AACN News—April 2008—Certification

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Vol. 25, No. 4, APRIL 2008

Sample Scenarios for Renewal by Synergy CERPs

Numerous combinations of continuing competence activities will work for renewing by Synergy CERPs. Below are some simple examples of combinations that could work. Remember that CERP activities, how much they are worth, and the total number of required CERPs are not changing. You still must have 100 CERPs, but you must have a minimum of 60 CERPs in Category A; a minimum of 10 CERPs in Category B; a minimum of 10 CERPs in Category C; and 20 CERPs in your category of choice.

1) A staff nurse who has previously counted on getting all CERPs in Category A chooses allocations such as:

Category A
78 CERPs (could get up to 80)

Category B
Precept 80 hours/year x 2 years (6 CERPs per year) = 12 CERPs

Category C
Membership in AACN 3 years (3 CERPs per year) = 9 CERPs
1 CERP – 1 CE online course (Healthy Work Environment, Emergency Preparedness, Negotiation)
Total = 100 CERPs (78-A; 12-B; 10-C)

2) A nurse educator who supervises nurses at the bedside chooses allocations such as:
Category A
60 CERPs

Category B
Presentations - 3 different 1-hour presentations per year x 3 years = 27 CERPs
Design a new informational aid for use as a reference in the clinical area = 3 CERPs
30 CERPs

Category C
Case Conferences - leads one 1-hour interdisciplinary case conference x
2 years = 10 CERPs
Total = 100 CERPs (60-A; 30-B; 10-C)

Visit www.certcorp.org to learn more about Renewal by Synergy CERPs. After Jan.1, 2010, Renewal by Synergy CERPs will be the renewal program. Make sure you plan ahead to obtain enough CERPs in each category.c

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Mission Possible: Our Journey to Certification

There is no doubt that the life of a nurse is a busy one. Between juggling work, school, family and friends, it is no wonder that obtaining certification can be a challenge.

It was recognized that the critical care nurses at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) were yearning and ready to achieve critical care certification.

What better goal than to obtain a CCRN. AACN Certification Corporation provides comprehensive credentialing for nurses to ensure their practice is consistent with established standards of excellence in caring for acutely and critically ill patients and their families.

The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) nursing shared-leadership Professional Development Council, along with its supportive nursing leadership team, took on the mission to pave the road to certification.

Some groundwork had to be completed in order to make this mission a success. First, the Professional Development Council sought interested participants from the CICU, PICU, Nursing Transport Team and Crisis Nursing Staff. The results were overwhelming. Next, the team came up with a strategic plan to seek a reputable CCRN review course to ensure a high “first-time” pass rate.

Nursing Staff Development was a huge supporter in financing our action-packed two-day review course. What a success; not one or two, but three review courses were approved for funding without any incurred cost to the CNMC employee. From an organizational point of view, the medical center is committed to having certified nurses at the bedside. CNMC reimburses the exam fee and offers a tuition bonus for its employees who successfully complete the exam.

So far the results have been overwhelming with a very high first-attempt pass rate. CNMC nurse Nanette Goldstein said, “I did think having the review course, especially held at CNMC, was a great help to get me to finally take the CCRN exam. I had wanted to do this years ago but never managed to get around to studying and registering for the exam. This was a great boost.”

The nurses at CNMC are taking their professional development to a whole new level. With the determination and drive to strive for success, nursing is not only a profession … it has become a part of their lives. Congratulations to the following critical care nursing staff at Children’s National Medical Center.

Estephanie Aguto, RN, BSN, CCRN
Marissa Cole, RN, BSN, CCRN
Nanette Goldstein, RN, MSN, CRNP, CCRN
Bernadine Gonzales, RN, BSN, CCRN
Christina Holowka, RN, BSN, CCRN
Tina Kunze Humbel, RN, BSN, CPN, CCRN
Eleonor Pineda, RN, BSN, CCRN
Wendy Ray, RN, CCRN
Theresa Ruddy, RN, BSN, CCRN
Brett Russell, RN, BSN, CCRN
Janeane Walker, RN, MSN, CCRN
Stephanie Willis, RN, CCRN

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First ACNPC Certificant Accepted

Congratulations to Brian Hegarty, MSN, APRN-BC, ACNPC, AACN Certification Corporation’s first ACNPC certificant. AACN Certification Corporation approved Hegarty’s application Oct. 29, 2007, through the Certification by Endorsement program enabling currently certified ACNPs who meet the ACNPC renewal requirements to apply for the ACNPC credential. There are two pathways to obtain the ACNPC credential: applying for and passing the certification exam or applying for Certification by Endorsement. For more information about the ACNPC credential, Certification by Exam and Certfication by Endorsement refer to the online ACNPC Exam Handbook at www.certcorp.org.

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