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Vol. 23, No. 12, DECEMBER 2006

CMC and CSC Certificants Respond

Survey Shows Subspecialty Certification Valued

AACN recently surveyed newly certified CMC and CSC certificants. Survey participants confirmed the main reasons for taking the certification exams are to validate knowledge, skills and abilities; demonstrate commitment to their specialty; pursue professional development: measure skills against national standards; have better career advancement opportunities: and gain respect from colleagues. One quarter of the respondents said that their facilities are applying for Magnet status. Most of the respondents have attached their subspecialty certifications to their CCRN, a few to their CCNS, PCCN and ACNP.
The majority of those who responded indicated their employers are aware of subspecialty certifications. About half indicated that their facilities have a clinical ladder as part of a professional development and advancement program.

Encouraging Words

Considering becoming certified? The following messages were among those written by nurses at the NTI 2006 Certification Celebration to encourage nurses considering certification. Postcards with the handwritten messages are being included in exam handbooks and other certification preparation materials.

You have the courage and knowledge within you. Reach for your dream without fear of failure, but with the vision of satisfaction as you achieve your dream and become a better care provider. JUST DO IT!!

Your energy is contagious! Your never ending quest for knowledge and in giving the best care possible is inspiring. You have so much to offer to other nurses on our unit, our organization and most importantly the patients and their families. Validate what you know and do and be proud; become certified!

Certification has been an important part of my nursing life. It helped me to feel confident in my knowledge and abilities to be the best nurse I could. I encourage and applaud you in this endeavor.

30th Anniversary Congratulations to More 30-year CCRNs!

This year, 2006, has marked AACN’s benchmark 30th year of the CCRN credential. Congratulations to all our 30-year CCRNs. You are an inspiration for so many nurses. Here are photos of several more of our 30-year CCRNs:

From Left: Billie A. Case, Maurine Harvey, Carolyn Langstrat,
Suzanne Seitz, Kathy Cadden, Olinda P. Spitzer.

Nurse Manager Practice Task Force Convened

AACN and AACN Certification Corporation held a joint Nurse Manager Practice Analysis Task Force meeting. The task force included first-line nurse managers from critical care, progressive care, medical-surgical units and emergency departments. The purpose was to develop a survey for a national study of practice, which will be conducted online after the first of the year.
Pending results of the practice analysis, recommendations will be made for how AACN and AACN Certification Corporation can best serve the needs of this key nursing group.

For the Record

Rita Randolph, CCRN, Marilyn Beller, RN, CCRN, and Janet Culton, RN, BSN, CCRN, were inadvertently omitted from the list of those who had reached 20 consecutive years of CCRN certification during the past year. The list was published in the September issue of AACN News.
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