January 2012 Electronic Bulletin



   









  January 2012





Sent to
those committed to excellence!








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


    TIME FOR JOB ANALYSIS - NEPHROLOGY NURSES


    It is routine practice for the NNCC and its testing partner,
    Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET), to conduct a job analysis or
    role delineation survey every 3 – 5 years. 
    This is done to update and revalidate the content of the exams and
    ensure that current clinical practice is reflected in the certification exams
    provided by NNCC.  This year the survey
    focus will be on nephrology nurses, with a goal of determining the scope of
    practice and differentiation between the roles of nurses in the dialysis
    setting, which includes advanced practice nephrology nurses.  We would like all nephrology nurses to
    participate in this very important survey. 
    Please watch your e-mail for an invitation to participate in this online
    survey, or go to the NNCC website (
    www.nncc-exam.org) to
    complete the applicable survey when it’s made available.  Your input is very important and provides you
    with the opportunity to have influence on the credentialing of nephrology
    nurses.


     




    REMINDER:  CHANGE IN WORK HOUR CRITERIA FOR CDN/CNN EXAMS

    In the summer of 2011, the Commission members changed the
    work hours required to be eligible to take the CNN exam and in the work hours
    required for recertification for the CDN and CNN exams.  As of 08-01-2012, the work hours required to
    be eligible to take the CNN exam have been increased to a minimum of 3000 hours
    working as a nephrology nurse during the three (3) years prior to submission of
    the exam application.  Beginning
    08-01-2014, to recertify for the CDN or CNN exam, the required work hours have
    been increased to a minimum of 1500 hours working in nephrology nursing during
    the three (3) year certification period. 

    All required work hours must be in nephrology nursing, and the 50%
    requirement will be eliminated.





    NEW EXAMS COMING - ADVANCED CCHT, LPN/LVN CERTIFICATION EXAMS

    As noted previously, 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. 

    Given this information, the Commission members have elected to increase
    the number of certification exams offered as described below.  It is anticipated that these exams will be
    available the fall of 2012.


    Development
    of Advanced CCHT Certification Exam


    The credential for the advanced dialysis technician will be
    CCHT-A and will denote 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 approved continuing
    education relevant to the practice of a hemodialysis technician, within the
    previous three years,


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



    Development
    of Certification Exam for the Dialysis LVN/LPN


    The credential for the certified dialysis LPN/LVN will be
    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 approved continuing
    education relevant to the care of patients who require or may require dialysis,
    within the previous two years.



    COMPUTER BASED TESTING AVAILABLE AND POPULAR

    Computer-based testing (CBT) remains the most popular method
    for obtaining certification for the CCHT, CDN and CNN exams.  CBT is available at over 200 testing centers
    across the country.  This provides
    applicants with more flexibility in terms of the time and location for
    testing.  Please refer to the NNCC
    website,
    www.nncc-exam.org for
    locations and other details.




    ON-LINE PRACTICE EXAMS AVAILABLE



    All exams offered by NNCC have an on-line practice test that
    provides applicants with a way to get a feel for the content and format of the
    specific certification exam they will be taking.  The practice test allows test-takers to see
    the type of content in the test and how test items are worded.  The practice tests also provide a sense of
    the areas of practice included in the exam. 
    Additional details can be found on the NNCC website,
    www.nncc-exam.org.



    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.