Certification Central: The official e-newsletter of the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board
  Volume 6, Issue 3
Summer 2013

In this Issue

MSNCB News

  - Feedback Please! Comment on the New MSNCB Strategic Plan
  - MSNCB Executive Director Selected for Induction as Nursing Fellow
  - Building a Great CMSRN Exam, One Item at a Time
  - Get Your Facility on Board with an Incredible Certification Program
  - Drum Roll Please...Here are the Newest CMSRNs!
  - Learn Your Key Role in Patient Nutrition with Free Modules
  - AMSN Convention: Act Fast for Deals and Discounts
  - Apply for Nurse in Washington Internship Grant
  - Apply for AMSN PRISM Award™
Nursing and Industry News
  - Advance Your Career: Join Your Professional Health Care Association
  - Bill Aims to Protect Health Care Providers from Injury
Just for You
  - Eggciting Ways to Repurpose Those Precious Shells
  - Italy's Most Beloved Cookie

MSNCB News

Feedback Please! Comment on the New MSNCB Strategic Plan

We reported in the last issue of Certification Central that MSNCB has developed a new strategic plan. Our goal is to better serve current and future certificants, their patients, and their workplaces.

We would love some feedback from you on the new initiatives and the plan. Please read the plan and leave your comments here. It will only take a few minutes of your time and your feedback is very valuable to us! Thank you.


MSNCB Executive Director Selected for Induction as Nursing Fellow

Cyndee Hnatiuk MSNCB Executive Director Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk, EdD, MSN, RN, CAE, is one of 172 nurse leaders chosen for induction as a Fellow during the American Academy of Nursing's 40th annual meeting in October 2013. The fellowship is one of the highest honors in nursing and signifies the individual's valuable contributions to nursing and health care. Congratulations Cyndee, we are very proud of you!

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Building a Great CMSRN Exam, One Item at a Time

The MSNCB National Office in New Jersey recently hosted the Item Writers for their annual visit. Each year, the group meets to review the test questions and develop new items for the CMSRN examination. The weekend was full of hard work (and lots of snacks). This annual update helps ensure the CMSRN examination reflects current medical-surgical practice.


Get Your Facility on Board with an Incredible Certification Program

Only pay when you
succeed, guaranteed
!
There are 21 facilities enrolled so far in the MSNCB FailSafe Certification Program™. Is yours one of them?

The program is new and 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. Thank you for helping us spread the word!

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Drum Roll Please….Here are the Newest CMSRNs!

Did you get certified in April or May 2013? If so, here is a shout-out and a cheer from us for your achievement. Click the link below to see your name, as well as the list of other dedicated and excited new CMSRNs!

Newest CMSRNs


Learn Your Key Role in Patient Nutrition with Free Modules

Alliance Logo AMSN is pleased to be part of The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition, an interdisciplinary partnership dedicated to improving patient outcomes through nutrition intervention. To help nurses improve patient nutrition, the Alliance has produced six Nurse Education Modules. The modules are part of a comprehensive nutrition campaign and are related to the Alliance's Nutrition Care Model consensus paper published recently in MEDSURG Nursing and several other journals.

Read more about the modules

Additional links from the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition:
Read more about the campaign
Read more about research on the benefits of nutrition intervention


AMSN Convention: Act Fast for Deals and Discounts

AMSN Convention, September 26-29, 2013; Nashville, TN

Book Your Room for Less!
The Gaylord Opryland Resort is a gorgeous venue with soaring atriums and lush gardens. If you book between now and August 16, 2013, you will pay the special rate of $174! Reserve your room online or call 877-491-7397 and request a room under AMSN.

Be an Early Bird and Save $50
If you register for the convention by July 29, 2013, you will save $50 off your registration fee. Visit the convention website to view the program and register today!

Convention Spotlight

From the Gomco Suction Machine to the latest technologies, Keynote Speaker Gloria Ferraro Donnelly, PhD, RN, FAAN, will trace the trajectory of medical-surgical nursing. She's funny, she's inspirational, and she can't wait to see you in the audience! Click here for more details.

NEW THIS YEAR!
Watch Live Broadcasts from Home or Work

Can't get there in person? There's great news! Tune in to live video broadcasts of selected sessions from your home or workplace. Encourage your hospital to purchase a site license.

Read more about live broadcasts


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 from August 1 - October 31, 2013.

Read more and apply


Apply for AMSN PRISM Award™

PRISM logo The AMSN PRISM Award™ is the first of its kind 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

Advance Your Career: Join Your Professional Health Care Association

Everyone needs career guidance, and nurses are no exception. Professional associations offer benefits that not only help you in the workplace, but nurture you at a deeper personal level because you are connecting with others that share your commitment and passion for nursing. (Source: HealtheCareers.com; May 3, 2013)

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You have demonstrated your commitment to medical-surgical nursing by becoming a CMSRN. If you aren't already a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN), your professional organization, why? Consider joining AMSN.


Bill Aims to Protect Health Care Providers from Injury

The proposed Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2013 would help keep health care workers safe from costly, potentially career-ending injuries caused by patient handling. The American Nurses Association recently released a statement supporting the proposed bill.

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Just for You

Eggciting Ways to Repurpose Those Precious Shells

We love the idea of using crushed eggshells to fertilize soil and make coffee taste better. Seems you can even use them to sharpen the blades of your blender. Sometimes nature is such a miracle. (Source: HellaWella.com; July 17, 2013)

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Italy's Most Beloved Cookie

Some people dream about massages or tropical vacations. Others dream of biscotti. That's because this cookie has endless variations and is a great reason to slow down and enjoy another cup of coffee. (Editors' hint: Try putting both ground anise and anise seeds in the batter for amped up but classic flavor. Lemon and orange zest also add interesting notes.) (Source: JoyofBaking.com; Accessed July 18, 2013)

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- Recertification
- Frequently Asked Questions
- MSNCB Certified Directory
- CMSRN vs. RN-BC


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