How are the questions on the test created?

Valid and reliable tests do not arise spontaneously from item writers. They are carefully planned to ensure that they are legally defensible and psychometrically sound. The blueprint, or test plan, identifies what content is included on the test and what majority of the questions are need to address for each type of nephrology patient clients and the activities performed by the NP.

What is the best way for me to study for the test, especially if I work most of my time in a community dialysis center?

First, review the test blueprint to understand the breakdown of the test as to what areas are emphasized. The blueprint lists the ideal distribution of questions and the number of questions that are included for each client problem and activity associated to it. Questions on the kidney replacement therapies are much of the questions on the test (56-59% currently) but examining a broad overview of nephrology nursing is important. Only you know your strengths and weakness and concentrating on the areas that you feel you are weak helps prepare you to feel more confident. 

Is this certification accepted by any State Boards of Nursing or other nursing organizations for continuing education (CEU) credit? Is it accepted to as being the only certification I will need for my state to be licensed as an NP?

To the best of our knowledge the CNN-NP exam is not accepted as a source of CEU credit by any State Board of Nursing or other nursing organizations.  It is not accepted by any states as being the only certification required to practice.

What impact will becoming a Certified Nephrology Nurse-Nurse Practitioner have on my being an NP?

The number one reason to become certified is to help ensure patient safety. For the NP who is driven to be certified it is often to fulfill a personal need to be professionally recognized as having obtained a higher level of excellence in their practice.  Putting "CNN-NP" next to your name shows your colleagues that you have the advanced knowledge and competence as a nephrology NP and you provide an excellence of care that is the desired by our standards of practice. 

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