Nephrology certification update.
Subject: Nurses (Education)
Nurses (Licensing, certification and accreditation)
Author: Wile, Colleen
Pub Date: 10/01/2011
Publication: Name: CANNT Journal Publisher: Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses & Technologists Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses & Technologists ISSN: 1498-5136
Issue: Date: Oct-Dec, 2011 Source Volume: 21 Source Issue: 4
Topic: Event Code: 930 Government regulation
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Organization: Organization: Canadian Nurses Association
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Canada Geographic Code: 1CANA Canada
Accession Number: 276137581
Full Text: The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Certification Program is important to nurses, the nursing profession, employers and the general public. In achieving CNA certification, nurses are committing to a national standard of professional competence that demonstrates they are qualified, competent, and current in their nursing specialty/area of nursing practice. It reaffirms a comprehensive understanding of their specialty and a commitment to continuing competence. Specialty certification is a voluntary recognized credential reserved for registered nurses who meet specific nursing practice criteria, continuous learning and exam-based testing requirements. By renewing this credential every five years, the RN confirms that he/she has met predetermined standards and demonstrated competence in the nursing specialty/area of nursing practice

Benefits of certification can include: opportunity for career advancement/greater job opportunities, as some employers now seek certification as a preferred qualification; potential for salary differentials; formal recognition in the workplace and, as well, some universities offer it as a credit towards your nursing degree. It will also provide you with an opportunity to participate in exam development activities and/or act as a certification mentor to other nurses seeking certification.

As of December 2010, 1,130 nephrology nurses held a valid CNA certification in nephrology (see Table 1). CANNT would like to congratulate the successful candidates from 2011 who will add to this total. CANNT would also like to congratulate all those nurses who chose to recertify this past year (see Table 2). Maintaining certification shows the commitment that nephrology nurses have to our specialty. Best of luck to those individuals who registered to write the certification exam in 2012. This also displays commitment to nephrology practice.

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) will be administering the 2012 CNA Certification Exam on April 21, 2012. The certification credential is part of a respected national certification program, which is developed by Canadian nurses for Canadian nurses. The initial CNA certification credential in nephrology is valid for a five-year term and then is renewed every five years. Certification renewal can be obtained through continuous learning (CL) activities or by writing the certification exam again. Most nurses choose to renew by CL. It is important to plan and record your CL activities from the start of the five-year term. CNA offers forms and guidelines to assist with tracking CL. These forms and guidelines can be found in the certification section of CNA's website under the Continuous Learning Activities Guidelines and Forms section.

Study aids

To assist with studying, CNA has developed resources for those choosing to write the exam. Eligible candidates will receive an access code to the online prep guide. In addition to the exam blueprint and competencies, this prep guide will also include practice questions, an answer key with rationales and a bibliography

CNA also offers a document called "Build on What You Know: A Study Group Manual for Nurses Preparing for CNA Certification Exams". This manual includes tips for study group facilitators and participants, suggested references and other information. The link below will take you to this document and other valuable resources to help with the preparation for the exam. http://cna-aiic.ca/CNA/nursing/certification/apply/studygroups/default_e.aspx

Many nephrology programs have set up education sessions through their program's educator to assist candidates in preparing for the exam. Also, at the yearly national conference, CANNT hosts a pre-conference workshop to help nurses prepare for the nephrology certification exam. For those not able to attend the national conference, the CNeph(C) prep course PowerPoint presentation is available to CANNT members on the CANNT website

Mentors

CNA has assembled a distinguished list of certified nurses who are willing to act as mentors for those nurses who wish for support or assistance with certification exams. A list of mentors can be found below or by following the link: http://cna-aiic.ca/CNA/nursing/certification/apply/mentors/default_e.aspx

British Columbia

Richard Luscombe, RN, BSN, CNeph(C)

Vancouver, BC

Tel.: (604) 682-1525

Email: rluscombe@providencehealth.bc.ca

Quebec

Rachelle Brisson, inf., CNeph(C)

(Bilingual/Bilingue)

Gatineau, QC

Tel.: Work (819) 966-6200 ext. 5407

Home: (819) 986-9625

Email: rachellebrisson@live.ca

Nancy Filteau, RN, CNeph(C)

(Bilingual/Bilingue)

Laval, QC

Tel.: Work (514) 934-1934 ext. 35098

Email: Nancy.filteau@muhc.mcgill.ca

New Brunswick

Valerie Price, RN, CNeph(C)

Saint John, NB

Tel.: (506) 648-6850

Financial assistance for 2011 initial and renewal candidates

Financial assistance is offered through most hospitals and/or provincial licensing bodies to help with the cost of writing the exam. The Canadian Nurses Foundation also offers financial awards to two nurses in each specialty area to cover the certification fees. In addition, CANNT offers the ISPD bursary to assist with the cost of certification or re-certification.

