ANCC ENP Certification

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    Professional Development High
    Professional and Ethical Nursing Practice Low
    Teamwork and Collaboration High
    Quality and Safety High
    Last edit by nomadcrna on Jan 6 : Reason: double post
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    So my journey through the ANCC ENP certification ended today. All I can say is THANK GOD it is over.

    I've been doing this since August. Yes, you heard me. AUGUST.

    After weeks of no replies, lost applications and such. It finally went to review at the beginning of December.

    I had my doubts that this would be a worthwhile endeavor. I was correct.

    I was way over on credits as I did a 2 year emergency medicine program (West Virginia University Medical School). I have extensive ER experience, have a DNP, Fulfilled the community service aspect. Have way, way over the needed CEUs but alas, they did not like my exemplar. This scored me low in Professional and Ethical Nursing Practice. So basically, they did not like the 1000 words or so telling them how great I am.

    Personally, I think it is a way for the ANCC to make money. It surely does not evaluate you as a ER practitioner.

    It is a shame as this could have been a great way to help further NPs and help us specialize.

    Anyone else interested in this and want to get my take, feel free to contact me. As of now, I would not recommend doing this.
    HIGH
    LOW
    HIGH
    HIGH

    We regret to inform you that you were unsuccessful in achieving the minimum passing score on the certification.

    Minimum Scale Score to Pass the Certification: 350
    The diagnostic information shown below corresponds to the major content categories of the Portfolio Content Outline shown on ANCC's website.
    The three levels of diagnostic information are described below:

    High
    The score you obtained for this content domain is well above average; however, further review of this content domain may be helpful prior to reapplying for certification through portfolio.

    Medium
    The score you obtained for this content domain is marginally acceptable; however, further improvement in this content area is recommended prior to reapplying for certification through portfolio.

    Low
    The score you obtained for this content domain is below an acceptable level. Substantial improvement in this content domain is recommended prior to reapplying for certification through portfolio.For information about resubmission and scale score, please visit ANCC's website atwww.nursecredentialing.org. You may also call ANCC at (800) 284-2378 with any questions about resubmission.

    Scale Score
    328

    CERTIFICATION REPORT

    Professional Development HIGH High
    Professional and Ethical Nursing Practice LOW Low
    Teamwork and Collaboration HIGH High
    Quality and Safety HIGH High
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    Wow, well obviously you have plenty of ER experience and you did not pass the exam. Since you are working in the ER setting, what made you feel that the test was inadequate? To many non-clinial questions? Also, I have no plans on taking this exam. I don't even work in the ER, I do pediatric nephrology. I'm just curious.
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    It is NOT an exam but a portfolio review.
    It could be a really nice thing for the profession but I'm afraid the ivory tower people got to it.

    I would much rather take an exam.
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    You almost made it as the passing score is 350. My score was 295, low in all domains. I wonder if any ED NP's passed.
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    It is a shame. From what I hear, most are failing the exemplar portion of the portfolio review.
    they really place more emphasis on how well you write about yourself then how much ER experience or how many university emergency medicine credits or how many cues or specialized training.
    the PA s I converse with on another forum are amazed at the total idiocy of this portfolio review process. The NPs in my state that work ER have said they have no interest in this certification until it is changed. It means nothing as it is. They were incredulous when I told them the process.
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    I looked at the outline. How do you know you failed the exemplar? Everything I read say exemplar or cv or CE record, etc…
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    Not sure where you got exemplar OR cv OR CE record but that is not the way it works.
    read it again.
    i know that I failed the exemplar because I scored high on the other 3 areas and low in the exemplar section.
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    Quote from nomadcrna
    Not sure where you got exemplar OR cv OR CE record but that is not the way it works. read it again. i know that I failed the exemplar because I scored high on the other 3 areas and low in the exemplar section.
    Right here is where I got it from:

    http://www.nursecredentialing.org/EmergencyNP-PCO


    Professional and Ethical Nursing Practice

    The ENP is to provide evidence in certifications, professional development record, resume, and/or exemplar
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    You will notice that each area has the same criteria listed. I'm not sure why it says this as this is NOT how it is.
    Below is the actual ENP requirements.

