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    Hello! I did the NIH stroke scale test online at my.americanheart.org ang passed it. It said it's good for 24months.. does that technically make me "stroke certified"??or is there another stroke certification out there? I'm just wondering how I could include this in my resume. Any input will be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Quote from gwapo
    Hello! I did the NIH stroke scale test online at my.americanheart.org ang passed it. It said it's good for 24months.. does that technically make me "stroke certified"??or is there another stroke certification out there? I'm just wondering how I could include this in my resume. Any input will be appreciated. Thanks.
    Hello,

    No, you are not certified.

    You completed an examination online and received a certificate of completion. But, you can add this to your resume, yes.
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    thanks. so what do you need to do to be "stroke certified" then?
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    Yeah I would not say that you are stroke certified - that test is just so you have competence when you perform NIH stroke scale on a patient during admission, discharge etc. And on my resume I would say it like that "NIH stroke certification" under like skills or something. If I am understanding you correctly, there is no way to technically be stroke certified besides experience or AANA - American Board of Neuroscience Nursing where you can add creditals after experience and qualifications are met.
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    No not certified. There are certifications for neuro nurses, etc, and perhaps for stroke in general.
    For those check out AANN website: http://www.aann.org/
    You need work experience in the field to get these certifications (and pretty much any major certifications in nursing that allow you to put fancy letter after your RN designation), including wound care.

    This is a "certificate" to prove that you took the NIH Stroke Scale (how to do an in-depth stroke assessment) course. Nobody without this certificate should be doing these assessments, so technically it could be considered a type of certification.

    You can get up to 18.0 CE units for this course:

    "Continuing Education Accreditation - Nurses

    The American Heart Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
    The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 18.00 contact hours"


    Online Stroke Treatment courses through AHA:
    If you are interested in Stroke courses (Prehospital and Hospital Stroke Treatment and Management) through AHA Online, it's a different website: www.AHAonline.org
    And that's where you can find the hybrid BLS ACLS and PALS classes (only a portion of the book learning stuff can be done online, you still have to go in for some classroom and skills work- spread the word that these courses are a GREAT way to learn the basics and NOT a shortcut to learning- many people are under the impression that this is a shortcut around learning in the classroom- personally I learn way more this way because I arrive at the classroom with the basics hammered down tight. )

    I took the stroke courses here, they provide CE units for the Stroke Hospital Care course. This is stuff you learn in ACLS but they go a little deeper and it is good reinforcement. These courses are going to focus on the initial Cincinatti stroke scale/FAST, ER role, assessment and treatment, thrombolytic therapies (rtPA), WHEN to do your NIH scales etc.

    Other CE courses can be found all over the internet on stroke and neuro-related topics such as TIA, etc.

    Hope this serves as a very comprehensive answer to your question.
    Last edit by mmm333 on Oct 14, '12
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    Quote from gwapo
    Hello! I did the NIH stroke scale test online at my.americanheart.org ang passed it. It said it's good for 24months.. does that technically make me "stroke certified"??or is there another stroke certification out there? I'm just wondering how I could include this in my resume. Any input will be appreciated. Thanks.
    The American Board of Neuroscience Nurses has now developed a certification in Stroke Nursing. The CSRN examination will be available in May of 2013 and information is available at www.aann.org.
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    Our stroke association is looking into this also. This is from the American Board of Neuroscience Nurses: SCRN Test Dates and Deadlines

    The SCRN Examination will be offered in computer-based testing (CBT) format during two examination windows, May and September.
    Applications must be received (not postmarked) at the ABNN office by the below deadlines.
    Exam Administration Registration Deadline
    May 1-31, 2013 March 31, 2013
    September 1–30, 2013 July 19, 2013
    Access the Candidate Handbook and Application for more information. If you are an AANN member or a CNRN, do NOT create a new log-in to apply. Please call customer service at the number below if you do not have you password.
    The CBT exam is administered by Iso-Quality Testing. Iso-Quality testing offers more than 200 locations around the United States and internationally. View a list of all CBT locations. Each testing center's schedule varies based on availability, so if you have a question about a specific location, contact Iso-Quality Testing at 866.773.1114.


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