AACN Certification Corporation Greets
New members of the AACN Certification
Corporation Board of Directors will begin their duties July 1, when Suzanne S.
Prevost, RN, PhD, succeeds Margaret M. Ecklund, RN, MS, CCRN, CS, as chair.
Taking office with Prevost are Jan Foster, RN,
MSN, CCRN, PhD, chair-elect, and Directors Michael Day, RN, MSN, CCRN, Mindy
Hecker and Tom Hickey. Hecker and Hickey, who both represent consumer interests,
are returning for second two-year terms on the board.
The appointments by the AACN Board of Directors
followed a nominating process in which representatives of AACN Certification
Corporation screened, evaluated and interviewed prospective candidates for the
national leadership positions. Completing her term on the board is
Secretary-Treasurer Beth A. Glassford, RN, MSHA, CHE.
Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, and Carol
Puz, RN, MS, CCRN, will also serve on the board as the appointed representatives
of the AACN Board of Directors.
Following is information about Prevost, Foster
and the other newly appointed or reappointed members of the AACN Certification
Corporation Board of Directors:
Suzanne S. Prevost
Prevost is a professor and the National
HealthCare chair of excellence in nursing at Middle Tennessee State University,
Murfreesboro, Tenn. She is a past recipient of the AACN National Research
Abstract Award and of the AACN National Research Utilization Abstract Award. In
addition, she is consulting editor of Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North
Foster is assistant professor for adult health
and clinical nurse specialist in adult health at Texas Woman�s University,
Houston. She is also director of research at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston.
She is also president of Nursing Inquiry & Intervention, Inc., a healthcare
She is a member of AACN and a member and past
president of the Houston Gulf Coast Chapter of AACN. She has served as an AACN
national volunteer on both the Group of 100 and the NTI Program Task Force, and
as a regional chapter consultant.
She was secretary-treasurer of the AACN
Certification Corporation Board from 1999 to 2001.
Foster graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor
of science in nursing degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and
earned her master of science in nursing degree with honors from the University
of Texas, Houston, and her doctor of philosophy degree with honors from the
University of Texas, Austin.
Day is the outreach educator and clinical nurse
specialist for Northwest MedStar, a critical care transport service based in
Spokane, Wash. He is also a per diem staff nurse in the ICU at Sacred Heart
Medical Center, Spokane.
Day has been a member of AACN since 1989 and has
held a leadership role in several local chapters. He has also served AACN in
several national capacities, including as a member of the AACN Nominating
Committee twice and on task forces and work groups. In addition, he has
contributed to the CCRN certification examination process as a member of the
Item Writers, Exam Development and CCRN Appeals panels.
Day earned his bachelor of science degree in
nursing at Seattle University and his master of science in nursing degree at the
University of Wisconsin-Eau Clare. He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the
Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Mindy A. Hecker
Hecker, of Chevy Chase, Md., is former director
of membership for the American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda, Md.
She received her bachelor of science degree in human ecology from Cornell
University, Ithaca, N.Y., and her master�s degree in business administration
from the University of Miami. She is currently studying for her master�s in
library and information science at Catholic University, Washington, D.C. Hecker
is a member of the American Family and Consumer Science Association.
Thomas L. Hickey
Hickey is founder, president and CEO of
MediQuest, Inc., Canton, Mich. He received his bachelor of science degree in
business management from Oakland University, Rochester, Mich.
Hickey is a member and former chapter director
of the National Association of Vascular Access Network and of the Intravenous
Nurses Society. In addition, he is a board member of the Educational Excellence
Foundation for the Plymouth Canton Schools.
Renew Your CCRN Certification Online
New System Available at
AACN Certification Corporation is pleased to
offer CCRN certificants a new way to apply for renewal. Online CCRN renewal by
CERPs is now available to active adult, neonatal and pediatric CCRNs due to
renew Feb. 1, 2003, or later.
CCRNs who have already used the online system
described it as "nice and fast," "very easy to use" and "much less trouble than
the snail-mail system."
To use this system, simply visit the AACN
Certification Corporation Web site at www.certcorp.org and click the "Online
Renewal" button located on the left side of the screen.
As part of the application process, candidates
selecting this online option are required to electronically "sign" an honor
statement that confirms they have completed 432 clinical practice hours (with
144 hours accrued in the most recent year preceding renewal) and a total of 100
CERPs (with a minimum of 25 CERPs in Category A ) within the previous 3-year
certification period. Renewal fees are payable online via credit card.
After completing the online application, a
candidate must send AACN Certification Corporation verification of his or her RN
license before the renewal can be completed. Verification may be in the form of
a photocopy of the RN license or a letter from the state board of nursing, and
may be sent via e-mail, fax or postal mail. Upon receiving RN license
verification, a card and certificate will be sent to the renewed certificant.
For more information about this new online
renewal system, call (800) 899-2226.
Special Awards Cite the Value of
Contributions that support and foster the
advancement of certified nursing practice in critical care will be honored in
2004 as part of AACN�s Circle of Excellence recognition program.
Nominations and applications for this AACN
Certification Corporation Value of Certification Award are due July 15.
Recipients will be presented a $500 honorarium, as well as a personalized
plaque. This award is sponsored by AACN Certification Corporation.
Award recipients will be announced in AACN
publications and at AACN�s 2004 National Teaching Institute and Critical Care
Exposition, May 15 through 20 in Orlando, Fla.
Support for certification is also recognized by
the Chapter CCRN Certification Drive Award, which honors chapters that
demonstrate the value of CCRN certification by increasing the number of CCRNs in
their chapters during the year. Chapters with the greatest percentage increase
will receive five complimentary tickets to and be recognized at the
Certification Luncheon at the NTI.
To apply for this award, submit the chapter
roster that highlights the CCRNs, as of July 1, 2002, and a chapter roster that
highlights nurses who have achieved CCRN status during the year, as of June 30,
Note: The rosters and application materials are
due Aug. 15.
To obtain a Circle of Excellence awards
application, call (800) 899-2226 or visit the AACN Web site. The application is
also available on Fax on Demand at (800) 222-6329. Request Document #1011.
Check Out What's Online
Certification Resources Abound
Have you visited the AACN Certification
Corporation Web site lately? A wealth of resources and helpful links abound.
Check out the links to information regarding the benefits of certification,
including the certification white paper titled "Safeguarding the Patient and the
Profession: The Value of Critical Care Nurse Certification"; an article titled
"Professional Certification as a Marketing Tool," which appeared in the Journal
of Nursing Administration; and the Advance 2002 Salary Survey. Simply visit