AACN News—April 2001—Certification

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Vol. 18, No. 4, APRIL 2001

Nominations Invited for AACN Certification Corporation Board

AACN Certification Corporation is seeking nominations of individuals to serve on the Board of Directors for FY2003. Terms begin July 1, 2002.

Invited are nominations for the offices of chair-elect and two directors.

Nominations must be received or postmarked by June 15, 2001. Nomination forms can also be obtained by calling (800) 899-AACN (2226) or online at http://www.aacn.org.

The board is made up of individuals from the disciplines being certified and consumer representatives. These board members are accountable for addressing the needs of the users of the certification program.

Reimbursement for travel as well as other expenses are provided for all of these national volunteer positions. Following are brief descriptions of the AACN Certification Corporation positions for which nominations are invited:

Chair-Elect (One 1-Year Term)—The chair-elect works to become familiar with the duties of the chair and consults with the chair to prepare for continuity and a smooth transition of leadership. He or she performs all duties of that position in the chair’s absence.

Director (Two 2-Year Terms)—A director actively participates in governance to ensure the corporation's financial viability and growth; evaluate organizational outcomes based on established priorities and action plans; monitor the impact of corporation initiatives on patient care and healthcare delivery systems; articulate positions and policies to key stakeholders; and ensure a successful relationship between AACN and AACN Certification Corporation. Nominations for both nurse leaders and consumer representatives are being accepted for these positions.

For more information about the Call for Nominations, contact Jan Buffington at (800) 394-5995, ext. 307, or visit the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org.

Celebrate Certification at the NTI in California

From education to celebration, certified critical care nurses can look forward to vast opportunities to renew their spirit and their pride at AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition in May 2001.

In addition to the always popular Certification Luncheon, the 2001 NTI will offer CCRN-, CCNS- and ACNP-certified nurses a new place to gather, network and share their special needs and interests. This new Certification Oasis lounge, which is sponsored by Clarian Health, will be set up as part of the Resource Center.

Inside the Oasis, certified nurses can review certification resources and discuss certification issues with AACN Certification Corporation representatives, including national board members.

At the Certification Luncheon, CCRNs, CCNSs and ACNPs traditionally come together to celebrate their achievements in an energizing and inspirational environment. The 2001 luncheon will feature a discussion of AACN Certification Corporation’s initiative to promote the value of certification.

The luncheon is cosponsored by Atrium Medical Corporation, which again is providing the special luncheon mugs.

The fee to attend the luncheon is $25. Because seating is limited at this ticketed event, nurses who plan to attend are encouraged to return their NTI registration forms as early as possible.
Numerous other sessions and activities throughout the NTI are also targeted to certified nurses or to nurses interested in becoming certified.

The Synergy Model, which has been adopted by AACN Certification Corporation as the framework of the certification program, will be discussed at a session titled “The Synergy Model: Clinical Inquiry and Research.” This presentation will focus on ways to influence practice through research utilization and experiential learning.

NTI 2001 is scheduled for May 19 through 24 in Anaheim, Calif. For more information or to register, call (800) 899-2226 or visit the NTI Web site.

Louisiana Joins States That Now Recognize CCNS Certification

Louisiana has joined the list of states that now recognize CCNS� certification for advanced practice status, bringing the total number of states that have granted this recognition to 15.

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, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. Updates will be provided as the approval process moves through the state boards.

To assist state boards of nursing in determining the status of AACN Certification Corporation as an acceptable certifying agency, the corporation’s Board of Directors has clarified the educational requirements and application review process for the CCNS credential for CNSs in acute and critical care.

In evaluating an accrediting agency, the state boards of nursing often look for specific language to assure them that certain criteria are met. For example, they check to determine whether the national certifying body has educational requirements that are consistent with the requirements of their state’s administrative rules, as well as an application process and credential review that includes documentation that the applicant’s theoretical education and clinical practice are both in the advanced nursing practice category being certified.

Based on the states’ preference for uniform wording, the CCNS examination educational eligibility requirement statement was changed from “a master’s degree in nursing” to “a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program, with evidence of CNS theory and clinical concentration in the care of the patient who is acutely or critically ill.”

The AACN Certification Corporation Board also approved initiation of a change in the CCNS examination application process to include a requirement for transcript review and approval. This change is designed to more closely reflect the corporation’s conformity with model language that requires the national certifying body to have an application process and credential review that includes verification of the applicant’s theoretical and clinical education in the advanced nursing practice category that is being certified.

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 Fees Discounted for Groups

Remember! June 30, 2001, is the deadline to take advantage of the special, discounted CCRN exam fee for candidates who apply as a group with two or more of their colleagues. The “3-Person Discount Flyer,” which must accompany group applications, can be printed from the AACN Certification Corporation Web site at http://www.certcorp.org, or requested by calling (800) 899-2226 or e-mailing certcorp@aacn.org.
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