AACN News—February 2001—Certification

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Vol. 18, No. 2, FEBRUARY 2001

Celebrate the Value of Certification at NTI 2001

Certified critical care nurses attending AACN’s National Teaching Institute in May 2001 will be encouraged to reflect on and celebrate their achievements in a variety of ways.

In addition to the traditional Certification Luncheon, NTI 2001 will provide a special place for AACN Certification Corporation adult-, pediatric- and neonatal-certified critical care nurses (CCRNs), clinical nurse specialists (CCNSs) and acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) to gather, relax and share their experiences. At this Certification Oasis, they can also review certification resources and talk with representatives of the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors and National Office staff about certification issues.

Included among the myriad concurrent sessions addressing knowledge and skills needed by certified nurses are CCRN and CCNS exam preparation courses being offered as part of NTI preconference sessions.

The Certification Luncheon will further showcase CCRNs, CCNSs and ACNPs in critical care. Planned to be an energizing and inspirational event, the luncheon will feature a brief presentation on the current climate of certification and how the trends can be used for the benefit of certified nurses. Participants will also learn more about AACN Certification Corporation’s initiative to promote the value of certification. On hand will be representatives of Burson-Marstellar, the international public relations consulting firm that is assisting in the effort.

Atrium Medical Corporation is cosponsoring with AACN Certification Corporation the Certification Luncheon program, as well as 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.
Another session of interest to certified nurses will focus on the Synergy Model, adopted in 1995 by AACN Certification Corporation as the framework of the certification program. “The Synergy Model: Clinical Inquiry and Research” is the title of a presentation by Ruth Mulnard, RN, DNSc, who is with the Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia at the University of California, Irvine. She 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 about or to register for the NTI, call (800) 899-2226 or visit the NTI Web site.

CCRNs in Action

Nurses planning to attend the NTI are encouraged to submit individual and group photos in advance of CCRNs in their work environments. Photos that include patients must be accompanied
by signed release forms. Brief comments about why individual nurses became certified and continue to value certification are also requested.

Send photos and comments to AACN Certification Corporation, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. These will be used as part of the certification celebration.

Certification Exams Available in Paper-and-Pencil Format During NTI

A paper-and-pencil version of both the CCRN and CCNS certification exams will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. on May 21, 2001, in Anaheim, Calif.—in conjunction with AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition.

All three CCRN and CCNS exams—adult, pediatric and neonatal—will be available.

Preregistration is required to take the paper-and-pencil exams. On-site registration will not be accepted.To take these exams on May 21, special NTI exam applications must be postmarked by March 26, 2001. Candidates who are also attending the NTI and who have not yet registered must return their NTI registration along with the exam application.

Review courses for both exams will be offered the weekend before, on May 19 and 20.

For more information or to obtain application materials, call (800) 899-2226.

Group CCRN Exam Fee Discount Extended

Because of overwhelming response, the three-person CCRN certification exam fee discount that was offered in 2000 has been extended through June 30, 2001.

From New Jersey to Louisiana to Washington, groups of as many as 28 nurses applied to take the adult, pediatric or neonatal CCRN exam by the original Dec. 31, 2000, deadline.

The largest group was from Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, Ind. At St. Mary’s Health Center in Jefferson City, Mo, 17 nurses applied as a group, and at Avera McKenna Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., 15 nurses took advantage of the discount offer.

Other locations where six or more nurses submitted group applications included Lafayette General Hospital, Lafayette, La.; Memorial Hospital Pembroke, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; the Veterans Administration Medical Center Puget Sound and Swedish Medical Center, both Seattle, Wash.; Community Medical Center, Toms River, N.J.; and Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

Under the three-person discount offer, each applicant saves $45 off the fee regularly collected. To take advantage of this extended offer, group application materials must be postmarked by June 30, 2001.

The discounted exam fee is $175 for AACN members and $255 for others. To be eligible for the discount, applications must be accompanied by the “3-Person Discount Flyer,” which is included with the application materials. The flyer can also be printed from the AACN Certification Corporation Web site at www.certcorp.org, or requested by calling (800) 899-2226 or e-mailing certcorp@aacn.org.

All applications and payments, along with the flyer, must be returned in one envelope. However, co-applicants are not required to take the exam at the same time. Confirmation letters are sent within three to four weeks after applications are submitted. Applicants then have 90 days to take the exam.

The 200-item, multiple choice CCRN examination is administered year-round in a computer-based format at more than 300 locations nationwide.

For more information or to obtain an application, call (800) 899-2226 or e-mail certcorp@aacn.org

Apply for Certification Corporation Volunteer Committees by March 1

Don’t forget. March 1, 2001, is the deadline to apply for national AACN Certification Corporation volunteer committee positions. Terms begin July 1, 2001.

Openings are available on the adult, pediatric and neonatal CCRN Exam Item Writer, Exam Development Committee and Appeal Panel groups.
All expenses associated with these volunteer commitments are paid by AACN Certification Corporation, according to AACN policy guidelines.

For more information, call (800) 394-5995, ext. 415, or visit the AACN Web site at http://www.aacn.org.

Who Are the New CCRNs and CCNSs?

Visit the AACN Certification Corporation Web site at http://www.certcorp.org to find out who obtained CCRN or CCNS certification during 2000. The names of critical care nurses who successfully passed the adult, pediatric or neonatal CCRN certification exam or CCNS certification exam for clinical nurse specialists in acute and critical care are now posted on the Web site.The certificants are listed in alphabetical order by state.
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