AACN News—March 2001—Certification

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Vol. 18, No. 3, MARCH 2001


Promote and Recognize CCRN Certification

The mission of AACN Certification Corporation is to be a leader in providing comprehensive credentialing programs that contribute to achieving desired health outcomes for individuals.
CCRN-certified nurses have the advanced body of knowledge necessary to care for the complex needs of patients who are acutely or critically ill. However, professional recognition, understanding and promotion of the value of certification can be a challenge in an ever-changing healthcare environment. How do certified nurses market the value of certification and promote the professional recognition they deserve? Following are some suggestions.

Share Your Pride in Certification
• Demonstrate to administrators, colleagues, patients and physicians the advanced body of knowledge required for certification.
• Explain that seeking certification is a voluntary process that requires rigorous study and successful completion of a challenging national examination.
• Emphasize the fact that only about 65% of certification candidates pass the national examination.
• Describe the professional development and specialized practice that is necessary for recertification.
• Share your commitment to excellence and how certification has brought you personal fulfillment.

Be a Leader
• Be a leader in your place of employment.
• Be open and willing to share your knowledge and critical-thinking skills.
• Volunteer to participate on committees for improved patient care.
• Serve as mentors to your colleagues.
• Effect change by being a positive influence in today’s changing healthcare environment.
• Participate actively in your local AACN chapter; support other participants, deliver professional presentations, serve as an officer or volunteer your service in community health outreach
initiatives.


Recognize Achievements
• Promote the value of certification by proudly displaying names and photographs of the CCRN-certified nurses in your place of employment.
• Display your credentials on your name badge.
• Seek support and commitment from your administrators to reward and recognize the CCRN-certified nurses.
• Become a CCRN liaison, which will give you the opportunity and materials to increase professional recognition and promote the value of certification in your place of employment.

Share your success stories and ways you have promoted the CCRN credential and received recognition. AACN Certification Corporation would love to hear from you. Contact us at (800) 394-5995, ext. 244; fax, (949) 362-2020, Attn: CertCorp; e-mail, certcorp@aacn.org.


Find an Oasis for Certification at NTI 2001

Certified critical care nurses who attend AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition in May 2001 will discover an “oasis” where they can gather, relax and share their experiences.

Debuting at the NTI is the Certification Oasis, a place that has been set aside to accommodate the special needs and interests of certified nurses. In addition to encouraging networking, the Oasis will provide certified nurses the opportunity to review certification resources and discuss certification issues with AACN Certification Corporation representatives, including national board members. The lounge will be available to certified adult-, pediatric- and adult critical care nurses (CCRNs), clinical nurse specialists (CCNSs) who are certified in acute and critical care, and acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs).

Numerous educational sessions and activities throughout the NTI are geared to certified nurses.

Always popular is the annual Certification Luncheon, where CCRNs, CCNSs and ACNPs celebrate their achievements in an energizing and inspirational environment.
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.
In addition to concurrent sessions during the NTI, two preconference sessions are offered to assist participants in preparing for the CCRN and CCNS certification exams.

The two-day Adult CCRN Review Course will be facilitated by Barbara Leeper, RN, MN, CCRN. In reviewing the exam content, expert presenters will discuss pathophysiology, etiology and selected patient-care topics.

A one-day preconference, titled “Preparing for the CCNS Certification,” will be facilitated by Diane Mick, RN, PhD, CCNS. An overview of information relevant to the test content outline will be presented by experts.

The Synergy Model, which was adopted in 1995 by AACN Certification Corporation as the framework of the certification program, will be discussed at one of the NTI concurrent sessions. Ruth Mulnard, RN, DNSc, who is with the Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia at the University of California, Irvine, will present the session, titled “The Synergy Model: Clinical Inquiry and Research.” The 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. The discounted, early-bird deadline to register is April 10, 2001.

Apply by March 26 to Take Certification Exam at NTI


March 26, 2001, is the deadline to apply to take the paper-and-pencil version of the CCRN or CCNS certification exam on May 21, 2001, in Anaheim, Calif.

All three CCRN and CCNS exams—adult, pediatric and neonatal—will be administered from 1 to 5 p.m. that day, during AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition.

Preregistration is required to take these exams. On-site registration will not be accepted. The 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.


Highlighting CCRNs: Share Your Pride; Submit Your Photos

CCRNs will be highlighted as part of a celebration of certification during AACN’s National Teaching Institute™ and Critical Care Exposition in May 2001 in Anaheim, Calif.

In preparation, AACN Certification Corporation is seeking both individual and group photos of CCRNs in action in their work environments, as well as brief, written comments about why certification is sought and valued. Photos that show patients must be accompanied by signed release forms.

Send your photos and comments to AACN Certification Corporation, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

NTI 2001 is scheduled for May 19 through 24. The discounted, early-bird deadline to register is April 10, 2001. To register or for more information, call (800) 899-2226 or visit the NTI2001 Web site .


Take Advantage of CCRN Exam Group Discount

Have you and your colleagues talked about taking the CCRN certification exam, but just never taken the final step? Now is a great time to follow through on this goal.

The special, discount offer for three or more candidates to apply as a group to take the adult-, pediatric- or neonatal- exam has been extended through June 30, 2001. The discounted exam fee is $175 for AACN members and $255 for others, saving each applicant $45.

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 http://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. Confirmation letters are sent within three to four weeks. Applicants then have 90 days to take the exam. Co-applicants are not required to take the exam at the same time,
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