AACN News—September 2004—Certification

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Vol. 21, No. 9, SEPTEMBER 2004

Appeals Panel, Item Writer Positions Filled

Appointments have been announced for the Appeals Panels for the CCRN adult, pediatric and neonatal exams and the CCNS exam, as well as for the Item Writers committees for two subspecialty exams scheduled to be launched next year.

Appeals Panels
Appeals panels review and deliberate appeals from individuals whose certification status has expired, or been denied or revoked. Following are the members appointed to these groups:

CCNS Appeals Panel-Adult
Damon B. Cottrell, RN, CSN, MSN, CCRN,
Linda M. Ikuta, RN, CNS, MN, MS, APRN
Mary Lou Sole, RN, PhD, CCNS, FAAN

CCRN Appeals Panel-Adult
Pamela J. Bradshaw, RN, BN, PhD, CCRN, CNA
Henry B. Geiter Jr., RN, ADN, CCRN
Carol A. Knauff, RN, MN, MS, CCRN
Tujuana B. Land, RN, LPN, ADN, CCRN
Justin J. Milici, RN, ADN, CCRN, CEN, CFRN
Jane N. Miller, RN, BSN, CCRN
Mark V. Pavlick, RN, ADN, BS, CCRN
Joyce W. Roth, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, CNA
Lynn M. Simko, RN, MSN, PhD, CCRN
Tracey A. Stover-Wall, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN,
R. Scott Weyland, RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN
Margaret M. McNeill, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN,
Elliot M. Stetson, RN, RN-BC, MSN, CCRN
Karen S. Todd, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN

CCRN Appeals Panel
-Pediatric and Neonatal
Eileen Briening, RN, MSN, CCRN, CRNP
Annette M. Fleck, RN, BSN, CCRN
Fran E. Iacobellis, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Lisa M. Marshall, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Lou Ann Montgomery, RN, MA, PhD

Item Writers
Item writers develop exam questions for each exam item bank and analyze and research problem items. Following are the volunteers appointed to these groups:

Cardiac Medicine Item Writers
Louise R. Cook, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Damon B. Cottrell, RN, CSN, MSN, CCRN,
Linda DeStefano, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS,
Shelba D. Durston, RN, MN, MS, CCRN
Peggy L. Kirkwood, RN, MSN, APRN, NP
Julene B. Kruithof, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Deborah J. Lilly , RN, MSN, CCRN
Gary J. Measom, RN, PhD, CCRN, APRN
Samira Moughrabi, RN, BSN
Pamela C. R. Timothy, MS, APRN, NP

Cardiac Surgery Item Writers
Sarah E. Clarke, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP
Mary M. Franklin, RN, MS, MSN, CS, APRN,
Carol Hafer, RN, BSN, CCRN
Patricia A. Henry, RN, CNS, MS, MSN, CCRN,
Melissa L. Hutchinson, RN, MN, BA, CCRN
Karen A. Kesten, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Linda A. Prinkey-Briggs, RN, MS, MSN,
Carolyn S. Reilly, RN, CSN, MS, DSNc, CCNS,
Kathleen M. Stacy, RN, CNS, MS, MSN, CCRN
Mary Jane Zellinger, MN, MS, CCRN, APRN, NP

For more information about volunteer opportunities visit the AACN Web site.

Members of the Cardiac Medicine
Item Writers group are (from top,
left) Julene B. Kruithof, Samira
Moughrabi, Peggy L. Kirkwood,
Deborah J. Lilly and Linda DeStefano
and (from top, right) Damon B. Cottrell,
Shelba D. Durston, Pamela C. R.
Timothy, Louise R. Cook and
Gary J. Measom.

Members of the Cardiac Surgery
Item Writers group are (from top,
left) Carol Hafer, Patricia A. Henry,
Linda A. Prinkey-Briggs, Kathleen
. Stacy and Karen A. Kesten and
(from top, right) Carolyn S. Reilly,
Mary Jane Zellinger, Mary M.
Franklin, Sarah E. Clarke and
Melissa L. Hutchinson.

Watch for Revised SAE

The CCRN Adult Self-Assessment Exam is expected to be available again in the next few weeks, following revisions not only to make sure it matches the test specifications of the revised CCRN exam, but also to expand it to 60 items. Check the AACN Certification Corporation Web site.

The SAE is a tool designed to give candidates practice with using computers and taking exams online, as well as with actual test questions that have been retired. In addition, test takers can review the rationales for both correct and incorrect answers.

The new SAE offers 20% more content for the same $50 price. Once you purchase the SAE, you will have access to it for 90 days, as long as you do not click “Finish.”

The SAE Revision Committee of experienced item writers evaluated questions, updated references, selected and tested new items, and wrote rationales for items added from the item pool.

Subspecialty Practice Analyses Input Appreciated

Thank you to the nurses who completed the subspecialty practice analyses in cardiac medicine and cardiac surgery. The responses, which will help AACN Certification Corporation develop a quality subspecialty certification program based on current practice across the country, had a 25% and 27% response rate, respectively.

Those who completed the online survey process were eligible for prize drawings.

Receiving complimentary registration for NTI 2005 in New Orleans, La., were Maria Pena, RN, BSN, CCRN, who completed the cardiac medicine practice analysis, and Irma Richardson, RN, BS, CCRN, who completed the cardiac surgery practice analysis. Receiving a $50 gift certificate to the AACN Bookstore were Merri Fran, RN, MSN, CCRN, who completed the cardiac medicine practice analysis, and Patricia Bennett, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, who completed the cardiac surgery practice analysis.

