Certification Central: The official e-newsletter of the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board
  Volume 6, Issue 1
Winter 2013

In this Issue


  - Everyone Wins With New MSNCB Certification Payment Program
  - Apply for AMSN PRISM Award™
  - Track ALL Your Contact Hours through MSNCB
  - AMSN Helps You Assist U.S. Service Members
  - AMSN Debuts on HealthStream
  - AMSN Online Library: Your Go-To Resource
  - We Really Want to be "Liked"
  - Save Time on Your Job Search
Nursing and Industry News
  - How 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal, Other Changes, Will Affect Nurses
  - Healthgrades Names Top Hospitals
Just for You
  - The More, the Berrier

Med-Surg News

Help Us Spread the Word!
Everyone Wins With New MSNCB Certification Payment Program

As a certified nurse, you know earning your CMSRN credential required effort and commitment. MSNCB understands this, so we've launched a great new program, the MSNCB FailSafe Certification Program™, which lifts two significant barriers to certification: fear of failure and upfront payment of exam fees. Please let your facility know! And while you're at it, pass this issue on to your colleagues who may also be thinking about certification. Tell them FailSafe gives nurses more than one chance to take the exam, and that their facility doesn't pay a penny until they pass!

Only pay when you succeed, guaranteed!

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Apply for AMSN PRISM Award™

Are you part of an exemplary med-surg nursing unit? If so, you deserve national attention! The new AMSN PRISM Award™, co-sponsored by AMSN and MSNCB, is the ideal way to honor your unit for outstanding performance, leadership, and outcomes. The PRISM acronym stands for "Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg." The award is the only one of its kind for med-surg nurses in the United States, and the medical-surgical nursing community is getting some much deserved buzz about it. Apply for an AMSN PRISM Award and be the unit everyone is talking about! (PS: Multiple awards are given throughout the year; no deadlines to worry about!)

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Track ALL Your Contact Hours through MSNCB

Did you know that all of your contact hours earned from AMSN are automatically documented in your record? Click here to view your record.

Do you have contact hours you've earned from sources other than the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN)? Would you like MSNCB to track them for you? We can do that with your help! Tracking your hours with us will make your recertification process much easier!

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AMSN Helps You Assist U.S. Service Members

AMSN is one of many organizations that have joined a sweeping White House campaign, Joining Forces, which mobilizes all sectors of society to help U.S. service members and their families. The AMSN Web site has a new Joining Forces section that includes a list of resources so AMSN members, CMSRNs, and other med-surg nurses can raise awareness, educate others, and do their part.

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AMSN Debuts on HealthStream

If you or your colleagues are looking for ways to encourage nurses to get certified, we have great news for you. AMSN has partnered with HealthStream, an online learning solutions provider in about half of the nation's acute-care hospitals. HealthStream now offers the AMSN Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Review Course. If your facility uses HealthStream, please let your fellow nurses who are not yet certified (as well as nurse educators) know about this new way to access our certification prep course!

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AMSN Online Library: Your Go-To Resource

Diabetes. Infection control. Pain management. These are important topics and you may be looking for more information on them, as well as other areas of practice to help your colleagues get certified. If you don't know where to start, we can help! The AMSN Online Library has a “Browse Content” menu that allows you to search the library's content by topic.

Enter the library

We Really Want to be “Liked”

The MSNCB Facebook page is a virtual nursing community with over 2,000 fans. It can be a welcome respite from your busy day because you're there with other nurses who understand how you feel and how much you care about your patients. So, if you haven't already joined us on Facebook, please visit and click on the “Like” button; you will see our news and meet new colleagues via your news feed. We're honored to be part of your day!

Save Time on Your Job Search

Did you know the AMSN Career Center has a job board offering hundreds of medical-surgical nursing job opportunities right now? You can search quickly and easily and then apply directly online. Register your profile to get started and good luck!

Did You Know...
We are now 16,700 CMSRNs strong!
Thank you for being a CMSRN and please encourage your colleagues to join you!

Nursing and Industry News

How 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal, Other Changes, Will Affect Nurses

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) moves forward in 2013 toward full implementation, with hospitals and other providers preparing for increased demand for health services and greater opportunities for nurses. The newly-signed American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, known as the “fiscal cliff “deal, however, does not hold the same nearly universal positives for the profession. (Source: NurseZone.com, January 18, 2013)

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Healthgrades Names Top Hospitals

Healthgrades, an online health care quality reporting group, recently released its list of 262 hospitals (Acrobat) it calls the best when rated for risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for 27 common procedures and conditions involving Medicare patients. (Source: Healthcare IT News, January 13, 2013)

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Just for You

The More, the Berrier

Women who eat blueberries and strawberries regularly may be reducing their risk of a heart attack later, according to a recent study. It seems that anthocyanins, antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, boost HDLs and tamp down inflammation, both positive forces in lowering heart risks. (Source: WebMD, January 14, 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

*This educational activity has been co-provided by AMSN and Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc., is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accreditation status does not imply endorsement by the provider or ANCC of any commercial product.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc., is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered nursing, Provider Number, CEP 5387.

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