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Complimentary NTI 2017 Drawing Winner Announced

AACN Certification Corporation is pleased to announce that Jodi Caggiano of Garden Grove, Calif. is the winner of a complimentary NTI 2017 main conference registration.

Jodi's name was drawn while attending the NTI 2016 Certification Celebration dinner.

Congratulations to Jodi — and to all NTI attendees whose names were drawn as prize winners during the NTI 2016 Certification Celebration dinner!

2016 APRN Practice Analysis Survey

AACN Certification Corporation invites Clinical Nurse Specialists and Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioners to participate in the 2016 APRN Practice Analysis Survey. These surveys are conducted every five years, and results will be used to update the Neonatal, Pediatric and Adult-Gerontology CNS and the Adult-Gerontology ACNP certification exams. The survey results will also provide important information to AACN on how to best support the practices of the CNS and ACNP. Survey responses to be submitted by June 5, 2016.

CCRN-K Certification Program

CCRN-K certification is for the nursing professional who in their practice applies knowledge in a way that influences patients, nurses and/or organizations to have a positive impact on acutely/critically ill adult, pediatric or neonatal patients but does not work at the bedside.

CCRN-K certification may be obtained through completion of an initial exam or as a renewal option for CCRN and CCRN-E certificants.

ACNPC and CCNS Initial Exams – Apply by Dec. 31, 2014

The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education (LACE), which goes into effect in 2015, impacts certification options for ACNPs and CNSs. Because the ACNPC and CCNS certification exams are not Consensus Model-based, they will not be offered as an initial exam option when the Consensus Model is in effect.

Candidates eligible for the ACNPC or CCNS initial exams must submit their application for the exam by December 31, 2014.

Those who hold ACNPC or CCNS certification will be able to renew their certification into the future. To learn more, visit the APRN Resources page.  

Complimentary NTI 2015 Drawing Winners Announced

AACN Certification Corporation is pleased to announce that Denise Rolston of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Melissa Tannehill of Cody, Wyo., are each winners of a complimentary NTI 2015 main conference registration.

Denise’s name was randomly selected from thousands of entries of those who visited the Certification Oasis at NTI, which was held in Denver, Colo., in May 2014. Melissa’s name was drawn while attending the NTI 2014 Certification Celebration dinner.

Congratulations to Denise and Melissa — and to all NTI attendees whose names were drawn as prize winners during the NTI 2014 Certification Celebration dinner!

Consensus Model-Based ACCNS Exams Launched July 10

The ACCNS credentials are entry-level advanced practice certifications for nurses educated as clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) to provide advanced nursing care across the continuum of healthcare services (from wellness through acute care) to meet the specialized needs of adult-gerontology, pediatric or neonatal patient populations.

New Option for Exam Eligibility

The AACN Certification Corporation Board of Directors approved an additional option for nurses to meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the CCRN, CCRN-E, PCCN, CMC and CSC certification exams.

2012 ACNP Scope and Standards

The 2012 Scope and Standards for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practice  published by AACN is now available online at no charge. A printed copy may be ordered from the AACN Online Bookstore.

CCNS Renewal Program Changes

Effective March 31, 2012, renewing CCNSs (and those newly certified) will be given a 5-year certification period. Changes include expanded opportunities to earn CE Points.

For CCNS renewals after January 1, 2014, those renewing by CE Points must complete 150 CE Points, 25 of which must be in Pharmacology.

For details, refer to Frequently Asked Questions About Changes to the CCNS Renewal Program.

New CMC and CSC Exams Launched June 20, 2012

AACN Certification Corporation periodically conducts national surveys of practice to update and refresh certification exam test plans. The most recent studies of practice for CMC and CSC were conducted in 2010, resulting in minor changes to the CMC and CSC test plans.

CMC & CSC Practice Exams Now Available

Two new practice exam products are now available for purchase in the AACN Online Bookstore:

These booklets are study tools that contain a compilation of questions to be used in helping you prepare to take the cardiac medicine (CMC) subspecialty exam or the cardiac surgery (CSC) subspecialty exam.

Each booklet contains 75 items. Correct answers, along with the corresponding CMC or CSC test plan and study bibliography, are included. Pricing is $8 for AACN members and $10 for nonmembers.

Significant Findings Validating Certification in Two Studies

The first national study to examine all three variables of specialty certification, perceptions of empowerment and intent to stay in position and profession was published in AJCC OnlineFirst, (2/2010) by Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, RN, MBA, PhD, et al.

Certification, Empowerment and Intent to Stay in Position and Profession Among Critical Care Nurses

Another study that found the association between nurses’ perception of overall workplace empowerment and certification was positive and statistically significant was published in AJCC OnlineFirst, (11/2010) by Greta Krapohl, RN, MSN, Milisa Manojlovich, RN, PhD, CCRN, Richard Redman, RN, PhD and Lingling Zhang, MA.

Nursing Specialty Certification and Nursing-Sensitive Patient Outcomes in the Intensive Care Unit

AACN Advanced Critical Care Symposium on Value of Nursing Certification

Peruse the January/March 2011 issue of AACN Advanced Critical Care.

Important News for Advanced Practice Nurses

Learn details about the new APRN Regulatory Model that has been endorsed and adopted.

View the NCSBN Video about the new APRN Regulatory Model. 


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