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Vol. 23, No. 1, JANUARY 2006

Happy 30th Anniversary CCRN!
42 Nurses Continue Active Certification Today

The New Year brings a milestone for AACN Certification Corporation: the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the CCRN credential! Following is a list of nurses who were among those certified the first year and who remain active today. Congratulations to these pioneers in critical care certification!

Theresa K. Adelgais, RN, CNS, MS, BSc, CCRN
Karen L. Anderson, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Joan S. Arazi, RN, BSN, BA, CCRN, CNRN
Martha C. Baker, MN, PhD, CCRN, CS, APRN
J. Michael Beaty, RN, BS, MN, CCRN, CCNS
Karen C. Biddy, RN, BSN, BS, CCRN
Lucinda J. Bohmont, RN, BSN, MEd, CCRN
Helen M. Camp, RN, CCRN-CMC, PCCN
Billie A. Case, RN, BSN, MBA, CCRN
Jean B Clopton, RN, ADN, CCRN, CEN
Ann Devin, RN, CCRN
Deborah Dolny-Korasick, RN, MA, MN, CCRN
Linda S. Doughty, RN, BS, CCRN
Eileen J. Frame, RN, CCRN
Carmen M. Frye, RN, BS, CCRN
Penny N. Gier, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, CRN
Mary Ann Gottschall, RN, MS, CCRN, RN-C
Christiane E. Grenz, RN, BSN, CCRN
Patricia A. Harris, RN, BSN, CCRN
Maurene A. Harvey, RN, MPH, CCRN, FCCM
Jennifer L. Ivey, RN, BS, BSN, CCRN, CRN
Patricia A. Jordan, RN, ADN, AA, CCRN
Carolyn C. Langstraat, RN, BSN, CCRN
Josette E. Larick, RN, CCRN
Patricia S. Lounsbury, BN, MS, CCRN, CS, APRN
Maureen E. Lucey, RN, BN, BS, BSN, CCRN
Jeannine S. Malin, RN, BS, MN, CCRN, CCNS
Patricia A. Manion, RN, BSN, MS, CCRN, CEN
Marlene S. Oberfoell-Barcelona, RN, BSN,, CCRN
Sandra O’Sullivan, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Ellen M. Prewitt, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP-C
Teresa R. Quigley, RN, BSN, MA, CCRN
Karen L. Ramseyer, RN, BN, CCRN, CEN
Peggy L. Sandels, RN, BSN, BA, CCRN
Suzanne S. Seitz, RN, CNS, MS, CCRN
Melinda F. Smyth, RN, MSN, CCRN, CNA
Ellen R. Sorensen, RN, CNS, MS, MSN, CCRN
Olinda P. Spitzer, RN, BSN, CCRN
Frances M. Watson, RN, BSN, CCRN
Sharon E. Witmer, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN
Catherine E. Woodall, RN, MS, CCRN

At Frankfort Regional, Certification Is Valued

By Christine Slaughter, RN, BSN, CCRN, and Barbara VanHoose, RN, BSN, CPTC

The relationship between certification and quality patient care is undisputed at Frankfort Regional Medical Center in Frankfort, Ky. Nurses who have prepared for and successfully become certified in their areas of specialty provide safe, competent care to the patients they serve. CCRN certification is a nationally recognized validation of excellence. This vision of excellence and a focus on the quality care provided in our ICU were the driving forces that created a culture of certification.

In the past 12 months, 10 ICU nurses at Frankfort have embarked on a journey of certification. Although most of the nurses were familiar with CCRN certification, few had dared to take the challenge of testing. These 10 nurses provide leadership in the ICU as charge nurses and preceptors.

Our facility is in the process of achieving the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet designation. As a part of the Magnet process, the ICU has developed committees that meet monthly to evaluate professional development and research, professional practice and quality. The CCRN candidates are actively involved and leading these committees. They are excellent clinicians who use evidence-based practice at the bedside.

Getting Prepared
With the unwavering support of hospital administration and the ICU manager, several key components were instituted to provide adequate preparation for the examination. As a show of its commitment, the hospital paid the test fees in advance for these nurses. An educator position was approved and a CCRN-certified nurse with 14 years of critical care experience was hired. With the assistance of the director of education, a proposal was submitted for the Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) Web-based program. A user license was purchased for each full-time RN so that he or she could review the modules. This educational opportunity was provided to nurses who were preparing for the CCRN exam, as well as to full-time staff and orientees to the ICU. Two groups were formed, and timelines for module completion were developed. Each full-time nurse was paid for three hours a week, at base salary, for “education” in completion of the ECCO modules to a total of 60 hours. When census and acuity permitted, the nurses accessed and completed the ECCO program at work. Soon, staff began accessing the program at home. In addition, nurses who obtain CCRN certification are awarded points toward the clinical advancement program established at FRMC.

Study materials (books, CD-ROMs, etc.) were purchased by individual staff members. The ICU educator incorporated “cram sessions” that covered key concepts. Staff reported that the most valuable part of the sessions was the question-and-answer period, which consisted of answering 20 to 30 questions independently, followed by a group review of the answers and rationales. This review reinforced difficult concepts and allowed staff to recognize how questions would be presented on the exam.

ICU staff members have provided support and encouragement to each other. They have rallied around one another to get through the modules and conduct group study sessions. One of the CCRN candidates said, “Administration is dedicated to helping me achieve my professional goals in both education and clinical advancement.”

It is now an expectation at Frankfort that, once you are eligible to take the CCRN exam, you will be supported as you embark on this journey to certification. It is the desire of the ICU staff to set the standard by having all nurses at the bedside with CCRN certification. By achieving CCRN certification, the ICU will continue to support Frankfort’s mission to provide excellent service to every patient, every time.

July 1 Deadline to Make Up CCNS Clinical Hours

After July 1, 2006, CCNS candidates must have had 500 clock hours of supervised clinical practice as part of their CNS program, without exception. The window of time to make up any hours through transcripted clinical practice will be closed at that time.

Importance of Certification Mentioned in ACC/AHA Guidelines

The importance of certified nurses is mentioned in the ACC/AHA guidelines for the Management of Patients with ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction (July 2004).

The key point Class I recommendation under Hospital Management (7.1.1-#4 of the recommendations) states: Nursing care should be provided by individuals certified in critical care, with staffing based on the specific needs of patients and provider competencies, as well as organizational priorities. (Level of Evidence: C)

The guidelines can be accessed at http://www.acc.org/clinical/guidelines/stemi/Guide-line1/index.htm.

Would You Prefer to Take Exams in Paper-and-Pencil Format?

At Spring Trends
The deadline to apply for the paper-and-pencil certification exams offered at the Spring Trends conference in Philadelphia, Pa., is Thursday, March 16, 2006. The exam date is Thursday, April 27, 2006. All exams except the CCNS exam will be offered. The special Trends exam application must be used.

At the NTI
The NTI exam application deadline is Tuesday, April 4, 2006. The exam date is Monday, May 22, 2006, in Anaheim, Calif. All exams will be offered. The special NTI exam application must be used.

For more information and to register online, go to www.certcorp.org > What’s New.
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