CCRN-K Credential Reflects Nursing’s Evolution

Sep 24, 2014

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AACN Certification Corporation launches CCRN-K credential for nursing knowledge professionals

CCRN-K certification program recognizes crucial role of nurses whose practice away from the bedside influences care delivered to acutely and critically ill patients

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — Sept. 23, 2014 — A new nursing credential from AACN Certification Corporation provides a certification option for acute/critical care knowledge professionals.

Launched this month, CCRN-K certification is designed for nurses who do not work exclusively or primarily at the bedside but in their practice apply knowledge in a way that influences patients, nurses and/or organizations to have a positive impact on acutely and/or critically ill patients.

The CCRN-K certification program enables a broader spectrum of acute/critical care nurses to maintain or acquire certification — an accomplishment associated with recognition of specialty clinical knowledge and practice excellence. Many acute/critical care nurses who have transitioned to roles away from the bedside or who were not previously eligible for CCRN certification may now be eligible for CCRN-K.

“The new CCRN-K certification reflects the continued evolution of nursing within an ever-changing healthcare landscape,” said AACN Chief Clinical Officer Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCRN-E, CCNS. “It acknowledges the crucial role nursing knowledge professionals have in optimizing the quality, safety and outcomes of care for acutely and critically ill patients.”

There are specific practice hour requirements for the CCRN-K credential. Nursing professionals in roles such as educator, manager, director and administrator may be eligible for CCRN-K, but not all nurses working in these roles will qualify. Nurses in other roles also may be eligible.

CCRN-K certification may be obtained through completion of an initial exam or as a renewal option for CCRN and CCRN-E certificants. As with CCRN certification, there are separate adult, pediatric and neonatal CCRN-K exams.

Potential candidates for CCRN-K certification can find additional information on the AACN Certification Corporation website, including eligibility requirements, FAQs, test plans, practice exam questions and other resources. Applications may be submitted online, and study materials are the same as those for CCRN and CCRN-E.

AACN Certification Corporation — the credentialing arm of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) — promotes and enhances consumer health and safety through certification and certification renewal. It has certified more than 87,000 nurses and provides comprehensive credentialing for establishing and maintaining standards of excellence in acute and critical care nursing.

About AACN Certification Corporation: AACN Certification Corporation, a separately incorporated company, develops and administers the CCRN, PCCN, CCRN-E, CCRN-K, ACNPC, ACNPC-AG, CCNS, ACCNS-AG, ACCNS-P and ACCNS-N specialty exams, and the CMC and CSC subspecialty exams. In collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Credentialing Center AACN Certification Corporation also offers the CNML exam. AACN Certification Corporation promotes and enhances consumer health and safety by establishing and maintaining high standards of professional practice excellence through certification and certification renewal for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, California, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 235 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
101 Columbia
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-4109

Phone: (949) 362-2000
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