Certification Central: The official e-newsletter of the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board
  Volume 6, Issue 4
Fall 2013

In this Issue

MSNCB News

  - Message from the President
  - Please Share Your Certification Story
  - Q & A: Learn About Patient Nutrition from AMSN Expert
  - Raise the Curtain….Here are the Newest CMSRNs!
  - Apply for Nurse in Washington Internship Grant
  - Get Your Facility on Board with an Incredible Certification Program
  - Apply for AMSN PRISM Award™
Nursing and Industry News
  - Study: C. difficile Often Spread Outside Hospital
  - Top 20 Most Expensive Inpatient Conditions
Just for You
  - Popular Diets: Which Ones are Best?
  - Get Pumped for Creative Carving

MSNCB News

Message from the President


Mimi  Haskins
Mimi Haskins, MS, RN, CMSRN

Dear CMSRNs,

As your new MSNCB president, I am writing today to keep you informed about the latest news from the Board of Directors as well as exciting plans for the future that will have a direct impact on current and future CMSRNs.

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Please Share Your Certification Story

Are you a CMSRN who did not pass the exam at first try? MSNCB is looking for nurses to tell their stories and be featured in Certification Central and on our social media sites. The purpose is to encourage RNs not to give up on achieving their CMSRN credential even if they don’t pass the exam the first try.

We are also looking to feature nurses who formed a study group to help them study for the CMSRN exam. These stories will help demonstrate how others found support in preparing in a group setting.

If you have a story for either scenario, please contact Certification Central Editor Janet D’Alesandro at janetd@ajj.com; 856-256-2422. Janet will be glad to answer any questions. Thank you in advance!


Q & A: Learn About Patient Nutrition from AMSN Expert

Alliance Logo Beth Quatrara, DNP, RN, CMSRN, ACNS-BC, is the AMSN Clinical Representative to the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition, an organization formed to improve nutrition for hospitalized patients. As an Alliance partner, AMSN is deeply involved in getting the message out, as well as educating nurses about their role, so we've included in this issue an article from MedSurg Matters! that will answer your questions about the campaign and get you inspired to help (.PDF).

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Raise the Curtain: Here are the Newest CMSRNs!

Did you get certified recently? If so, here is a pat on the back, a hearty toast, a blue ribbon, and our unending admiration for your achievement. Click the link below to see your name and the names of other new CMSRNs.

Newest CMSRNs


Apply for Nurse in Washington Internship Grant

Would you like to learn more about the country's legislative process and have an impact as a nurse? You can become a voice for nursing by applying for the AMSN Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) grant. Applications will be accepted until October 31, 2013. (Please note: Applicant must be an AMSN member.)

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Get Your Facility on Board with an Incredible Certification Program
FailSafe logo
Only pay when you succeed, guaranteed


There are 42 facilities enrolled so far in the MSNCB FailSafe Certification Program. Is yours one of them? The program is off to an early success because it lifts two significant barriers to certification: fear of failure and upfront payment of exam fees. Everyone is loving it because they all win: nurses, facilities, and patients. If your workplace is not yet involved, please click the link below so you can learn more, then forward the information to the appropriate decision-makers.

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Apply for AMSN PRISM Award™

The AMSN PRISM Award™ is the first of its kind in the U.S. to honor exemplary medical-surgical units. Patient care units eligible to apply include any acute care unit with a primarily adult and/or elderly patient population with medical-surgical diagnoses. If you have a unit working as a team for outstanding patient and staff satisfaction outcomes, please consider applying for this prestigious award.

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Nursing and Industry News

Study: C. difficile Often Spread Outside Hospital

Many health care experts assumed Clostridium difficile, a bacteria that causes life-threatening diarrhea, is spread primarily in hospital settings from patient to patient. According to a new British study, however, only 35% of cases were transmitted in the hospital. (Source: HealthDay News, September 25, 2013)

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Top 20 Most Expensive Inpatient Conditions

The total cost of U.S. hospital stays in 2011 was about $387 billion, with Medicare and Medicaid picking up most of the tab. To break it down, AHRQ has released a list of the top 20 most expensive conditions, with septicemia, osteoarthritis, device complications, childbirth, and heart attacks at the top of the leader board. (Source: Becker’s Hospital Review, October 9, 2013)

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Just for You

Popular Diets: Which Ones are Best?

Accessing a panel of health experts, U.S. News evaluated and ranked 29 popular diets below. If your head is spinning from the many choices, and you just want to find out what is workable and healthy for you, check out this list. Many are easy to follow, nutritious, safe, and effective for weight loss and disease prevention. (Source: U.S. News and World Report, accessed September 27, 2013)

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Get Pumped for Creative Carving

Some are pure silliness, some are ornate and lovely, but all these works of pumpkin art are amazing. Get inspired and have a pumpkin carving party. Winner gets bragging rights and some hot spiced cider! (Source: www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com, accessed August 20, 2013)

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Quick Shortcuts

- MSNCB Web Site
- Certification
- MSNCB Board of Directors
- The CMSRN Exam
- Exam Exemption
- Exam Application
- Review Course
- Recertification
- Frequently Asked Questions
- MSNCB Certified Directory
- CMSRN vs. RN-BC


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