synergy is at the heart of the reconceptualized model of certified practice adopted by AACN Certification Corporation. As such, it forms the basis of the framework for both the CCRN� and CCNS� certification exams.

If you are planning to attend AACN’s National Teaching Institute, May 20 through 25, 2000, in Orlando, Fla., you will have an opportunity to gain insight into the Synergy Model.

Patricia McGaffigan, RN, MS, chair-elect of AACN Certification Corporation, will lead a panel discussion of ways to successfully implement the Synergy Model.

The concept will be examined further in another session, titled “Synergy: Under the Microscope.” This session will be presented by Kimmith Jones, RN, MSN, CCRN, chair of AACN Certification Corporation, and Karen Sechrist, RN, MSN, PhD, FAAN, principal and research specialist at Berlin Sechrist Associates, Irvine, Calif.

The Synergy Model is based on the premise that the needs or characteristics of patients and their families should influence and drive the characteristics or competencies of nurses.

Approximately 20% of the adult, pediatric and neonatal CCRN exams relate to the professional caring and ethical practice aspects of critical care nursing. The other 80% of the exam content continues to focus on clinical judgment.

The revisions are part of an ongoing effort by AACN Certification Corporation to ensure that the certification process is not only valid and reliable, but also reflects the knowledge and experience necessary to effectively meet patients’ needs.

Luncheon Celebrates Certified Nurses

Are you certified in critical care? Join others who are, too, at the Certification Luncheon at AACN’s National Teaching Institute,™ May 20 through 25, 2000, in Orlando, Fla.

This annual luncheon formerly spotlighted CCRNs, who gathered to celebrate the value of and pride in their achievement. For NTI 2000, the event is expanded to include clinical nurse specialists who have obtained CCNS certification through testing that began in January 1999, as well as acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs), who are certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in collaboration with AACN Certification Corporation.

Speaking at the luncheon will be Kimmith Jones, RN, MSN, CCRN, chair of AACN Certification Corporation. Atrium Medical Corporation and Subaru of America, Inc., are cosponsors of the Certification Luncheon Special Session, which follows the luncheon. The session speaker will be Karlene M. Kerfoot, RN, PhD, CNNA, FAAN.

As a ticketed session, the Certification Luncheon requires advance reservations. Because seating is limited, early registration is encouraged. Luncheon tickets, available only to CCRNs, CCNSs and ACNPs, are $25.

NTI Preconference Sessions Include CCRN and CCNS Preparation Courses

Are you preparing to take either the CCRN� or CCNS� exam? Preconference sessions scheduled at AACN’s National Teaching Institute,™ May 20 through 25 in Orlando, Fla., include review courses.

In addition to the Adult CCRN Review Course, which was offered in the past, review sessions for both the pediatric and neonatal CCRN exams are scheduled in Orlando. The adult and pediatric CCRN reviews are scheduled for two days—May 20 and 21. The Neonatal CCRN Review Course will be one day only—May 21.
In addition, a session on preparing for the CCNS exam for clinical nurse specialists in acute and critical care is scheduled for May 21.

The Adult CCRN Review Course is being coordinated by Maurene A. Harvey, RN, CCRN, MPH, FCCM. Joining her as presenters will be Carol Hinkle, RN, MSN, CCRN, Barbara Leeper, RN, MN, CCRN, and Suzanne M. Burns, RN, MSN, CCRN, RRT, ACNP-CS.

Coordinating the Pediatric CCRN Review Course is Maureen T. Rorke, RN, MSN, CCRN. Robin Watson, RN, MN, CCRN, is coordinating the Neonatal CCRN Review Course.

Vickie A. Miracle, RN, MSN, EdD, CCNS, CCRN, is the speaker for the CCNS exam preparation course.

For more information about NTI 2000, call (800) 899-AACN (2226) or (949) 362-2000, ext. 595, from outside the United States, or visit the NTI Web site. The discounted, early-bird deadline to register is April 11, 2000.

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