Certification Central – Summer 2017
Certification Central - The official e-newletter of the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board
Volume 10, Issue 3 | Summer 2017
President's Message
MSNCB President Mimi Haskins, DNP, RN, CNS, CMSRN
MSNCB President Mimi Haskins, DNP, RN, CNS, CMSRN, shares the latest MSNCB news in this last President’s Message of her term. With her warmth and enthusiasm, Mimi inspired all of us and helped lead the CMSRN and CCCTM certifications toward continued success.
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MedStar Georgetown Unit, Washington, DC, Receives AMSN PRISM Award®
MedStar Georgetown Unit, Washington, DC, Receives AMSN PRISM Award
The C62 Inpatient Unit, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, has received the AMSN PRISM Award® for exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes. MSNCB President Mimi Haskins, presented unit staff with their award May 24, 2017, during a celebration at the hospital.
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Prism Award

It's Time Your Unit is Recognized
Item Writers Meet at MSNCB Headquarters
Item Writers Meet at MSNCB Headquarters
The CMSRN Item Writers gathered at the MSNCB National Office in Pitman, NJ, in July to develop new questions for the CMSRN exam. They worked with Elaine Zimbler and Peg Garbin, representatives from the Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET), our testing agency. Pictured are (front row from left): Elaine Zimbler, Peg Garbin; and Donna Rozar; and (back row, from left): Drew Schofield, Jessica Borthwick, Cynthia Frazer, Renee Pate, and Dora Iska Okello. If you'd like to get involved and make a contribution, MSNCB will be looking for new volunteers in several roles very soon. Please consider participating!
Spread the Word: Certification Grants Available
You value your certification! Let your colleagues know that MSNCB offers a CMSRN Certification Grant and a CCCTM Certification Grant.

And, if you are currently CMSRN certified, apply today for the CMSRN Recertification Grant.
Has Your Facility Discovered the FailSafe Way to Certify Nurses?
Everyone wins with the MSNCB FailSafe Certification Program™. The program lifts two significant barriers to certification: fear of failure and upfront payment of exam fees. FailSafe gives nurses more than one chance to take the exam of their choice: CMSRN or CCCTM.
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See Who Just Got Certified
Have you recently earned your CMSRN or CCCTM credential? Then you're included in our online lists. Congratulations! (Updated regularly — check back if your name hasn't yet been posted.)
Newest CMSRNs
Newest CCCTMs
Your Online Tracker: Use It, Love It!
The MSNCB Online Tracker is a simple tool that shows your certification information, how close you are to recertifying, and the contact hours counting toward your recertification. You can also apply for recertification online right from your Tracker.
CMSRN Tracker
CCCTM Tracker
Recertification Application Deadline Reminder
Please allow up to 10 business days for your self-reported contact hours to be reviewed and verified. After all your required CEs are verified, submit your application at least 30 days before your expiration date to avoid a late fee. (Note: Effective January 1, 2018, recertification applications will be accepted online only via your CMSRN Tracker or CCCTM Tracker).
Handy! Your Certification Card is Now Printable
Your certification wallet card can be printed anytime, anywhere. To print your card, log in to your CMSRN Tracker or CCCTM Tracker and follow the instructions.
Tweet Tweet! Our Twitter Handle has Changed
To better reflect certified nurses like you and make us easier to find, we’ve changed the MSNCB Twitter handle to @CertifiedNurses. Please click the link today and follow the page if you haven’t already!
Christy Swinsonm MSN, FNP-C, CMSRNS
Recertified! Another Proud CMSRN
"I can't believe it's been 10 years since my initial CMSRN certification. I have always made a commitment to renew and celebrate medical-surgical nursing.
My certification will always be a part of my roots and core foundation."
- Christy Swinson, MSN, FNP-C, CMSRN
Write for Us About CCTM!
If you are CCCTM certified, add scholarly publishing to your CV and submit a manuscript to AMSN’s official newsletter, MedSurg Matters! Not sure where to start? Contact the editor today to discuss your ideas.
(P.S. You'll also earn contact hours for writing!)
Confidence and Respect: Two Nurses Tell Us the Value of Their CCCTM™ Credential
Certified nurses Jo Ellen Inman-Puckett and Angelica May sat with us recently and told us how the Certified in Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCCTM™) credential has changed their careers.

Click here to listen or click the video at left. It could change your career path.
Get Smart! CCTM Resources Are Ideal Study Tools
The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) offers many resources to help you prepare for the CCCTM exam.
Here’s a few:
  • Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCTM) Core Curriculum, 2014
  • Care Coordination and Transition Management Review Questions
  • Care Coordination and Transition Management Online Course
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AMSN 2017 Convention
Don’t Miss This Premier Education Event
Great news for you! AMSN sets the bar higher every year on top-notch educational content at the convention. The 2017 program is packed with excellent sessions, so click here and see what’s in store!
Here’s a few highlights
Register today!

Tips! How You Can Afford to Attend the Convention
From convincing your employer, to finances and planning, we’ve got you covered with this handy guide.
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Traveler: Your License May Not Work at Airports in 2018
Important news for Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington travelers: Starting January 22, 2018, drivers' licenses issued by these states will no longer be accepted at TSA checkpoints. They fail to meet the federal government’s minimum security standards under the Real ID Act. Instead, domestic flight travelers will have to use another form of identification such as a passport, military ID, or resident card.
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Back by Popular Demand!
"I Love Med-Surg Nursing" lapel pin
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Media Spotlight

Diana Harmon Writes about CCCTM for USA Today
An article by Diana Harmon, MSN, MHA, RN, CCCTM, Chairperson, Certified in Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCCTM™) Test Development and Item Writers committees, Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB), has been included in a USA Today supplement, Investing in Our Nurses, published by MediaPlanet. The supplement was distributed nationally May 12 to coincide with National Nurses Week. Diana’s article is entitled “A New and Important Certification for Those Called to Serve,” and is expected to be read online by an estimated 3+ million readers. The article describes how patients are falling through the cracks in today’s health care system due to the lack of coordinated care, and how RNs are uniquely qualified to provide this crucial service. Diana also outlines the value of CCCTM certification for nurses, patients, facilities, and the entire U.S. health care system.
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AMSN President Linda Yoder in the Media: 10 Common Mistakes Nurse Grads Make
Onward Healthcare recently interviewed AMSN President Linda Yoder on the mishaps recent nurse graduates should avoid when starting their careers. (Teaser: Don’t wear this certain type of footwear for your interview, according to Linda.)
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AAACN 2016-17 President Featured in Redbook Magazine Column
In the May issue of Redbook magazine, Debra Cox, MS, RN, 2016-17 president of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN), contributed to the column, "What Nurses Tell Their Friends." Debra's section, "Please, Please Read the Paperwork" speaks to the importance of care coordination, patient education, and follow-up care.
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Nursing and Industry News

The Keys to Nurse Job Satisfaction
From a nurturing mentor to your physical environment, there are several factors that can affect how you feel about your job on a daily basis. (Source: NurseZone, June 7, 2017)
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Boom! Health Care Positions Growing
The health care industry added 24,300 new jobs in May, for a total of 15.7 million jobs in the sector, according to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report. (Source: Modern Healthcare, 6/2)
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Just For You
Unscrambling the Egg Conundrum
With so many egg choices these days, figuring out what is healthy can be challenging. Which type really is best? (Source: Tasty Yummies, June 2017)
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