April 2013 Electronic Bulletin












  April 2013






Sent to
those committed to excelle
nce!









IN THIS E-NEWS BULLETIN, PLEASE FIND THE FOLLOWING
SHORT NEW BRIEFS FROM THE NNCC: 



    NNCC 25TH ANNIVERSARY RECOGNIZED







    This year marks the 25th anniversary of NNCC.  NNCC is proud to note its growth throughout the years, from initially providing one
    nursing certification exam in 1987 to six separate nephrology
    certification exams in 2013.  Please s
    top by the NNCC exhibit booth at national
    nephrology meetings throughout 2013 to discuss how NNCC supports
    certification for nephrology nurses and technicians.





    TWO CCHT CAREER MOBILITY SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE NOW!

    NNCC is pleased to announce that they are now offering two
    CCHT Career Mobility Scholarships each year. 
    The CCHT Career Mobility Scholarship provides funding for continuing education
    and development or support of a program to improve patient outcomes in the
    health science field.  Each $2000
    scholarship will enable a CCHT - certified dialysis technician to enhance his/her
    knowledge and better contribute to the nephrology community. 


    NNCC is very pleased to announce the 2013
    winner of the CCHT Career Mobility Scholarship is Ormet Lynn Campbell of LaPlace, Louisianna. 



    The application form and instructions are available on the
    Scholarships/Grants page of the NNCC website found at
    www.nncc-exam.org.  All CCHT - certified dialysis technicians who
    meet the scholarship award criteria are encouraged to apply; applications for
    the 2014 awards are being accepted now.  Applications
    will be accepted until November 29, 2013, and winners will be notified in the
    spring of 2014.  Please note that fax
    copies of documents are NOT accepted.


     




    NEW NEPHROLOGY NURSING ADVOCACY AWARD AVAILABLE SOON

    The NNCC has approved an annual award for one
    organization/facility/department/unit to receive upon demonstration that the
    winner values certification as a way to promote patient safety and improve
    the quality of care provided to nephrology patients.  The award will consist of a wall plaque, a
    $250 gift card, a press release and recognition on the NNCC website and at the
    NNCC exhibit at professional nephrology events. 
    Please watch for details of this award to be posted on the NNCC website
    soon.





    NNCC NOW ON FACEBOOK!!

    The Nephrology Nursing
    Certification Commission
    just joined Facebook, and we'd love to
    connect with you.  "Like" us on
    Facebook to keep up with certification and exam information, NNCC and industry
    news, and much more.  It's also a great
    place to share your stories, network with fans from across the country, and get
    in contact with NNCC directly.

    “Like" us
    today on Facebook by visiting
    www.facebook.com/NNCCExam





    NOW AVAILABLE - ADVANCED CCHT, LPN/LVN CERTIFICATION EXAMS

    NNCC is pleased to announce the availability of two new
    certification exams.  The Commission
    carefully reviewed recent Practice Analysis and Role Delineation Surveys for
    technicians and LPN/LVNs and it was determined that there are significant
    differences in practice between entry level technicians and those who have been
    working for five or more years.  It was
    also noted that there are definite differences in practice between all
    technicians and LPN/LVN’s working in dialysis facilities.  The fees for the exams are as follows:


    Advanced
    CCHT Certification Exam

    The credential for the advanced dialysis technician is
    CCHT-A, and denotes practice and experience beyond the minimum needed to obtain
    the CCHT.  Criteria for this
    certification exam include the following:

    ·       
    5 years of continuous employment and a minimum
    of 5000 hours as a clinical hemodialysis technician,

    ·       
    30 contact hours of continuing education
    relevant to the practice of a hemodialysis technician, within the previous
    three years,

    ·       
    Current national certification as a CCHT, CHT or
    CCNT.

    NOTE:  It is recommended but not required that
    contact hours be obtained from an approved provider.


    Certification
    Exam for the Dialysis LVN/LPN

    The credential for the certified dialysis LPN/LVN is CD-LPN
    and CD-LVN.  The eligibility criteria for
    this exam include:

    ·       
    2 years and 2000 hours as an LPN/LVN working
    with patients who require or may require dialysis within the previous 2 years,

    ·       
    15 contact hours of continuing education
    relevant to the care of patients who require or may require dialysis, within
    the previous two years.

    NOTE:  It is
    recommended but not required that contact hours be obtained from an approved
    provider.


    The certification examination application fee for CCHT-A and CD-LPN/CD-LVN is
    $250.




    CONTINUING EDUCATION, CREDENTIAL VERIFICATION REMINDERS


    Please review the applicable application form and note the
    criteria for continuing education submitted for certification and
    recertification.  Continuing education
    credits must be applicable to the person’s credential and scope of practice in
    nephrology.  Continuing education credit
    for materials that do not apply to the person’s nephrology role and scope of
    practice will not be accepted.



    Another important reminder regards the NNCC Certified
    Directory, available on the NNCC website at
    www.nncc-exam.org.  The NNCC Certified Directory allows for
    online verification of certification.  It
    is maintained as a searchable database that displays all individuals matching
    the selection criteria who have not elected to keep their information
    private.  All managers are strongly
    encouraged to verify credentials by viewing this directory
    .




    REMINDER - INCOMPLETE APPLICATION FEES

    Please be aware that NNCC and its testing partner, the Center for
    Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET) continue to receive many
    applications that are incomplete, primarily for CCHT
    certification and recertification.  Due to the amount of work required
    to process and follow-up on incomplete applications, an incomplete
    application fee of $25 is charged for each incomplete application. 
    Incomplete applications also delay processing of the application, so it
    is critical that all applications be reviewed carefully to
    ensure that all required steps are completed properly.


     



    CCHT RECERTIFICATION INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW

    Think you know all you need to know about the CCHT
    recertification
    process? Check out our "Did You
    Know.."
    sheet, and make sure you do.  




    ABOUT
    NNCC




    The
    Nephrology Nursing
    Certification Commission (NNCC) exists to establish credentialing
    mechanisms for improving the quality of care provided to nephrology
    patients.




    The
    Nephrology
    Nursing
    Certification
    Commission supports the philosophy
    that there should be a diversity of examinations that will effectively
    provide the opportunity for certification at various levels of
    education, experience, and area of practice within nephrology nursing.




    For
    more
    information,
    visit www.nncc-exam.org.