AACN Certification Corporation Seeking
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
> 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
Call for Nominations.
NTI Sessions Geared To CCRN, CCNS
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
These sessions will assist participants in
preparing for either the adult CCRN exam or the CCNS exam for clinical nurse
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The flyer can also be
downloaded from the AACN Certification Corporation Web site.
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
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
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
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
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
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