Certification Central: The official e-newsletter of the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board
  Volume 7, Issue 1
Winter 2014

In this Issue

MSNCB News

  - Message from the President
  - New Nursing Paradigm: Change is in the Air
  - CMSRN Study Group Bonds Nurses, Increases Learning
  - Apply for AMSN Recertification Grant
  - CMSRN? New Lapel Pin Displays Your Achievement
  - Drum Roll Please: Here are the Newest CMSRNs!
  - FailSafe Program: Get Your Facility on Board
  - Apply for AMSN PRISM Award™
  - Visit the AMSN Career Center
Nursing and Industry News
  - Nurses Again Top Gallup Poll as Most Trusted Professionals
  - Which Health Care Jobs Have the Best Outlooks?
Just for You
  - Beyond Dieting: Reach for Balanced Change in New Year

MSNCB News

Message from the President


Mimi  Haskins
Mimi Haskins, MS, RN, CMSRN

MSNCB President Mimi Haskins, MS, RN, CMSRN, brings you up to date on the latest MSNCB news including an emotional PRISM Award ceremony, advocacy efforts for certification, and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on your practice.

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New Nursing Paradigm: Change is in the Air

MSNCB Executive Director Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk, RN, EdD, CAE, FAAN, is quoted in this Nurse.com article by Donna Cardillo. Cynthia and other experts examine how nursing roles, tasks, and settings are undergoing significant changes as America's health care system undergoes massive shifts.

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Group study members
Cathy Bourgeouis (right) with Lindsay Wellington, RN, ADN, CMSRN, charge nurse and a member of the study group.

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CMSRN Study Group Bonds Nurses, Increases Learning

Cathy Bourgeois, RN, BS, CMSRN, describes how her study group at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, WA, made their CMSRN exam preparation personally and professionally rewarding. (Spoiler alert: they all passed!)

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Apply for AMSN Recertification Grant

Certification is one of the best ways to advance professionally, and getting recertified is tremendously important to keeping your career success going. To help support you, the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN), the affiliate nursing association of MSNCB, sponsors a recertification grant for AMSN members. The application season for the summer grant opens March 1, so mark your ďTo DoĒ calendar with the date and apply early!

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Spread the Word!
Do you have any nursing colleagues who are AMSN members and not yet certified. Please forward this email and encourage them to apply for an AMSN certification grant. (Grants open March 1.)


CMSRN? New Lapel Pin Displays Your Achievement

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) has introduced lapel pins for recertified CMSRNs indicating the number of years certified (5-year pin or 10-year pin). If you're about to recertify, you will receive your pin with your certificate. If you've already recertified and would like to purchase a pin, visit the AMSN Store.

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trophyDrum Roll Please: Here are the Newest CMSRNs!

The MSNCB Board of Directors and staff at the National Office feel pure happiness whenever we announce our newest CMSRNs. In fact, adding to this list if one of our favorite job tasks. If you got certified recently, click the link below, scroll down to find your month, and enjoy the honor of joining these amazing nurses. You earned it.

Newest CMSRNs


FailSafe Program: Get Your Facility on Board
FailSafe logo
Only pay when you succeed, guaranteed


There are 60 units enrolled so far in the MSNCB FailSafe Certification Program™ and more than 1,300 nurses registered. 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.

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Apply for AMSN PRISM Award™

PRISM logoThe 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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Visit the AMSN Career Center

Whether youíre actively looking for a new job or just window shopping, youíll want to visit the AMSN Career Center in this month. The site is a free, valuable resource where you can search nursing opportunities, post your CV, read industry news, and get career advice. For a sampling, here is a great article on how to avoid overused phrases:

10 Tiresome Resume Phrases That Bore Hiring Managers
This is the only time "team player," "confident leader," and "results-oriented," are negative things! Click here for a list of worn-out resume phrases and examples on how to fix them.

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Nursing and Industry News

Nurses Again Top Gallup Poll as Most Trusted Professionals

Nurses took the number 1 spot again in this year's Gallup Poll. Since 2005, more than 80% of Americans have rated nurses as having "high" or "very high" honesty and ethical standards. Nurses have topped the list since 1999, the first year Gallup asked about them -- with the exception of 2001 when firefighters were included.

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Which Health Care Jobs Have the Best Outlooks?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 711,900 new nursing jobs are expected to be created between 2010 and 2020. In addition, employment for many other health care occupations is expected to grow quickly. (Source: Beckers Hospital Review, January 3, 2014)

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Just for You

Beyond Dieting: Reach for Balanced Change in New Year

There are many health, diet, and lifestyle programs bumping into each other for your attention. One thatís standing out from the pack is Whole9, which bases its plan on nine major factors that run that gamut from nutrition to socialization. If you are pondering positive changes, and you love whole unprocessed foods, itís worth checking out.

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Quick Shortcuts

- MSNCB Web Site
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- Review Course
- Recertification
- Frequently Asked Questions
- MSNCB Certified Directory
- CMSRN vs. RN-BC


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