Progressive Care Nurses Are Almost Everywhere

Author(s): Konick-McMahan JoAnne

Contact Hours 0.85

CERP B 0.85

Expires May 31, 2026

Topics: Certification

Level: Proficient

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Come and hear how to prepare or coach others to prepare for the PCCN or PCCN-K certification exam. This session highlights the results of the progressive care nurse practice or job analysis survey completed by AACN Certification Corporation in 2018. The survey results are the basis for the 2019 PCCN and PCCN-K test plan. Progressive care nurses and PCCN/PCCN-K certified RNS and APRNs are found in multiple settings providing direct care for or influencing the care of acutely ill patients and their families. Based on the PCCN practice analysis, volunteer committees write and approve questions or items for the PCCN certification exam. Participants learn how to volunteer for exam development committees. The presenter describes the development of the PCCN and PCCN-K certification exam based on the practice analysis survey.


  • Describe the work of the progressive care nurse based on the survey of practice.
  • Discuss the vital role of volunteers in the certification exam development process.
  • Consider who would be eligible for progressive care nurse certification in one's own organization.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 0.00 contact hours.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.

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