Weave Collaboration into Certification
From Novice to Expert, Nurses Have Role in Optimizing Outcomes

By Carol Puz, RN, BSN, MS, CCRN
AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors

The theme AACN President Kathy McCauley, RN, PhD, FAAN, has chosen for the year is inspiring. Nurses can apply the “Live Your Contribution” theme and associated components of ethics, mentoring, collaboration, presence, truth, competence, compassion and self-knowledge to their daily contributions, regardless of where they work.

They can also apply it through certification, correlating with the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care. Using the Synergy Model nursing characteristic of collaboration to apply knowledge and skills to clinical patient care will allow nurses to work with others proudly and confidently as the journey to certification begins.

The Synergy Model identifies specific nurse characteristics, from novice (Level 1) to expert (Level 5), as they relate to patient care. Applying the characteristic of collaboration, the novice nurse begins to work in partnership with nurse colleagues, and physicians and other team members. As the partnerships expand, patient care is optimized, and the novice nurse moves across the continuum to become the expert, the goal of becoming certified develops into a reality. Nursing care reflects an integration of the knowledge, skills, experience and attitudes required to meet the needs of patients and families. Just as nurse characteristics are derived from patient needs in the synergy model, so are nurse characteristics driven for certification.

At Level 1 (novice), the nurse shows the willingness to be taught, coached and mentored to develop the skills and knowledge that will validate the desire to become certified. The novice nurse then begins the journey across the continuum. At Level 3 (CCRN candidate), the nurse seeks opportunities from colleagues to validate what he or she has learned. This collaborative effort brings meaning and relevance to knowledge application and synthesis. At this point, the nurse has reached the goal of becoming certified. At Level 5 (expert), the nurse maintains the opportunities to teach others and facilitate active involvement in their learning. The ultimate goal of collaboration is to strengthen each healthcare provider’s value and to optimize patient outcomes.

Applying the concept of collaboration from the Synergy Model into certification allows nurses to live their contribution through knowledge validation by participating in the prerequisites that will lead to CCRN, PCCN or CCNS certification. At the expert level, the certified nurse collaborates with the novice nurse to actualize his or her goal of becoming certified, and the cycle continues.

Value Promoted
Certification Part of Culture at Minnesota Hospital

Nursing certification is valued and actively promoted at Park Nicollet Health Services Methodist Hospital, a 426-bed facility in St. Louis Park, Minn. The 20-bed ICU is no exception.

Clinical Nurse Specialist Kristine Peterson, RN, MS, CCRN, CCNS, notes that almost half (20) of the 45 full-time ICU employees are CCRN certified. She credits the certification culture in part to the support and encouragement of Nurse Manager Joanne Purrington, RN, BS, BSN, CAN, who works to create an environment in which certified nurses are recognized and rewarded.

Methodist Hospital has tried different approaches to recognize and honor certified nurses. In the past, their achievements were celebrated at special luncheons, and all received certification plagues. Now, the hospital pays the exam fees, as well as the fees for preparation courses, for each individual who passes the exam. Methodist also pays certification renewal fees.

Purrington encourages individuals to become certified through goal setting during annual performance appraisals.

“When I became manager in 1986, becoming certified was a part of my interview pitch with perspective applicants, and I started writing it into our unit goals over the past four years,” she said.

“When I interview prospective staff, I use our statistic of certified RN staff in critical care nursing as a promotion of the quality of care and professional nursing in our ICU,” Purrington said.

However, Purrington said that it took “one very enthusiastic, goal-driven, highly motivated staff member,” Alyssa Maizan, RN, BSN, CCRN, to gather a group of eight nurses to study for the CCRN exam in 2002.

Purrington’s goal for the unit is to facilitate at least two new CCRNs each year.

Several years ago, plaques were put on display for both staff and families to publicly recognize CCRN certified nurses.

Purrington celebrates with the newly certified nurses by giving them a gift package from funds that managers are allocated to recognize staff members who go above and beyond.

With a goal to obtain Magnet Status, Methodist strives to make its culture of certification one of the magnet attractions to new nurses.

Tracy Appointed to Fill Board Vacancy
Hecker Is New Secretary-Treasurer

Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, has been appointed to the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors to fill the one year remaining in the unexpired term of Thomas L. Hickey, who resigned to devote more time to his business.

Tracy is a critical care clinical nurse specialist at Fairview-University Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minn., and adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

On June 30, she completed a three-year term on the AACN Board of Directors, which she served as secretary. For 2003-04, she also served as an AACN board representative to the AACN Certification Corporation Board.

A member of AACN since 1990, she has served on numerous national level volunteer committees, including the Research Grant Review Panel, Advanced Practice Work Group and NTI Work Group. She was a mentor in the 1999-2000 class of the Wyeth-Ayerst Nursing Fellows Program.

Tracy is a member and past president of the Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter of AACN. In addition, she is a member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and was cofounder of the Metro Area Clinical Nurse Specialist Group in Minneapolis, which is now an affiliate of NACNS. She was also a member of the Minnesota Advanced Practice Nursing Legislative Work Group.

In addition, Mindy Hecker, a consumer representative serving her second, two-year term, was selected to be secretary-treasurer.
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