CNS-BC versus CCNS?

  1. I would like to know, from all you CNS' out there, which certification is better...CNS-BC endorsed by the ANCC or CCNS endorsed by the AACN?? I am aiming this question to adult critical care specialties. I know this is higher an opinion-based question but I would still like to hear what you have to say! If there are any administrative viewers out there, does one certification have more "clout" than another on a CV?
    Thanks for your time and thoughts!
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Well for one, the CCNS is not accepted in all states:

    States Accepting the CCNS

    So, I would think going the CNS-BC route via ANCC.

    You should probably familarize yourself with the APRN Consensus Model too as that may impact which direction you go in also.
  4. by   juan de la cruz
    There are 2 board certifications offered by ANCC that can be used in critical care: Adult CNS (ACNS-BC) and Pediatric CNS (PCNS-BC). These examinations are either general adult or general peds, they are both non-critical care focused. AACN certification boards are specific to acute and critical care and are broken down to three depending on the age of the population served: Neonatal, Pediatric, or Adult. Regardless of which exam one takes, the credential is CCNS. Not all states recognize AACN certifications for APN's (i.e., CCNS and ACNPC). You should make sure your state is not listed as one of those that do not recognize the CCNS credential.

    States Accepting the CCNS
  5. by   ERNurseScott
    Thank you for your comments. They have been helpeful. Keep 'em coming!....
  6. by   jambala
    thank you for the input guys! i appreciate it..