Certification Central – Winter 2018
Cert Central
Volume 11, Issue 1 | Winter 2018
President’s Message
Antoinette Falker, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC, CMSRN, CBN
President's Message
Motivated for Life: Certified Nurses and Lifelong Learning
MSNCB President Antoinette Falker applauds certified nurses like you for choosing the challenges and rewards of lifelong learning.
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MSNCB Initiatives Supports Continuing Competence
Continuing competence has been an important topic of discussion among certification boards, including MSNCB, in recent years. We’re staying on top of the issue via two initiatives:
  • Endorsing the Hospice & Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) definition for continuing competence,
  • Launching a 2018 study on how CMSRNs are managing their own continuing competence in the practice setting. (You’ve probably seen the recent “Call for Principal Investigator” for this research, which will collect valuable data on continuing competence.)
According to the HPCC definition, "Continuing competence is the ongoing commitment of a registered nurse to integrate and apply the knowledge, skills, and judgment with the attitudes, values, and beliefs required to practice safely, effectively, and ethically in a designated role and setting."
The continuing competence study will collect data that will be valuable in the ongoing dialogue on continuing competence and will help inform MSNCB on the current practices of CMSRNs related to continuing competence. Stay tuned!

Celebrating Two Milestones for the AMSN PRISM Award

The AMSN PRISM Award is given to exemplary med-surg units and is cosponsored by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and MSNCB., AMSN’s affiliate certification organization. AMSN and MSNCB recently marked two milestones: Giving the award to the first international recipient in Saudi Arabia, and celebrating a fifth award for a New York hospital. Click the links below to see the celebrations.
Rewards for You! Become a Certification Champion
C-2 Orthopedic Unit, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
AMSN President Linda Yoder and MSNCB President Antoinette Falker presented the C-2 Orthopedic Unit at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with an AMSN PRISM Award using a video stream on November 6, 2017. This was the first time the award was given to a unit outside the U.S.
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Rewards for You! Become a Certification Champion
FP2 Nursing Unit, St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY
St. Francis celebrated its fifth AMSN PRISM award during a ceremony on September 19, 2017. MSNCB Secretary Pat Kurz, MPS, RN, CMSRN, presented the much-deserving nurses with their award.

"Receiving a fifth AMSN PRISM award is yet another affirmation of the topnotch care our nurses provide to patients on our medical-surgical units," Ann Cella, MA, MEd, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Francis, said.
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Get Psyched! Hear CMSRNs Describe the Value of their Credential
Get Psyched! Hear CMSRNs Describe the Value of their Credential
Get Psyched! Hear CMSRNs Describe the Value of their Credential
Drew Schofield and Cynthia Frazer, two dedicated CMSRNs, sat down with us recently to describe how certification is one of the best career moves they ever made. Please share with your colleagues who may be pondering their ‘next best step.’
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Recertification Grant Winner Announced
Congratulations to the 2018 MSNCB Recertification Grant Winner, Chandra Rae Gilbert. Chandra recertified her CMSRN credential for another 5 years! Applications for recertification grants are available to AMSN members two times per year to receive funding to renew their CMSRN certification.
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 (CH) 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. Recertification applications are accepted online only via your CMSRN Tracker or CCCTM Tracker.
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 December 2017 Certification Champion,
Crystal Griest, RN, CMSRN, and our January 2018 Champion, Raena Sally, MSN, RN, CMSRN, OCN.

Wanted: Seeking Application Reviewers for Distinction Award
MSNCB Seeking Application Reviewers for Distinction Award
MSNCB is looking for volunteers to join the CMSRN of Distinction Award Review Team. The award acknowledges an RN dedicated to promoting and communicating the value of certification by providing education and support to peers, a health care organization, patients and/or the community.
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See Who Just Got Certified
Have you recently earned your Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®) or Certified in Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCCTM®) credential? Then you're included in our online lists. (Updated regularly — check back if your name hasn't yet been posted.)
Newest CMSRNs
Newest CCCTMs
Recertification: Plan on It!
MSNCB has the tools and resources to make getting recertified as easy as possible. From earning contact hours to applying, we’ve got you covered.
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Spread Understanding of Med-surg Nursing
Spread Understanding of Med-surg Nursing
Nursing students and the public may not fully understand what a med-surg nurse does. Help educate them! Share this definition of the specialty with your colleagues and friends. After that, explain the value of your CMSRN credential!
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New: CCTM™ Review/Certification Prep Series
CCTM™ Review/Certification Prep Focused CE Series, April 2 - June 7, 2018
Prepare for the Certified in Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCCTM®) exam with this new collaboration between AAACN and Nurse.com. The program includes AAACN's CCTM Course modules, three live webinars with sample questions, a practice test, and an interactive classroom.
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Spread Understanding of Med-surg Nursing
Get Smart! CCTM Resources Are Ideal Study Tools
Are you preparing for the CCCTM exam? The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) offers many resources to boost your confidence and help help you pass with flyer colors.
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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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Your Unit, Your Award: Apply Today!

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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Nursing and Industry News
Nurses Maintain #1 Ranking as Most Honest and Ethical Profession
For the 16th consecutive year, the American public has ranked nurses as the professionals with the highest honesty and ethical standards, according to the annual Gallup poll.
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Blood Pressure Guidelines Changed
Leading heart health experts tightened the guidelines for high blood pressure recently, a change that will sharply increase the number of U.S. adults considered hypertensive in the hope that they, and their doctors, will address the deadly condition sooner. (The Washington Post, 11/13/17)
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Physican Ethics Pledge Gets Makeover
Physician leaders have given the international modern-day Hippocratic Oath the most substantial update that it has seen in nearly 70 years. (AMA, 11/20/17)
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Just For You
Me, Myself and I: We’re Happy Together
Do you tell yourself, “I’ll be happy when…” [fill in the blank]? Turns out, there’s no time like the present – as in this very second – to rethink that strategy.
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