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Vol. 22, No. 6, JUNE 2005

Meet the New AACN Certification Corporation Leadership Team; Terms Begin July 1, 2005

The AACN Certification Corporation is poised for a change in leadership July 1 as Judy Verger, RN, MSN, CCRN, CRNP, succeeds Jan Foster, RN, MSN, PhD, CCRN, as chair of the corporation’s Board of Directors.

Taking office with Verger are Rebecca Long, RN, MS, CCRN, CMSRN, chair-elect, Deborah Greenlaw, RN, MS, MSNc, CCRN, APRN, ACNP-CS, Susan Helms, RN, MN, MS, CCRN, and Carol Melman, all directors. Their 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 these national leadership posts.

Returning to the board are Directors Beth Martin, RN, MSN, CCNS, CNRN, and Kevin Reed, RN, MSN, CAN, BC. Completing their terms are Secretary-Treasurer Mindy Hecker and Director Michael W. Day, RN, MSN, CCRN. Another director, Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, will become president-elect of AACN on July 1.
Caryl Goodyear-Bruch, RN, PhD, and Denise Buonocore, RN, APRN-BC, CCRN, have been appointed as representatives of the AACN Board of Directors to the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors.

Following is information about Verger and the other newly appointed members of the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors:

Judy Verger
Verger is with the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and is a per diem advanced practice nurse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

She has served at the national level on the Research Review Panel, NTI Work Group, Advanced Practice Work Group and Pediatric Advisory Team. She has also been an AACN online continuing education item writer.

Verger is a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of AACN.

Rebecca Long
Long is an academic educator and clinical nurse specialist with the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, San Diego, Calif. She is an instructor in medical-surgical and critical care in the baccalaureate nursing program at San Diego State University.

A member of AACN since 1984, she served on the national Board of Directors from 2000 to 2003 and on the AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors in 2003. Long was the AACN legislative fellow in 1993. She is a member and past president of the San Diego Area Chapter of AACN.

Long is also a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurses of Veterans Affairs and Sigma
Theta Tau.

Deborah Greenlaw
Greenlaw is an acute care nurse practitioner at the South Carolina Heart Center, Columbia.

At the national level, she has served on the AACN Awards Review Panel, Board Advisory Team, Advanced Practice Work Group and NTI Work Group. In addition, she was an AACN board community liaison and AACN liaison to the American College of Nurse Practitioner’s National Summit.

She is a member and former treasurer of the Upstate Chapter of AACN.

Susan Helms
Helms is a critical care nurse specialist in the critical care division of Rowan Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, N.C.

At the national level, Helms has been a member of the AACN Progressive Care Task Force, Progressive Care Advisory Team, Scholarship Review Panel, Awards Review Panel and Board Advisory Team. She has also served on the Progressive Care Exam Development Committee, on the PCCN Self-Assessment Committee and as an AACN/CCRN ambassador.

She is a member and past president of the Greater Greensboro Chapter of AACN and is also a member of the Old Salem Chapter.

Carol Melman
Melman of Newtown Square, Pa., is a consumer representative to the corporation board. She believes that having an adequate number of good healthcare providers is essential. She says that, though she has experienced and witnessed negative aspects of healthcare involving her own family members, she has also seen the positive side in nursing.

“If the feedback from a regular consumer such as myself can help AACN maintain its mission and inspire nurses to act positively, that is an issue to champion,” she says.

Melman is a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation volunteer.

Online Self-Assessment Exam Takers Offer Feedback

Nearly 500 nurses have taken online self-assessment exams since revisions were made to the CCRN version in September and the PCCN version was launched in November. The table at right presents some of the results of evaluations completed by those who have taken the CCRN SAE and PCCN SAE:

Following are some frequently asked questions about the SAEs:

Q: What are pediatric questions doing on the adult CCRN SAE?
A: Glad you asked! The nonclinical judgment questions that deal with areas such as caring practices, collaboration, diversity and facilitation of learning are not age specific. Therefore, the adult exam could ask about a situation that involves a child or neonate, and the pediatric or neonatal exam could have a question about an adult patient. These are not clinical judgment items, and it is felt that those type of questions test general nursing knowledge that could be applicable to any patient situation. The CCRN SAE includes at least one question like this.

Q: Can I view my SAE more than once?
A: When you complete the exam, you are given options either to return later or to score the exam. If you select the score option (finish), you will no longer be able to access your test.

You will be able to display your overall results, but you will no longer have access to your answers or the explanations. After the summary reports are displayed, an e-mail message with the results is sent to you. If you want access to your SAE throughout the 90-day access period, do not opt to score or “finish” your exam until you are ready to complete your access period. However, it is recommended to take advantage of obtaining your score report prior to the end of your access period.

Q: I’d like to see more of these. How often will they be updated?
A: Because one SAE (either PCCN or CCRN) per renewal period can count toward CERPs, we plan to change them at least every three years.

Q: How do I retrieve my password or my score report?
A: If you provided an e-mail address during your online registration for the SAE, you will receive your username and password via e-mail (and your score report after you’ve completed the exam). If you have not saved this information, contact AMP at (913) 541-0400, ext. 4565.

The SAE exams are available at www.certcorp.org.

CMC and CSC Certification Off to a Good Start

There are now more than 110 new subspecialty CMC (cardiac medicine) and CSC (cardiac surgery) certificants. Congratulations to these pioneers who are among the first to achieve certification in these subspecialties.

Score Reports Are Instant
CMC and CSC examinees now receive their score reports as soon as they have completed the exams at the testing centers.

Early candidates did not receive their scores instantly. However, the critical mass of examinees needed to perform an in-depth item analysis has since been accumulated, ensuring that the exams are psychometrically sound and legally defensible.

Additional information about these exams is available at www.certcorp.org.

Did You Know?

Did you know that 66% of AACN members are certified through AACN Certification Corporation?
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