AACN News—March 2004—Certification

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Vol. 21, No. 3, MARCH 2004


Workforce Development Advocate to Address Certified Nurses
Annual Luncheon at NTI Celebrates Achievements


Janet M. Bingle, RN, MS, a well-known lecturer and nurse consultant, and founder of the Indiana Nursing Workforce Development Coalition, is the featured speaker for the annual Certification Luncheon at NTI 2004 in Orlando, Fla.

This popular luncheon is a ticketed event where CCRN-, CCNS- and ACNP-certified critical care nurses as well as CCRN alumni gather each year to celebrate their achievement and the value of certification.

Currently chief nursing officer for the Community Health Network and vice president of Clinical Standards, Education and Research, Bingle is considered an expert speaker on a range of topics, including Patient Care Redesign, Professional Nursing Practice and Leadership, the Scope and Value of the Clinical Nurse Specialist, Evidence-Based Practice and Advanced Nursing Practice. She was a Distinguished Lecturer for Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society for 12 years.

Her talk at the Certification Luncheon, titled �Certified Nursing Practice Makes a Difference,� offers 0.5 hours of CE credit.
Bingle is a founding member and past president of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. She is currently associate editor of Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal of Advanced Nursing Practice.

Bingle�s presentation is cosponsored by Hill-Rom and Tenet. Atrium Medical Corp. sponsors the special memento mugs that are given to luncheon attendees.

NTI 2004 is scheduled for May 15 through 22. Additional information and registration is available by calling (800) 899-2226. April 6 is the discounted early-bird registration deadline.

CCRN Exam Unavailable From May 17 Through July 9

The CCRN certification examination will NOT be available at AMP assessment centers from May 17 through July 9 as revised exam forms are prepared and distributed to the testing centers.

The revisions to the content of the CCRN exam for adult, pediatric and neonatal critical care nurses follow a comprehensive, two-year study of acute and critical care nursing practice. The exam will continue to have a clinical judgment focus of 80%, with all clinical judgment items to be age specific. The core section encompassing components of the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care will continue to represent 20% of the exam.

Eligibility periods will be extended to allow exam candidates the full 90 days to schedule and sit for the CCRN exam. Computer-based testing will resume on July 12 with the revised, 150-question, three-hour CCRN exam.

PCCN and CCRN Item Writers Contribute Expertise

PCCN Item Writers

Item writers for AACN Certification Corporation�s new PCCN certification exam for progressive care nurses, as well as for the revised CCRN certification exam met recently in Costa Mesa, Calif. Members of the corresponding Exam Development Committees were to meet this month. Item writers who gathered are Norma V. Barlow, RN, MSN, CCRN, Madeleine M. Burke, RN, BSN, CCRN, Stephanie L. Calcasola, RN, MSN, Gyl G. Corona, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS, Jo Ellen Craghead, RN, MSN, CCRN, Beverly E. George-Gay, RN, MSN, CCRN, Sabrina P. Gmerek-Pettus, RN, MSN, ARNP, BC, CCRN, Linda G. Martinez, RN, MSN, CCRN, CS, Kathleen A. Mendez, RN, MS, CNS, CCRN, Mary A. Stahl, RN, MSN, CCRN, APRN, BC, and Susan E. White, RN, MSN, CNS.

Adult CCRN Exam Item Writers

Item writers for the adult CCRN exam are Devin S. Carr, RN,
CS, MSN, CCRN, RRT, Leslie A. Collins, RN, MS, CCRN,
CCNS, APRN, Shelba D. Durston, RN, MSN, CCRN, Joni L.
Dirks, RN, MS, CCRN, Nicolette C. Mininni, RN, MEd, CCRN,
Marthe J. Moseley, RN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, Barbara A. Rose,
RN, CNS, PhD, CCRN, and Kimberly K. Smith, RN, MS, CCRN.

Pediatric CCRN Exam Item Writers

Item writers for the pediatric CCRN exam are Barb Bungard,
RN, BSN, CCRN, Marcella L. Donkin, RN, MSN, CPNP, CCRN,

Michael A. Frakes, RN, BSN, CCFN, CFRN, Suzan R. Miller-Hoover,
RN, MS, CCNS, Kay Rhoades, RN, MSN, ARNP, CCRN, CCNS,
Diana Scolaro-Cook, RN, BSN, CCRN, Jodie Stabinski, RN, BS,
CCRN, and Jamie Langdon Wiggins, RN, BSN, CCRN.

Neonatal CCRN Exam Item Writers

Items writers for the neonatal CCRN exam
are Wanda Todd Bradshaw, RNC, MSN, CCRN,
Gina M. Harris, RNC, MSN, NNP, CCRN, Jeanette
Harrison, RN, MSN, CCNS, Diane E. McClure, RN,
MSN, CCRN, CNS, C, CPNP, Michelle M. Scannell,
RN, CCRN, and Michelle Stormont, RN, BSN, CCRN.