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Vol. 23, No. 10, OCTOBER 2006


PCCN Renewal Handbook Now Available


The new PCCN Renewal Handbook is now available online atwww.certcorp.org > What's New > CCRN & PCCN Renewal by Synergy CERPs and under Documents > PCCN Documents > PCCN Recertification.

This 32-page document is similar to the CCRN Renewal Handbook and includes detailed information and CERP logs for the two CERP renewal programs, Renewal by CERPs (current program) and Renewal by Synergy CERPs (launches Jan. 1, 2007). PCCNs who want to renew by exam must obtain a copy of the Certification Exam Handbook for an application. PCCNs may be inactive for up to three years, but alumnus or retired status is not currently an option for this credential.

The PCCN Renewal Handbook is available online. A copy of the handbook is mailed to PCCNs three to four months prior to their renewal date.

PCCNs may also renew online; it’s fast and easy. You do not need to submit CERP documentation unless you are audited. Save your CERP information for the renewal period, as you could be audited anytime, even after successful renewal.


More Encouraging Words From Certified Nurses


These messages were written on postcards at the NTI 2006 Certification Celebration:

You can do it! Certification is so important to you, your career and your patients. Your desire to become certified means that you are focused on quality care for your patients.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Don't be afraid to move outside your comfort zone. Take the chance; the rewards are amazing! Trust in yourself and good luck! E-mail me when you decide.

Your contemplation of taking the certification exam is the first step. Once you achieve certification, the enormity of what you have accomplished will become your badge of honor. I wish you luck and I hope the wisdom, experience and knowledge you have will serve you well in your quest!

You are smart enough and brave enough to do this. Becoming certified is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Becoming certified acknowledges your level of knowledge, skill and commitment to patients, families, your colleagues and yourself. You can do this. I look forward to celebrating your success!

I cannot begin to find the words to encourage you to become certified. The value of certification will not only become profound by enhancing your knowledge base, it will clearly show us all of your skills. Your colleagues, your patients and families will see this merit daily. I have 2 certifications and will forever be proud to hold them. You can do it, too! Set a goal and go after it; don't give up. Becoming certified is a tremendous accomplishment; you will cherish and honor it forever. If I can help, feel free to contact me!

The power of certification is incredible! It will give you such great inner strength. Your patients and their families will be grateful. Let me know how it goes.

Hello, Fellow RN! This may very well be the most difficult test you will ever take. The reward of passing and attaining your certification is one of the most satisfying and thrilling rewards you could ever achieve. I strongly encourage you to "just do it!" You'll be happy you did. I was. It has brought wonderful gifts to my life.

Exams Approved for VA Reimbursement


The CCRN, PCCN and CCNS certification exams have recently received VA approval through the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education. Veterans who sit for and pass the CCRN, CCNS or PCCN exam, on or after May 1, 2006, are now eligible to receive reimbursement for the total cost of the exam by submitting a completed Application for Licensing and Certification Testing Fee Reimbursement, along with a copy of their test results, to the Department of Veterans Affairs, P.O. Box 8888, Muskogee, OK 74402-8888.

Tennessee Accepts CCNS Exam


Tennessee joins the ranks of states that have approved the CCNS exam. As of August 3, 2006 the following boards of nursing have either approved the CCNS exam, or have listed AACN Certification Corporation as an approved certification body: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. Some state boards of nursing accept the CCNS examination but do not use a formal approval process. These states include Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Virginia.


Dec. 31, 2006, Is New Deadline to Make Up Transcripted Hours for CCNS Exam


Two months remain before the new deadline to have transcripted clinical hours for CNS program deficiencies and to be eligible to sit for the CCNS exam.

If you plan to take the CCNS exam, please evaluate your eligibility now. If your transcript is deficient when the window closes Dec. 31, 2006, you will not be able to make up the hours; consequently, you will not be eligible to sit for the exam.

Congratulations to 30-Year CCRNs!


What does certification mean to you?

Jean B. Clopton, RN, ADN, CCRN, CEN
As the first nurse in Pensacola, Fla. to take and pass the CCRN examination, I have a great deal of pride and sense of professional accomplishment.

Peggy L. Sandels, RN, BS, CCRN
I didn’t tell anyone before I took it (just in case); when I passed, my peers were impressed.

Frances M. Watson, RN, BN, BS, CCRN
Initially, I felt a great sense of pride. It helped to validate that I knew critical care concepts and could relate them to the patients under my care. It drove my passion to keep learning to be the best I could be.