    I would NOT do it again. For one thing, you don't need it to practice. The biggest issue is that is really does not do much to "validate" you as an ER NP.
    This is a total waste of money at this point.
    The Pas are doing it the right way. Proof of ER specialty hours and take a test.

    ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
    Specific eligibility for each specialty can be found on the ANCC website at
    www.nursecredentialing.org/Certification.aspx
    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS
    All applicants must complete three of the six professional development categories listed below. All applicantsare required to complete 30 continuing education hours in the specialty area within the last 3 years.Applicants may then choose the remaining two categories from the list below. Applicants may not double anyof the professional development categories to meet the eligibility requirements.
    Professional Development Categories:Required:
    • Continuing Education
    Two additional categories are required, to be selected from the following list:• Academic Credits
    • Presentations
    • Publication or Research

    • Preceptor
    • Professional Service

    Note: Please see Step 3: Professional Development Record on pages 7–12 for additional information related tothe professional development requirements.
    ACCEPTED PRACTICE HOURS
    Practice hours must be completed within the 3 years preceding your application submission.
    A minimum of 2,000 practice hours in your certification specialty area is required and can be completed eitherthrough employment or as a volunteer.
    Faculty can use hours of direct clinical supervision of students for clinical practice. The direct clinicalsupervision must be in the certification specialty area.
    For further information regarding practice hours, select a specialty on the ANCC website at:
    www.nursecredentialing.org/Certification.aspx.
    EVIDENCE REQUIRED FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION
    Completion of an ANCC portfolio includes:• Application Form
    • Resume Template with focus on specialty
    • Professional Development Record Template
    • Exemplar Template (narrative addressing criteria)• Performance Evaluation Requirement

    • Self-Evaluation Form (1)
    • Supervisor or Peer Evaluation Form (1)

    Refer to the chart on pages 4–5 for additional details about the four domains and the evaluation requirements.
    CERTIFICATION AUDIT
    ANCC conducts random audits of certification applications. If your application is selected for audit, you will berequired to submit all supporting documents. Please maintain a copy of your certification application and thesupporting certificates and other documents to satisfy any audit requests. Applicants should retain all backupdocumentation during the entire 3-year certification period.


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    4DOMAINS AND EVALUATION REQUIREMENTS
    Certification through portfolio is designed to objectively assess specialized knowledge, understanding, andapplication of professional nursing practice and theory through the review of a collective body of work presentin a nurse’s portfolio. Four domains have been established, along with performance evaluation requirements, asthe framework for the portfolio. Each nurse’s portfolio should demonstrate how his or her practice within thespecialty area encompasses each of the four domains and completes the required evaluation materials. Adetailed description of the performance evaluation requirements for each specialty can be found on the ANCCwebsite at www.nursecredentialing.org/certification.aspx#specialty.


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    FOUR DOMAINS

    DOMAIN

    CRITERIA

    ProfessionalDevelopment

    • Acquires the skills and knowledge necessary to practice in the specialty area aimedfor personal development and career advancement.
    • Participates in life-long learning and continuous professional development activitiesto maintain currency and expand knowledge.

    Professional
    and EthicalNursing Practice


    • Skillfully applies the nursing process in providing developmental-level appropriate,culturally relevant, and equitable client-centered care.
    • Demonstrates depth of knowledge in focused assessment, planning, interventions, andoutcome evaluation in area of specialty.
    • Seeks feedback from colleagues and engages on a regular basis in self and peerevaluations to determine strengths and opportunities for improvement in the context ofcareer development and continuous professional development.
    • Models behaviors that support ethical decisions and actions, particularly as related toclient rights, client advocacy, and confidentiality.
    • Continually complies with all relevant regulatory requirements, professional practicestandards, and guidelines of the employing institution, as appropriate.


