- 2Mar 9, '13 by DeVonna32RN-BSNOk, so there was a topic I commented on a few weeks ago and I forgot the name of it. Anyways, one of the members on this site messaged me on facebook and asked if I knew what certifications an LVN could test for. I have put together the following list. As far as I could tell during my research, they are all legit. So to all of my fellow LVN/LPN colleagues, I hope you find the list interesting!!
national federation of licensed practical nurses – IV Therapy and Gerontology
developmental disabilities nurses association - Developmental Disabilities (DDS)
prepared childbirth educators, inc. - Clinical Labor support Specialist (CCLSS)
prepared childbirth educators, inc. - Certified Labor Doula (CD)
prepared childbirth educators, inc. - Certified Breastfeeding Counselor (CBC)
prepared childbirth educators, inc. - Certified Prenatal/Postnatal Fitness Instructor
The International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) certificate is offered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE)
(http://americas.iblce.org/announcing...e-requirements) According to the IBLCE, “Beginning in 2012, all first-time candidates [to be certified as a lactation consultant] will be required to have completed the following education and clinical practice experience prior to applying for the exam: 90 hours of pre-exam education in human lactation and breastfeeding and …be a [LVN]…Or have completed both of the following general education requirements:8 general education courses of one semester, or equivalent, in length [and] 6 additional continuing education subjects, and Clinical breastfeeding practice hours.”
national association for practical nurse education and service, inc. (napnes) - Certified Long-Term Care (CLTC)
napnes – Long-Term Care re-certification
napnes - Pharmacology Certification
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
www.nbchpn.org (The National Board for Certification of Hospice & Palliative Nurses): Hospice & Palliative Care
The American Board of Managed Care Nursing (www.abmcn.org): Certified Managed Care Nurses (CMCN)
The Certification Board of Urologic Nurses & Associates (www.suna.org): Certified Urology Associate
The National Commission on Correctional Health Care (www.ncchc.org): Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP)
- 0Mar 13, '13 by JustBeachyNurse, LPNFYI--there is also a sticky in this forum on the same topic: http://allnurses.com/lpn-lvn-corner/...al-215714.html
- 0Mar 19, '13 by JustBeachyNurse, LPNQuote from tbehlowIt's relative. The certifications that require a validated work experience often carry more weight (like many of the specialties available for RNs like CEN CCRN etc). If the certification demonstrates your competence and expertise it will mean much more than say a new grad without experience taking a bunch of classes.What do you think about NAPNES CERTIFICATION? Is it worth it? Good idea? Any input would be appreciated ..
If you have LTC experience and take one of the LTC/subacute certifications it will have significance and perhaps give you an edge while applying as it shows not only your competence/education but also your dedicated interest in expanding your credentials.
- 0Mar 31, '13 by SuzieVNQuote from tbehlowWhen I went through PN school (3000 years ago), we had to take a NAPNES class outside of the school, and get a NAPNES 'card', or we could not pass meds upon graduation- meaning the LPN license would have been useless. Is this the same today, that as an LPN you need a credential to pass meds?What do you think about NAPNES CERTIFICATION? Is it worth it? Good idea? Any input would be appreciated ..
- 0Mar 31, '13 by JustBeachyNurse, LPNQuote from SuzieVNNot when I graduated. No one in my class had/has a NAPNES card in pharmacology to work. Not sure my employer even knows what NAPNES is. my one employer stated its a competency covered in nursing school.
When I went through PN school (3000 years ago), we had to take a NAPNES class outside of the school, and get a NAPNES 'card', or we could not pass meds upon graduation- meaning the LPN license would have been useless. Is this the same today, that as an LPN you need a credential to pass meds?
They do require additional education/credentials for LPNs to do trach/vent, IV & phlebotomy.
- 0Jun 18, '13 by ro2usaI tried for the last 2 weeks to get in touch with NAPNES for my pharmacology certification but is impossible. If you pay them you might have the chance not to get the certification because the id and pass they send you doesn't work and if you call them you get a voicemail. They never answer to any emails or phone calls. I just waisted $100 for nothing. Do it at your own risk. THey have the CASTLE phone number on their website and if you call them they give you the NAPNES phone number. It is pointless. I regret that I did that with them.