CMSRN Exam and Recertification Criteria Updated

MSNCB directors have updated the criteria for the CMSRN exam, recertification, and exam exemption. The nursing practice criterion for both certification and recertification was changed.

Certification: the bolded sentence was added

Have accrued a minimum of 2,000 hours of nursing practice within the past three (3) years of practice in a medical-surgical setting. Practice may include clinical, management, or education.

Recertification and Exam Exemption Certification: the bolded sentence was added

Have accrued a minimum of 1,000 hours of nursing practice within the past five (5) years of practice in a medical-surgical setting. Practice may include clinical, management, or education.

This addition clarifies that medical-surgical nurses who work as managers and educators are eligible to take the exam.

The MSNCB directors constantly review the criteria for both certification and recertification to ensure that the criteria are clear and easy to understand. If you have any questions, please contact the National Office at 866-877-2676 or email msncb@msncb.org