Volunteer Groups Contribute to Exam
Four Exam Development Committees met in March in
Costa Mesa, Calif., to review and approve items for the revised adult, pediatric
and neonatal CCRN exams and new PCCN for progressive care nurses. Select members
of the committees worked on reviewing and approving core items in professional
caring and ethical practice. They are RoseMarie Faber, Shannon Carefoot, Marthe
J. Moseley, Karen K. Thomason and Claire H. Curran. Paper-and-pencil versions of
the new exams are being given this month in Orlando, Fla.
Year-Round CCRN Testing Resumes July 12
Year-round computer-based testing for the CCRN exam
will resume on July 12 at AMP assessment centers, following preparation and
distribution of revised exam forms. Eligibility periods will be extended to
allow exam candidates the full 90 days to schedule and sit for the CCRN exam.
PCCN Exam Available in August
The new PCCN exam is scheduled to be ready for
computer-based testing in mid-August.
For more information about certifications offered by
AACN Certification Corporation, call (800) 899-2226 or go online.
Members of the Progressive Care Exam Development
Committee are (from left, seated) Kathleen M.
JoEllen Craghead (chair) and Robert Kaplow (board
liaison) and (from left, standing) Gerard B.
Susan V. Helms, Dawn Brooks and Carla Teresa
Members of the Adult CCRN Exam Development
Committee are (from left, seated) Kim J.
Barbara L. Miller and Claire H. Curran and (from
standing) Kimberly M. Tauscheck, Henry B. Geiter,
Shannon Carefoot and Marthe J. Moseley (chair).
Members of the Pediatric CCRN
Exam Development Committee are
(from left, seated) Rizalina V. Mauricio
and Christina M. Karaszewski and
(from left, standing) Karen K.
Thomason (chair) and RoseMarie Faber.
Members of the Neonatal CCRN
Exam Development Committee are
(from left, seated) Rachel A. Joseph
and Beth McCleery and (from left,
standing) Sarah K. Shingleton and
Beth Diehl-Svrjcek (chair).
CCRN Renewals Do Not Require Submitting CERP
As a reminder to CCRNs due to renew their
credential, the process no longer requires submission of CERP logs. The change
applies to both online and paper renewals.
However, certificants must continue to keep a log of
CERP activities and maintain evidence of achievement of the required CERP hours
to satisfy an audit of CE records if selected. A CERP log form is included in
the CCRN Renewal Handbook.
The new process requires certificants to complete an
application and sign the honor statement, which indicates that they have
completed the appropriate number of CERPs in each category. Certificants may
choose to submit a paper application by mail or fax, or they may choose the
online option, available on our website.
More than 4,000 CCRNs have taken advantage of the
online renewal process since it was implemented in April 2003.
Self-Assessment Exam Online Undergoing Updates
The online CCRN Self-Assessment Exam has been
suspended pending updates to match revisions to the test plan. The online SAE is
scheduled to be available again in mid-September.
Additional information about this resource will be
included in future issues of AACN News, the weekly Critical Care Newsline
electronic newsletter and on our website.