More Certification News
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.
Revised PCCN Adult Self-Assessment Exam (SAE)
With the PCCN Adult Self-Assessment Exam (SAE) you are able to practice taking PCCN-like questions, experience computer-based testing like the PCCN exam, review rationales for correct and incorrect answers and receive a score report to assess your strengths and areas for further study.
If you are currently certified as a PCCN, once each renewal period you may take the PCCN Adult SAE as a continuing competency measure, and if you achieve a score of 70% or higher, you will earn 18 Category A CERPs (Continuing Education Recognition Points) toward your renewal. Save your emailed score report for documentation, to submit should you be selected for audit.
For more details, refer to PCCN Adult Self-Assessment Exam (SAE).
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.
Review the new test plans, sample questions, study references and executive summaries of the CMC and CSC studies of practice.
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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