AACN News—April 2002—Certification

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Vol. 19, No. 4, APRIL 2002

AACN Certification Corporation Seeking Leaders

AACN Certification Corporation is seeking nominations of individuals to serve on the Board of Directors for terms that begin July 1, 2003.
Invited are nominations for the offices of chair-elect and three directors.

Nominations must be received or postmarked by June 14, 2002. The nomination form has been inserted into this issue of AACN News. Nomination forms can also be obtained by calling (800) 899-2226 or online at http://www.aacn.org > Membership > Volunteer Opportunities.

The board is made up of individuals from the disciplines being certified and consumer representatives. These board members are accountable for ensuring sound certification programs that address the competencies required of critical care nurses for excellence in practice and for fulfilling the professional obligation to patients.

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. The Board of Directors selects the chair-elect candidate from the submitted nominations.

Director (Three, 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; monitors the impact of corporation initiatives on patient care and healthcare delivery systems; articulates positions and policies to key stakeholders; and ensures 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> Call for Nominations.

NTI Sessions Geared To CCRN, CCNS Certification

Nurses interested in becoming certified in critical care will want to take advantage of two preconference sessions at AACN�s 2002 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, May 4 through 9 in Atlanta, Ga., which again also features the Advanced Practice Institute.

These sessions will assist participants in preparing for either the adult CCRN exam or the CCNS exam for clinical nurse specialists.

CCRN Review
The Adult CCRN Review is scheduled over two days, May 4 and 5. During this preconference, expert presenters will provide overviews of exam content areas, including pathophysiology and etiology. Selected patient care topics will cover the cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, neurologic, hematology/immunology, gastrointestinal, renal and multisystem problem populations.

The speakers for the Adult CCRN Review are Barbara Leeper, RN, MN, CCRN, Carol M. Hinkle, RN, MSN, BA, CCRN; Carolyn Diane Byrum, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS; Christine Kessler, RN, MN, CS, ANP, Marilyn Sawyer Sommers, RN, PhD, CCRN, FAAN, Mary Kay Bader, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNRN, and Suzanne M. Burns, RN, MSN, CCRN, NP.

To be eligible to take the CCRN certification exam, applicants must have must have an unrestricted RN license and have 1,750 hours in direct bedside care of critically ill patients within two years preceding the date of application (875 of these hours within the most recent year). Nurses serving in manager, educator, CNS or preceptor roles may apply the hours they spend supervising nursing students or nurses at the bedside. Critical care nurses licensed under the Canadian Nurses Association Testing Service exam are also eligible to sit for the CCRN certification exam. (Note that a bachelor of science degree is nursing is not required to sit for the CCRN exam.)

Until June 30, 2002, CCRN exam candidates who apply at the same time as two or more of their colleagues will receive a $45 discount off the application fee. To take advantage of this special offer, candidates must return the 3-Person Discount Flyer, which is available by calling (800) 899-2226 or e-mailing certcorp@aacn.org. The flyer can also be downloaded from the AACN Certification Corporation Web site.

CCNS Preparation
The CCNS exam preparation course is scheduled for one day, May 5. Pat Moloney-Harmon, RN, MS, a past chair of the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors will facilitate this session, with experts presenting an overview of information relevant to the test content outline.

Joining Moloney-Harmon at this session will be two other past chairs of the board, Martha A. Q. Curley, RN, PhD, CCNS, FAAN, and Kimmith M. Jones, RN, MS, CCRN, as well as Daphne Stannard, RN, PhD, and Robin L. Watson, RNC, MN, CCRN.

Eligibility requirements to take the CCNS exam include a current unrestricted RN license; a master�s degree in nursing from an accredited program; 500 hours in direct clinical practice; and evidence of expertise in clinical knowledge, skills and judgment that is directly linked with the candidate�s specialty area of expertise.

For more information or to register for the NTI or API, call (800) 899-2226 or visit the AACN Web site.

Certified Practice: a Foundation for Excellence

Certified Practice: A Foundation for Excellence� is the theme for a presentation that will be made by Therese S. Richmond, RN, PhD, CRNP, CS, FAAN, at the annual Certification Luncheon at NTI. Her presentation is cosponsored by Nabi, in partnership with AACN Certification Corporation

Richmond is associate professor of trauma and critical care nursing in the School of Nursing and associate professor of nursing in surgery in the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. She is also director of the university�s Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program.

The Certification Luncheon, which is scheduled for Monday, May 6, is open to certified CCRNs, CCNSs and ACNPs, who come together to celebrate their achievements in an energizing and inspirational environment. Atrium Medical Corporation sponsors special memento gifts that are given to attendees.

The fee to attend this ticketed NTI event is $25. Because seating is limited, nurses who plan to attend are encouraged to make their reservations as early as possible.

Become an Ambassador for Certified Practice

Are you interested in helping to promote CCRN certification? Become a AACN-CCRN ambassador. Formerly known as the CCRN Liaison Program, this newly launched opportunity seeks to establish a strong, grassroots network of liaisons in every institution and nursing school in the country.

AACN-CCRN ambassadors receive quarterly mailings containing applications and information to post in their workplaces. Ambassadors are entitled to 5 Category O continuing education recognition points per year toward recertification of their CCRN credential.

You do not need to be currently certified to participate in this program.

If you are interested in becoming an AACN-CCRN ambassador, you may sign up online at http://www.aacn.org.

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