AACN News—June 2003—Certification

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Vol. 20, No. 6, JUNE 2003


AACN Certification Corporation Greets New Leadership

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 America.

Jan Foster
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 consulting firm.

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.

Michael Day
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 http://www.certcorp.org

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 Certification

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, 2003.

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 http://www.certcorp.org.