AACN News—March 2000—Certification

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Vol. 17, No. 3, MARCH 2000


Special Certification Session Features Karlene Kerfoot

Critical Care Nursing: Living a Life of Significance" is the title of the speech that will be delivered by Karlene, Kerfoot, RN, PhD, CNAA, FAAN, at the special certification session during AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, May 20 through 25, 2000, in Orlando, Fla.

This special session follows the annual Certification Luncheon, where thousands of CCRNs, CCNSs and ACNPs will gather to celebrate their contributions as certified nurses in critical care.

Kerfoot, who is chief of patient care at Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, Tex., will emphasize the value of critical care nursing in her speech, which is open to all NTI participants. The certification special session is cosponsored by Atrium Medical Corporation and Subaru of America, Inc.

Speaking at the Certification Luncheon will be Kimmith Jones, RN, MSN, CCRN, chair of AACN Certification Corporation. The title of Jones’ speech is "Flying in Formation: The Power of Your Credential." Advance reservations are required for the luncheon, which is a ticketed session. Because seating is limited, early registration is encouraged. Luncheon tickets, available only to CCRNs, CCNSs and ACNPs, are $25.

Although this luncheon has been for CCRNs only, in the past, it has been expanded for NTI 2000 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.

Also at the NTI
Numerous NTI sessions, including preconferences, are geared to certification topics.

Participants preparing to take either the CCRN or CCNS exam can register for review sessions, which are part of the preconference schedule on May 20 and 21. The adult and pediatric CCRN reviews are scheduled for both days. The neonatal CCRN review will be one day only, on May 21. Maurene A. Harvey, RN, CCRN, MPH, FCCM, will coordinate the adult review. Maureen T. Rorke, RN, MSN, CCRN, will coordinate the pediatric review, and Robin Watson, RN, MN, CCRN, will coordinate the neonatal review.

Vickie A. Miracle, RN, EdD, CCRN, CCNS, will facilitate the CCNS preparation session on May 21.

The Synergy Model, the reconceptualized model of certified practice that has been adopted by AACN Certification Corporation, will be discussed at two sessions at the NTI.

"Synergy: Under the Microscope" is the title of a session that 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. In addition, Patricia McGaffigan, RN, MS, chair-elect of AACN Certification Corporation, will lead a panel discussion, titled "The Synergy Model: Successful Implementation."

The Synergy Model, which forms the framework for both the CCRN and CCNS certification exams, 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.

For more information about NTI 2000, call (800) 899-2226 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.

Houston-Gulf Coast Chapter Honors CCRNs

AACN President Anne W. Wojner (center, photo at left) joined Houston-Gulf Coast Chapter President Greta Grady (left) and President-elect Steve Carbone at the dinner to honor CCRNs (photo at right)

The Houston-Gulf Coast Chapter of AACN recently hosted a special dinner to recognize CCRNs for their commitment in achieving and maintaining the certification for nurses practicing in adult, pediatric and neonatal critical care.

As the keynote speaker, AACN President Anne W. Wojner, RN, MSN, CCRN, applauded the approximately 70 CCRN-certified AACN members who attended for their commitment to excellence, and exhorted them to continually seek out additional opportunities to improve their practice. Wojner cited the following compelling reasons to achieve certification:

• To make an optimal contribution to the care of patients and families
• To improve practice performance
• To support the belief that certification ensures practitioner competency and protects patients
• To take an opportunity toshowcase excellence.

Chapter board members also addressed the guests and thanked them for their dedication to lifelong learning, and for strengthening the stance for nursing as a whole in their roles as irreplaceable bedside practitioners. In addition, a one-page flier outlining studies that demonstrate the link between CCRN certification and improved practice outcomes was distributed.

The cost of the dinner and prizes that were part of a raffle were sponsored fully by nine vendors: Burroughs Wellcome, Atrium Medical Corporation, Spacelabs Medical, Hill-Rom, Agilent Technologies, KCI, Stryker, Bard, and U.N.L.I.M.I.T.E.D. International.

March 27, 2000, Is Postmark Deadline to Apply for CCRN and CCNS Exam at NTI

March 27, 2000, is the postmark deadline to submit applications to take the special paper-and-pencil version of either the CCRN� or CCNS� certification exam, which will be administered on May 21, 2000, during AACN’s National Teaching Institute in Orlando, Fla. No on-site registrations will be accepted.

To obtain an application, call (800) 899-2226. Specify that you are 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 is 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.