A Community of Exceptional Nurses
Certified Nurses Day. NTI. AACN elections. These key initiatives will be focal points for AACN beginning in the first quarter of 2013. That means, more than ever, we need you — as AACN’s local voice — to DARE TO make a difference in your units: We need you to help heighten awareness of the value of certification, to help colleagues build their cases for attendance at NTI and to encourage all members to exercise their right to vote for AACN’s leadership.
These are no small tasks; they will take your time, energy and creativity. Therefore, we will focus on one of these key initiatives in December, January and February to provide you with ideas and resources. We’ll start this month with Certified Nurses Day. In January, we’ll highlight NTI, and, in February, we’ll concentrate on the 2013 election.
Thank you so much for all you have done this past year as AACN’s local leaders — and thank you for all I know you will be doing as we welcome 2013. Wishing you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and happy New Year.
Certified Nurses Days 2013 will be celebrated on March 19. This nationwide event is an invaluable opportunity for you to trumpet the value of certification. Consider it a two-pronged challenge:
First, dare to celebrate.
Second, dare to motivate.
Certified Nurses Day is a time to celebrate and recognize the nurses in your facility and/or chapter who have taken their careers to the next level of excellence through certification. Dare To make it a real bells-and-whistles celebration. Hands down, certified nurses deserve high-profile recognition for their commitment and achievements (and some fun).
Consult the Certified Nurses Day page on the AACN website for great ideas on how to celebrate.
Pick just one initiative from the list below to take your celebration to the next level in 2013 (or use a new idea of your own) and then Dare To accomplish it:
Be the leader/mentor who motivates others to become certified — and use the high profile of Certified Nurses Day to leverage your efforts. Sometimes all a person needs to take on a new challenge is a small nudge of encouragement from someone they trust and respect. You are in a position to give that nudge to your colleagues — and then help them accomplish their certification goals.
Put some teeth in your efforts to increase the number of certified nurses in your organization by committing to one of these challenges (or one of your own):
Certified Nurses Day was founded by ANCC to honor the birthday of Margretta “Greta” Madden Style, RN, EdD, FAAN, an international pioneer of nursing certification and longtime friend of AACN and AACN Certification Corporation. Styles designed the first comprehensive study of nurse credentialing.
To keep you posted: A new PCCN test plan will be released in February 2013 with the corresponding new PCCN exam form launched in June 2013.
The public release of the new PCCN test plan will be posted under Certification News at www.certcorp.org. Members will be alerted in February when the new test plan is available.
You may, however, get questions about the new test plan as early as January when more NTI information is posted on the AACN website. The description of the NTI PCCN Review Course may refer to the new PCCN test plan.
AACN Certification Corporation conducts formal, evidence-based research at least every five years to update information about the knowledge, skills and abilities required of acute and critical care nurses nationwide. The 2012 Progressive Care Study of Practice was recently completed, resulting in the new PCCN test plan.
To be eligible to vote in this spring’s AACN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee election, individuals must be current AACN members as of Jan. 22, 2013.
Renewing memberships or joining AACN for the first time is a simple online process. Persons with current Active, Emeritus, International or Lifetime memberships are eligible to vote.
The 2013 election will decide the FY2014-16 Board of Directors and the 2014 Nominating Committee. Candidates will be announced in February with voting slated from March 22 to April 22, 2013.
What you can do:
Applications are still needed for a guest emcee for NTI 2013 — and the deadline to apply by submitting a two- to three-minute video is Dec. 31.
If you have attended NTI the past few years, you know how entertaining and inspiring it is to have real nurses — like yourself — share the NTI SuperSession stage.
So, look around. Do you see a colleague with a strong voice, engaging personality and sense of humor?
All the details you need are available on the Guest Emcee page of the website. Don’t forget: Guest emcee receives complimentary registration, airfare to Boston and lodging during NTI.
Right. Get those video cameras rolling.
Dec. 31: Final day to submit request to be Guest Emcee at NTI 2013.
Mid-Jan: NTI registration opens online.
Jan. 22: Membership deadline to be eligible to vote in 2013 election.
Feb. 15: Nominations close for AACN President’s Award for Chapters.
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