CCRN-K - Acute/Critical Care Knowledge Professional - Adult, Pediatric, Neonatal

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 and/or 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. Online renewal for CCRN-K will be available Sept. 2, 2014. 

Here are some frequently asked questions about CCRN-K.

Initial Eligibility Requirements

  • Current unencumbered licensure as an RN or APRN in the U.S. is required. 
  • Practice as an RN or APRN for 1,040 hours within the previous two (2) years, with 260 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application are required. Eligible practice hours are those in which the nurse applies knowledge in a way that influences patients, nurses and/or organizations to have a positive impact on acutely and/or critically-ill patients and families.
  • Practice hours may be a combination of role practice/non-bedside care and direct bedside care.
    • Nurses who exclusively or primarily provide direct bedside care are not eligible for CCRN-K certification. CCRN is the appropriate credential for bedside practice.
    • Eligible practice hours are those focused on the patient population (adult, pediatric or neonatal) in alignment with the exam for which you are applying.
    • Practice hours must be completed in a U.S. - or Canada-based facility or in a facility determined to be comparable to the U.S. standard of acute/critical care nursing practice.
  • Nurses eligible for CCRN-K certification may work in roles such as those listed below. This is not an all-inclusive list, nor does it mean all nurses working in these roles are eligible for CCRN-K.
    • Clinical or patient educator
    • Academic faculty
    • Manager/supervisor
    • Clinical director
    • Nursing administrator
    • Case manager
    • Transitional care coordinator

You may apply online for CCRN-K starting Sept. 2, 2014. The CCRN-K exam will be launched Sept. 10, 2014.

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