Certification Central – Fall 2017
Cert Central
Volume 10, Issue 4 | Fall 2017
President’s Message
Antoinette Falker, DNP, RN, CMSRN, GCNS-BC
 
President’s Message
Antoinette Falker, our new MSNCB president, shares her nursing journey with you and details the latest MSNCB news and initiatives you need to know.
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MSNCB News
MSNCB Welcomes Three New Board Members
 
President’s Message
Cathryn Kelly, RN, LDN, CCCTM
Manager-Integrated Population Health at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA.
President’s Message
Jessica Tully, DNP, RN-BC, CMSRN, CNML
Director of Medical-Surgical Nursing at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas.
President’s Message
Kim L. Lipsey, MLS
Education Coordinator for Becker Medical Library at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
The MSNCB Board of Directors is a group of dedicated individuals who help serve the organization and all of the nurses who are CMSRN and CCCTM certified. In October, we welcomed three new members: Cathryn Kelly, RN, LDN, CCCTM; Jessica Tully, DNP, RN-BC, CMSRN, CNML; and Kim L. Lipsey, MLS.
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Terri Hinkley Named CEO of MSNCB and AMSN
Terri Hinkley Named CEO of MSNCB™ and AMSN™
 
Respected nursing leader Terri Hinkley, MBA, BSCN, RN, CCRC, has been selected as the new CEO for MSNCB and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN™), www.amsn.org, our affiliate professional nursing association. In her role, Terri will oversee the daily operations of MSNCB and AMSN and will provide strategic guidance to each organization’s Board of Directors.

“As a longtime RN, I'm so excited to join MSNCB and AMSN,” Terri said. “I look forward to working closely with the boards, volunteers, and staff on achieving the mission and vision of these professional nursing organizations.”
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Two MSNCB Certified Nurses Receive Distinction Awards
MSNCB announced the 2017 Distinction Award recipients at the October AMSN Convention in Palm Springs, CA.
CCCTM of Distinction: Luke Emerson, BSN, RN, CCCTM, Coeur d’Alene, ID
 
CCCTM of Distinction: Luke Emerson, BSN, RN, CCCTM
Luke is the first recipient of this new award. He is a Clinical Navigator for Trauma Services at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Luke has been a guest speaker at North Idaho College as an expert in care coordination and transition management (CCTM™). He also assisted in developing the care management portion of the associate degree nursing program at the college.
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CMSRN of Distinction Award: Ann Yacone DiAgostino, MSN, RN, CMSRN, NEA-BC, Milford, PA
 
CMSRN of Distinction: Ann Yacone DiAgostino, MSN, RN, CMSRN, NEA-BC
Ann is a nurse administrator for Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY. She has been an advocate for the med-surg nursing specialty for over 32 years and is an MSNCB ambassador and national speaker on the benefits of CMSRN certification.
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Rewards for You! Become a Certification Champion
 
Rewards for You! Become a Certification Champion
MSNCB knows how much you value your certification, so we’ve launched a campaign that rewards you for helping us spread the word. When you refer a colleague to take an MSNCB certification exam, you are automatically entered to win a $100 Visa Gift Card. The quick form will take less than a minute to complete.
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Congratulations to our October 2017 winner,
Roxanne Santos, RN, CMSRN!

Principal Investigator Needed
MSNCB is seeking an experienced Principal Investigator for a research study on continuing competence of certified medical-surgical registered nurses (CMSRNs). Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2018.
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Three More Units Receive AMSN PRISM Award™
The AMSN PRISM Award™ is given to exemplary med-surg units and is cosponsored by MSNCB and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN), MSNCB’s affiliate nursing association. The three units below are the latest recipients of this prestigious honor. Congratulations to all!
B5 Medical-Surgical Unit, Methodist Hospital, Jefferson Health, Philadelphia, PA
B5 Medical-Surgical Unit, Methodist Hospital, Jefferson Health, Philadelphia, PA
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Medical-Surgical Unit, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Medical-Surgical Unit, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
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FP2 Nursing Unit, St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY
FP2 Nursing Unit, St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY
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Your Unit, Your Award: Apply Today!

PRISM Award
An exemplary medical-surgical unit like yours deserves to be recognized. The AMSN PRISM Award™ shines the spotlight on dedicated nurses who have worked as a team to achieve outstanding patient outcomes and high staff satisfaction. Learn how your unit can achieve this honor.
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Recertification Application Deadline Reminder
Need to get recertified? Click here for all the details. Please remember to allow up to 10 business days for your self-reported contact hours (CHs) to be reviewed and verified. After all your required CHs 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).
Looking for a FailSafe Certification Program?
 
The Fearless Way to Get Certified: FailSafe Program
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®. The healthcare facility pays when the nurse passes.
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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
Volunteer
 
We Want YOU on the MSNCB Team!
Whether you serve on a short-term task force, a review panel, or a specialized committee, when you volunteer for MSNCB, you’ll feel great about your contribution. You’ll also meet new friends, boost your knowledge, and help foster professional nursing certification.
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CMSRN News
Apply Before November 30: CMSRN Winter Recertification Grant
If you’re an AMSN member and you need to renew your CMSRN certification, this grant is for you.
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CCTM News
New: CCTM™ Review/Certification Prep Series
New: CCTM™ Review/Certification Prep Series
The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) has collaborated with Nurse.com to offer the new Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCTM) Review/Certification Prep Focused CE Series, a new option for nurses preparing for the CCCTM exam. The program includes the AAACN CCTM Course modules, three live webinars (including sample questions), a practice test, and an interactive classroom. The first series runs until January 11, 2018.
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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 CCTM exam. Here are 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
AAACN also offers a CCTM bundle, which includes the Core and Review Questions at a reduced price ($129 for non-members, $99 for AAACN members; $129 regular price).
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AMSN News
AMSN 2018 Convention: Call for Poster Abstracts
Unit 1 nurses pose with their award.
AMSN has announced the Call for Poster Abstracts for the 2018 Annual Convention, September 13-16, 2018, in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Please share your valuable knowledge and submit your abstract by May 15, 2018. (Log in if you’re an AMSN member or create an account to submit.)
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Nursing and Industry News
The Vital Role of Nursing in Addressing Climate Change
As a nurse, you can rely on evidence-based information and your leadership skills in doing your part to protect our environment from the threat of climate change. (Source: Johnson & Johnson, The Campaign for Nursing; 9/13/17)
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Just For You
Go into Hibernation Mode With this Great Book
If you just want to escape as the weather cools and curl up with a good book, check out Circling the Sun by Paula McClain. The book is about Beryl Markham, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from East to West. She was also a racehorse trainer, a writer, and a fearless adventurer. If you want more information before you purchase from your favorite online bookseller, read this NPR book review.
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