Cert Central
Volume 10, Issue 1 | Winter 2017
Award Spotlight
Congratulations to Newest Recipients of AMSN PRISM Award®
Honoring outstanding med-surg units across the country with an AMSN PRISM Award® has become one of the most enjoyable aspects of serving our med-surg community. The award is co-sponsored by MSNCB™ and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN). Representatives from both organizations recently presented three more units with the award for achieving exceptional nursing practice, leadership, and outcomes.
Texas Med-Surg Unit Receives AMSN PRISM Award®
Inspira Medical
AMSN President Dr. Linda Yoder (fourth from right) joins the 3 South staff at the award ceremony.
The 3 South Cardio-Pulmonary Unit at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, Austin, TX, enjoyed a well-deserved spotlight on December 5 when the nurses received their AMSN PRISM Award. The award was presented by AMSN President Linda H. Yoder, PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN.
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Medical Unit 1, CentraCare Health, St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN
Unit 1 nurses pose with their award.
Unit 1 nurses pose with their award.
The nurses of Medical Unit 1, CentraCare Health, St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, MN, received their AMSN PRISM Award at a December 9 ceremony. AMSN Director Julie Kennedy, MSN, RN, CMSRN, presented the award.
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Unit 1 East, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, Roslyn, NY
Unit 1 nurses pose with their award.
MSNCB Director Patricia Kurz applauds the nurses at St. Francis.
Unit 1 East, St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, NY, has received an AMSN PRISM Award. MSNCB Director Patrica Kurz, MPS, RN, CMSRN, presented the award during a December 12 ceremony.
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Your Unit Could Be Next!
Interested in earning this prestigious award for your unit? Learn how to write a successful application by clicking here for a free session in the AMSN Online Library.
MSNCB and AMSN Seeking CEO
Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc., the association management company for MSNCB and AMSN, is seeking an experienced nurse leader for the CEO position of both organizations. The ideal candidate is an experienced RN and leader, with a master's or higher degree, capable of managing organizational operations and ready to champion the missions, visions, and strategic goals of both organizations. If you or a colleague is interested in the position, please click here to learn more. Apply by March 31, 2017.
Nominate a Nurse for CMSRN and CCCTM Distinction Awards
Nominate a Nurse for CMSRN and CCCTM Distinction Awards
Nominations for the two MSNCB™ Distinction Awards are now open. The CMSRN® of Distinction Award and the CCCTM™ of Distinction Award each acknowledge an RN who is dedicated to promoting and communicating the value of certification. Nominate yourself or a colleague by March 31, 2017.
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Volunteer as a Director for Your Certifying Board
Experience the rewards of volunteering and boost your resume at the same time! MSNCB is accepting applications now for two RN Director positions and a Public Member Director position on the Board. Review the qualifications and apply by March 31, 2017.
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It’s Time to Share Your Certification Story!
MSNCB is a proud sponsor of the National Certification Corporation’s (NCC) “Share Your Story” video app. The app is free and is available through iTunes and Google Play.

Share Your Story

The app helps you create a short video to share how certification has transformed your career. Your entry may even be used in an upcoming public awareness campaign.
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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 https://twitter.com/CertifiedNurses. Please click the link today and follow the page if you haven’t already!

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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 and facilities don't pay a penny until their nurses pass. Click the link below, then share the information with your colleagues!
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Handy! Your Certification Card is Now Printable
Your certification wallet cards can be printed anytime, anywhere. To print your card, log in to your CMSRN tracker or CCCTM tracker and follow the instructions.
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. (Note: Effective January 1, 2018, recertification applications will be accepted online only via your CMSRN tracker or CCCTM tracker).
Upcoming Conference Offers CCTM Track
If you’re a CCCTM certified nurse or a nurse interested in learning more about CCTM practice, you’ll want to attend the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) Annual Conference, May 10-13, 2017 in New Orleans, LA. AAACN has curated a CCTM track with the latest information presented by CCTM experts. You can identify the CCTM sessions with a "C" enclosed in a green box.
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See Who Just Got CMSRN Certified
Have you recently earned your CMSRN® credential? Then you're included in our online lists. Congratulations! (Updated regularly — check back if your name hasn't yet been posted.)
Newest CMSRNs
See Who Just Got CCCTM™ Certified
Have you recently earned your CCCTM credential? Then you're included in our online lists. Congratulations! (Updated regularly — check back if your name hasn't yet been posted.)
Newest CCCTM nurses
AMSN Leaders in Media Spotlight
AMSN President Linda Yoder, PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN, and AMSN Immediate Past President Jill Arzouman, DNP, RN, ACNS, BC, CMSRN, were both interviewed recently by the nursing media. Linda discussed the value of career coaching for nurses in this Minority Nurse article and Jill chatted with nursingjobs.com about the evolution of med-surg nursing.

AMSN Convention News
2017 Convention: Call for Poster Abstracts

Click here and submit your abstract.
(Open until May 15, 2017.)

The 26th Annual AMSN Convention will be in Palm Springs, CA, October 12-15, 2017. Attendees tell us they get a wealth of new knowledge and ideas from the posters, so please consider sharing your ideas and practice advances.
Nursing and Industry News
I'm a Nurse, Hear Me Advocate!
The Nurse In Washington Internship (NIWI) helps nurses learn how to influence health care through legislative and regulatory processes. NIWI 2017 is March 12-14 in Arlington, VA, and is open to RNs or nursing students who want to learn more about the legislative process.
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ANA Supports Health System Reform
The American Nurses Association (ANA) delivered a series of health care reform principles to the new presidential administration's transition team. Efforts to reform or replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should hold up to these four principles to protect patients and their right to affordable health care. The principles support the role of the RN and care coordination.
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Just For You
NJ’s Oldest Nurse, 97, Rewrites Rules on Aging
Unit 1 nurses pose with their award.
Kay Hodges with a patient. (Photo: Jay Levin/NorthJersey.com)
Kay Hodges is New Jersey’s oldest licensed RN and a rock star to other nurses. She’s also proof that living a life with meaning and purpose has no limits and is more about desire than age. (Source: NorthJersey.com, February 6, 2017)
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