Certification Central: The official e-newsletter of the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board
  Volume 8, Issue 2
Spring 2015

In this Issue

MSNCB News
President's Updates: Earning Contact Hours, CCTM Exam
We Asked, You Answered: CMSRN Survey Results
MSNCB and AMSN Featured in J & J Newsletter
Recertify With Ease: Use Our Online Tracking Tool
WE Support YOU! Apply for These Grants Today
Here's Who Just Got Certified
Please 'Oooh' and 'Ahhh' Over Our New Brochure
 
AMSN News
Med-Surg Nurse = Leader
Improving Outcomes Through Nutrition
 
Nursing and Industry News
Retired Nurse Launches Medical History App
Research Reveals New Options for Nurses to Relieve Work Stress
Do Medical Device Regulations Need to Be Overhauled?
 
Just for You
Injured by Arts and Crafts? Jet Engines? In-Laws?
My Stroke of Insight

MSNCB News

President's Updates: Earning Contact Hours, CCTM Exam

President Mimi Haskins

MSNCB President Mimi Haskins reports on the latest news, including great ways for you to earn contact hours for recertification and exciting progress on the Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCTM) exam.

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We Asked, You Answered: CMSRN Survey Results

MSNCB recently surveyed CMSRNs to prepare for the board's environmental scanning and strategic plan review. Over 300 CMSRNs responded, providing the board with valuable information about the state of certification for our CMSRNs and their practice facilities. Thank you to everyone who participated! The board used your feedback to develop new strategies. See this enlightening infographic showing the results.


MSNCB and AMSN Featured in J & J Newsletter

Some of your favorite MSNCB and AMSN colleagues were interviewed for articles in the March issue of Nursing Notes, the e-newsletter from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future. It's an exciting bit of media coverage for us because the issue focuses on the med-surg nursing specialty! Click here for the full issue or jump to the features:

J & J also did two podcasts:


Recertify With Ease: Use Our Online Tracking Tool

We knew you needed an easy way to track your contact hours for CMSRN recertification, so we created an online tracker. Better yet, we just added new features: you can now see the verification status of your contact hours, and search and sort by category. Use your dashboard for even more feedback and get started!

MSNCB Tracker

WE Support YOU! Apply for These Grants Today

$20,000 Grant for Research on Specialty Certification
MSNCB, through AMSN, is offering a $20,000 grant for research on specialty certification and its impact on medical-surgical nursing practice and patient outcomes. Interested beginner or experienced researchers may apply through AMSN by May 31, 2015.

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Recertification Grant
AMSN offers recertification grants to its members that cover the cost of CMSRN recertification. The summer grant period is now open for applications. Please apply by May 31.

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Here's Who Just Got Certified

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You're part of the CMSRN community, so join us for a collective pat on the back: there are now more than 22,000 Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurses! If you've recently joined their ranks, we've added your name to our online list, so click the link below to enjoy your accomplishment (and see the names of your CMSRN colleagues).


Newest CMSRNs

CMSRNs

Please 'Oooh' and 'Ahhh' Over Our New Brochure

We recently printed a new brochure entitled "Why Become a CMSRN®?" The piece outlines the rewards of certification, many of which we received directly from your feedback. If you would like some complimentary copies to share, send us an email at msncb@msncb.org. In the meantime, view the brochure here (PDF), and share with your colleagues!

AMSN News

Med-Surg Nurse = Leader

'All nurses are leaders at some level.'
AMSN President Jill Arzouman

Are you a bedside clinical nurse? AMSN has developed a program to empower nurses like you to become leaders in their practice environment and help deliver evidence-based quality care. We've partnered with HealthStream to develop a 10-module program to help you become a force of change and inspiration.

  • Five modules now available: $30 each
  • Bundle of 10 modules available this summer: $199

Want to learn more?
Previews offered in the HealthStream Store when you click on the individual titles.
Critical Appraisal of Clinical Evidence
Foundations of Quality Care
Motivation at Work
Reducing Variations in Practice
The Power of the Nurse Leader at the Bedside

Related article: Why AMSN developed the leadership program


Improving Outcomes Through Nutrition

Alliance

Did you miss the Abbott Nutrition sponsored session at the 2014 AMSN Convention? This session is now available at no charge with CNE contact hours complimentary from Abbott Nutrition.

The Magic of Nutrition: Collaborative Strategies to Improve Outcomes
(1.0 Nurse Contact Hours, 1.0 Dietitian CPEU)

Editor's note: Great info in this related Huffington Post article:
Senior Malnutrition: A National Nutrition Crisis


Nursing and Industry News

Retired Nurse Launches Medical History App

Filling out a medical history is time consuming for patients. Thanks to Karen Warner, a 75-year-old retired nurse, there's now an app that provides a virtual 'filing cabinet' for medical information. (Source: CBS5AZ.com; April 9, 2015)

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Research Reveals New Options for Nurses to Relieve Work Stress

Why do some nurses thrive and others burn out? According to one researcher, it has to do with emotional intelligence. (Source: Nurse.com; March 22, 2015)

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Do Medical Device Regulations Need to Be Overhauled?

Medical devices can save lives, but in recent years it has become clear how hazardous they are when they malfunction. Most devices are fast-tracked to market, a system that experts are now debating. (Source: The Wall Street Journal/Journal Reports: Health Care; March 22, 2015)

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Just for You

Injured by Arts and Crafts? Jet Engines? In-Laws?

ICD-10 codes haven't tickled your funny bone yet? Chances are you haven't run into these diagnostic codes yet. (Source: Healthcaredive.com; July 2014)

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My Stroke of Insight

Love a good TED Talk? Here's one of the most popular: Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor was having a stroke and used the opportunity almost unheard of in her area of research: to analyze her own brain as the functions shut off. (Source: TED.com; Jill Bolte Taylor, My Stroke of Insight)

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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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