Highlights from August 2011 NNCC Electronic Bulletin


NNCC Electronic Bulletin - August 2011

 


WELCOME: NEW COMMISSIONER

Kim Alleman has joined the NNCC.  Kim is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with the Hartford Hospital Transplant Program in Hartford, CT. She received her FNP in 1998 and was certified as a CNN-NP in 2008. Her previous nephrology nursing experience includes a position as the Transplant Coordinator for Hartford Hospital from November 1989 until February 1996. In 2002, Kim served on the CNN Test Committee as an item writer for the CNN examination.


CHANGE IN WORK HOUR CRITERIA FOR CDN/CNN EXAMS

Commission members have approved a change in the work hours required to be eligible to take the CNN exam and a change in the work hours required for recertification for the CDN and for the CNN exams.  Effective 08-01-2012, the work hours required to be eligible to take the CNN exam have been increased to a minimum of 3000 hours working as a nephrology nurse during  the three (3) years prior to submission of the exam application.  Effective 08-01-2014 to recertify for the CDN or CNN exam, the required work hours have been increased to a minimum of 1500 hours working in nephrology nursing during the three (3) year certification period.  All required work hours must be in nephrology nursing and the 50% requirement will be eliminated.


CCHT/LPN/LVN JOB ANALYSIS

The results of the most recent Practice Analysis and Role Delineation Survey of technician and LPN/LVN clinical practice were presented to the NNCC Board members.  One purpose of this survey was to evaluate current practice and role responsibilities of dialysis technicians and LPNs/LVNs and to identify similarities and differences, if any.  Analysis of the survey indicated very clearly that there are significant differences in practice between entry-level dialysis technicians and those who have been working as technicians for five or more years.  It was also noted that there are pronounced differences in practice between all technicians and LPN/LVN’s working in dialysis facilities.  Based on this information, the Commission members have elected to increase the number of certification exams offered as described below.


DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED CCHT CERTIFICATION EXAM

Based on the national survey results, the Commissioners approved the development of a certification exam for advanced technicians.  The credential for the advanced dialysis technician will be CCHT-A and will denote practice and experience beyond the minimum needed to obtain the CCHT.  Criteria for this certification exam include the following: 

  • 5 years of continuous employment and a minimum of 5000 hours as a clinical hemodialysis technician,
  • 30 contact hours of approved continuing education relevant to the practice of a hemodialysis technician, within the previous three years,
  • current national certification as a CCHT, CHT, or CCNT.

The exam currently is being developed and it is anticipated that it will be available in the Fall of 2012.  Additional information will be provided as exam development progresses. 


DEVELOPMENT OF A CERTIFICATION EXAM FOR THE DIALYSIS LVN/LPN

Also based on national survey results, the Commissioners approved the development of a specific certification exam for the dialysis LPN/LVN.  The credential for the certified dialysis LPN/LVN will be CD-LPN and CD-LVN.  The eligibility criteria for this exam include:

  • 2 years and 2000 hours as an LPN/LVN working with patients who require or may require dialysis within the previous 2 years,
  • 15 contact hours of approved continuing education relevant to the care of patients who require or may require dialysis, within the previous two years.

This exam also is being developed and expected to be available in the Fall of 2012.


NEPHROLOGY NURSE JOB ANALYSIS

The NNCC and its testing partner, Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET), are preparing to conduct two nurse practice analysis surveys in the coming year.  One survey will be specific to advanced practice.  This information is vital to ensure that the current certification exams accurately reflect actual practice of registered nurses and advanced practice nurses who care for patients with acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease.  NNCC urges all nephrology nurses to watch for additional information regarding this survey.


COMPUTER BASED TESTING REMAINS STRONG

Computer based testing (CBT) remains a popular means to obtain certification for the CCHT, CDN and CNN exams.  CBT is available at over 250 testing centers across the country, which provides much more flexibility to applicants in terms of the time and location for testing.  Please refer to the NNCC website, www.nncc-exam.org for locations and other details.


PRACTICE EXAMS AVAILABLE ON LINE

All exams offered by NNCC have an on line practice test that provides applicants with a way to get a feel for the content and format of the specific certification exam they will be taking.  The practice test allows test-takers to see the type of content in the test and how test items are worded.  The practice tests also provide a sense of the areas of practice included in the exam.  Additional detail can be found on the NNCC website, www.nncc-exam.org.


CCHT RECERTIFICATION INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW

Think you know all you need to know about the CCHT recertification process? Check out our "Did You Know.." sheet, and make sure you do. 


ABOUT NNCC

The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) exists to establish credentialing mechanisms for improving the quality of care provided to nephrology patients.

The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission supports the philosophy that there should be a diversity of examinations that will effectively provide the opportunity for certification at various levels of education, experience, and area of practice within nephrology nursing.

For more information, visit www.nncc-exam.org.


ABOUT ABNS/ABSNC

ABNS is a not-for-profit, membership organization focused on improving patient outcomes and consumer protection by promoting specialty nursing certification. ABNS member organizations represent more than a half million certified registered nurses worldwide.  NNCC is a a charter member of ABNS.

The ABSNC, formerly the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) Accreditation Council, is the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification. The ABSNC accreditation is a peer-review mechanism that allows nursing certification organizations to obtain accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the highest quality standards available in the industry. NNCC's Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN) and Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN) have been accredited by the ABSNC.