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
- Reminder: Change in Work Criteria for CNN/CDN
- New Exams Coming - Advanced CCHT, LPN/LVN Certification Exams
- On-line Practice Exams Available
- CCHT Recertification Information You To Know
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
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.
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
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
process? Check out our "Did You
Know.." sheet, and make sure you do.
Certification Commission (NNCC) exists to establish credentialing
mechanisms for improving the quality of care provided to nephrology
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.