    Teamwork andCollaboration

    • Provides leadership in coordinating care and works effectively in teams (as team leaderor member), using and encouraging others to use resources and informatics effectively,and evaluating innovative care options.
    • Models behaviors that support professional practice as part of the interdisciplinaryteam, such as collegiality and collaboration.
    • Applies critical thinking and open, interpersonal communication skills to work processes.
    • Communicates through writing, publications, presentations, and participation inprofessional teams and community groups.


    QualityandSafety

    • Promotes and participates in processes that are research based, evidenced based,and quality improvement oriented.
    • Uses findings of sound methods of inquiry to systematically improve the quality ofclient care, as appropriate to the role/specialty.
    • Provides client-centered care in an environment that focuses on safety for theprovider and client, reduces the risk of errors, and supports a culture of enhancingsafe practices.


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    FOUR DOMAINS • CONTINUED

    DOMAIN CRITERIA
    PERFORMANCE EVALUATION REQUIREMENT


    Self-Evaluation

    Applicants are required to submit one self-evaluation using the ANCC Self-Evaluation Form.

    Supervisor orPeerEvaluation

    Applicants are required to submit one evaluation from either a supervisor or peer usingthe ANCC Supervisor or Peer Evaluation Form.

    4APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
    All applications for certification through portfolio are submitted through an online application system. Pleasevisit www.nursecredentialing.org, select Certification, and then select your specialty. Be sure to read theeligibility criteria for how to qualify. To begin the application process, click the button that says “Apply Online”to set up your account or log on to the system. Application information can be entered and saved in thesystem, allowing the applicant to return later to complete the application. Please follow Steps 1 through 4outlined in this handbook as you complete a certification through portfolio application online.
    The review process will begin when the application, all portfolio documents, and payments are received. Thisincludes submission of the Supervisor or Peer Evaluation Form from the requested individual.
    For certifications that require submission of a transcript, please mail all official sealed transcript(s) withdegree(s) conferred directly from the university to:
    American Nurses Credentialing CenterP.O. Box 8785
    Silver Spring, MD 20907-8785

    Candidates may be required to submit supporting documentation of their RN license or a membership card toan association where a discount may be offered.
    Upon receipt of the electronic application and required fees, the applicant will receive an acknowledgement ofthe receipt of application via email. Applicants will then receive one of the following:
    • Letter requesting additional information not yet submitted• Letter stating you are not eligible for the certification
    If you have any questions, please email the Customer Care Center at certification@ana.org or call 1.800.284.2378.


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    4STEP 1: EVALUATIONS, CERTIFICATIONS
    PERFORMANCE EVALUATION REQUIREMENT
    All applicants are required to submit two evaluations using the ANCC Evaluation Forms in the onlineapplication. These evaluations are:
    • Supervisor or Peer Evaluation (1)
    • Self-Evaluation (1)

    SUPERVISOR OR PEER EVALUATION
    Applicants will select one supervisor or peer to complete an evaluation form. Applicants must submit their supervisor’sor peer’s contact information (full name, email address, and phone number) through the online application. Thesupervisor or peer selected by the applicant will receive an email notifying them to complete the evaluation form. TheSupervisor or Peer Evaluation Form will be completed online by the individual selected and submitted directly to ANCC.Applicants will not receive the completed Supervisor or Peer Evaluation Form. Please be aware that your application willnot be reviewed if the Supervisor or Peer Evaluation Form has not been completed and submitted.
    Note: Supervisor or peer evaluations will not be accepted from friends or family members.
    SELF-EVALUATION
    Applicants will complete the Self-Evaluation Form in the online application.
    CERTIFICATIONS
    This section allows applicants to display all certifications they have obtained. If the applicant holds currentANCC certification, these certifications will appear in the application when the applicant enters the onlinesystem using a current username and password.
    Applicants can also enter any certifications he or she has achieved through other certifying agencies. Informationrequested includes the name of the certification held, the certifying body that granted it, the certification number,and the certification expiration date. Applicants can also include certifications such as BLS, ACLS, and PALS.
    Note: Candidates who currently hold an ANCC certification will not receive additional credit on theircertification application. Applicants holding any certification(s) are encouraged to enter all of theircertification(s) in their portfolio as a way to demonstrate professional development.
    4STEP 2: PRACTICE HOURS, LICENSURE
    PRACTICE HOURS
    Applicants are required to answer specific questions about the certification practice-hour requirements. If thecandidate does not meet the practice-hour requirements, he or she will not be eligible for the certification.
    LICENSE INFORMATION
    Applicants are required to submit their RN license information. Candidates may be required to submitsupporting documentation of their RN license if online search results are not available.
    STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING
    All applications have a Statement of Understanding that must be read and agreed to by the applicant.
    TRANSCRIPT (IF REQUIRED FOR THE SPECIALTY)
    For certification specialties that require submission of a transcript, please mail all official sealed transcript(s)with degree(s) conferred directly from the university to:
    American Nurses Credentialing CenterP.O. Box 8785
    Silver Spring, MD 20907-8785