Applications for the Canadian Nurses Foundation award can be found at: http://www.canadiannursesfoundation.com/certification.htm

Application for the CANNT ISPD bursary can be found at: http://www.cannt.ca

For more information on Nephrology Certification through CNA visit its website at: http://cna-aiic.ca/CNA/nursing/certification/default_e.aspx

By Colleen Wile, RN, BScN, CNeph(C), Clinical Educator, Community Dialysis, Halifax, NS
Table 1. Number of valid CNA certifications by specialty/area of nursing
practice and province/territory, 2010

Specialty/area                AB     BC   MB   NB   NL   NS  NT     ON

Cardiovascular                74    137   28   59   **   62   0    401

Community health              71     61   36   11   82   28   9    231

Critical care                118    100   27   49   36   44   *    677

Critical care pediatrics      24     24    *    0    *   12   0     47

Emergency                     97    159   55  102   54   94  20    646

Enterostomal therapy           9      7    *    *    0    *   0     41

Gastroenterology              33     41    8    8    5   **   0    111

Gerontology                  372    609  147   70   49  126   *    638

Hospice palliative care      150    286   78   34   **   79   0    548

Medical-surgical              37     20   24    9   10   10   *     56

Nephrology                   124    150   34   35   34   39   *    622

Neuroscience                  36     30   **   24    *   22   0    017

Occupational health           96     53   22   20   35   40   0    522

Oncology                     111     73   83   48   22   51   *    928

Orthopaedics                  61     20   10   28    *   15   *     50

Perinatal                     52     97   30   58   19   47  10    372

Perioperative                240    209   90   73   85  100   9    633

Psychiatric/mental health     37     88   13   63   83  109   5  1,232

Rehabilitation                14     38   13   11    *   15   0    160

Total                      1,756  2,202  715  705  546  902  68  8,022

Specialty/area              PE   QC   SK  YT/NU       Total

Cardiovascular               *   36   37      0         854

Community health             *    0   30      *         565

Critical care               **   83   38      0       1,185

Critical care pediatrics     0   10    *      0         123

Emergency                   14   33   62      6       1,344

Enterostomal therapy         *    *    *      0          75

Gastroenterology             *   10   11      0         235

Gerontology                 49   32   21      *       2,118

Hospice palliative care     10   61   21      *       1,279

Medical-surgical             *   11   15      *         200

Nephrology                  **   51   28      0       1,130

Neuroscience                 0   47   12      0         291

Occupational health          *    9   25      0         828

Oncology                    12  204   50      0       1,591

Orthopaedics                 0    *    6      0         194

Perinatal                   15   24   15      *         744

Perioperative               15   54   31      0       1,540

Psychiatric/mental health   33   21    *      *       1,692

Rehabilitation               *    7    7      0         272

Total                      178  696  419     20  16,260 (1)

* Information suppressed to protect privacy (one to four records)
** Information suppressed to protect privacy (five or more records)
To prevent calculation of the suppressed number (*) by using other
data in the table, another number (usually the next lowest number)
is suppressed.
(1.) Both the overall total and the total for occupational health (OH)
are inclusive of OH nursing reciprocity candidates; however, these
candidates are not shown in the distribution across jurisdictions.
Source: Canadian Nurses Association, Professional Practice &
Regulation division

Table 2. Number of valid CNA certifications by year and
specialty/area, 2006-2010

Specialty area              2006    2007    2008    2009    2010

Cardiovascular                713     722     774     793     854

Community health            148 *     216     338     460     565

Critical care               1,223   1,166   1,190   1,191   1,185

Critical care pediatrics       94     104     100     113     123

Emergency                   1,307   1,323   1,345   1,333   1,344

Enterostomal therapy          n/a     n/a     n/a    66 *      75

Gastroenterology              171     205     235     231     235

Gerontology                 1,937   1,988   2,104   2,073   2,118

Hospice palliative care       916   1,103   1,247   1,232   1,279

Medical-surgical              n/a     n/a     n/a     n/a   200 *

Nephrology                  1,019   1,052   1,080   1,103   1,130

Neuroscience                  223     237     258     269     291

Occupational health           926     908     888     879     828

Oncology                    1,332   1,323   1,360   1,431   1,591

Orthopaedics                 73 *     125     153     169     194

Perinatal                     621     642     665     719     744

Perioperative               1,585   1,552   1,566   1,560   1,540

Psychiatric/mental health   1,729   1,734   1,750   1,765   1,692

Rehabilitation               71 *     121     172     216     272

Total                      14,088  14,526  15,225  15,603  16,260

* First year certification was available in this specialty/area
Source: Canadian Nurses Association, Professional Practice
& Regulation division
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