CCRN Introduction

CCRN specialty certification was introduced in 1976 for nurses providing direct care to acutely/critically ill adult, pediatric or neonatal patients. Nurses interested in this certification may work in specialty areas such as intensive care units, cardiac care units, combined ICU/CCUs, medical/surgical ICUs, trauma units or critical care transport/flight.

CCRN — A Registered Service Mark

CCRN® is a registered service mark of AACN Certification Corporation and denotes certification in acute/critical care nursing as granted by AACN Certification Corporation. Registered nurses who have not achieved CCRN certification, whose CCRN has lapsed or who have chosen Inactive status are not authorized to use the CCRN credential.

CCRN Job Analysis

Each CCRN certification exam is based on a study of practice, also known as a job analysis.

The most recent study of practice defines the dimensions of acute/critical care practice, identifying what is required of registered nurses working in acute and critical care settings. In the study, acute/critical care nurses across the United States were surveyed to ascertain the significance of the various elements of their practice.

Through an extensive review and evaluation process, the knowledge, skills and abilities crucial to acute/critical care nursing were defined using the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care™ as an organizing framework. The CCRN certification exams are based on these skills and abilities and the knowledge required to perform them.

CCRN certification is achieved by those acute/critical care nurses who pass a CCRN exam in neonatal, pediatric or adult acute/critical care nursing. CCRN certification denotes to the public those practitioners who possess a distinct and clearly defined body of knowledge called acute/critical care nursing.

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