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The CCRN-E certification exam is for nurses who primarily or exclusively monitor and care for acutely and/or critically ill adult patients in a tele-ICU (such as a virtual ICU or e-ICU), behind the camera from a remote location.
CCRN-E is a trademark of AACN Certification Corporation and denotes certification in tele-ICU critical care nursing as granted by AACN Certification Corporation. Registered nurses who have not achieved CCRN-E certification status, whose CCRN-E status has lapsed or who have chosen Inactive status are not authorized to use the CCRN-E credential.
The CCRN-E certification exam is based on a practice analysis (also known as a job analysis or study of practice). The most recent study, completed in 2008, surveyed registered nurses practicing in acute and critical care settings in the United States, including those who practice in the tele-ICU (behind the camera, monitoring patients from a remote location).
In the study, critical care nurses were surveyed to ascertain the frequency and significance of the various elements of their practice. Through an extensive review and evaluation process, the knowledge, skills and abilities crucial to nursing care of acutely and critically ill patients were defined using the AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care as an organizing framework.
CCRN-E certification is achieved by those adult tele-ICU nurses who successfully pass the CCRN-E exam. CCRN-E certification denotes to the public those practitioners possessing a clearly defined body of knowledge in the care of acutely and critically ill adult patients from a remote location.
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