    Please check www.nursecredentialing.org/certification.aspx for the most up-to-date information and standardsfor your certification specialty.


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    4STEP 3: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECORD
    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECORD
    Professional development activities for the certification should showcase your work within your specialty areaand must be documented on the Professional Development Record in the online application. ANCC has sixprofessional development categories:
    1. Continuing Education (required)2. Academic Credits
    3. Presentations
    4. Publication or Research

    5. Preceptor
    6. Professional Service

    REQUIREMENTS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
    All applicants must complete three of the six professional development categories as part of the eligibilitycriteria for the program. Each professional development category has a minimum requirement to meet theeligibility criteria, which are outlined in the sections to follow. The eligibility criteria require all applicants tocomplete 30 continuing education hours in the specialty area within the last 3 years. Applicants then maychoose the remaining two categories from the list above. Applicants may not double any of the professionaldevelopment categories to meet the eligibility criteria.
    ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
    The first domain of the portfolio focuses on professional development. The Professional Development Record inthe online application will be used to evaluate the criteria within the first domain found on page 4. Applicantsmust select and complete three professional development categories, including continuing education hours,required as eligibility criteria. Once those categories have been fulfilled, applicants should complete allremaining sections of the Professional Development Record in the online application with any professionaldevelopment activities above and beyond what is required for eligibility criteria. If a candidate has moreprofessional development activities within his or her specialty area for a category selected for eligibility criteria,the applicant should enter the additional activities into the Professional Development Record in the onlineapplication. Additional professional development activities within your specialty area that are applicable to eachof the six categories should be included in your portfolio. These additional professional development activitiesdo not have to be within the past 3 years; however, they should be inclusive of your specialty practice. TheProfessional Development Record is scored by the team of appraisers through the peer-review process and canaffect the overall scoring of the applicant’s portfolio.
    Additional Information: Do not include backup documentation (for example, photocopies of continuingeducation certificates) with the application. Any backup documentation submitted will be discarded.
    CATEGORY 1: CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS

    1. All applicants are required to complete a minimum of 30 continuing education hours that must be formallyapproved contact hours and directly relate to the certification specialty. These 30 contact hours must becompleted within the 3 years preceding the submission of the application. Additional continuing educationhours, above the required 30 contact hours, that directly relate to the certification specialty should beincluded.
    2. Formally approved continuing education hours meet one or more of the criteria listed below:
      1. Continuing nursing education (CNE) approved for nursing contact hours by an accredited provider orapprover of nursing continuing education
      2. Continuing medical education (CME) approved for CME hours
      3. Sponsoredbyorganizations,agencies,oreducationalins titutionsaccreditedorapprovedbytheAmericanNurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or the Commission on Dietetic Registration




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    d. Provided by one of these accepted agencies:American Nurses Association
    American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM)American Psychiatric Association (APA)

    American Psychological Association (APA)
    American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)
    Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)
    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH)National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners (NAPNAP)


    1. Independent study and/or e-learning approved for continuing education hours by one of the acceptedcontinuing education providers may be used for 100% of the required continuing education hours (e.g.independent study programs, online courses, articles from professional journals).
    2. Other healthcare disciplines’ continuing education hours applicable to your specialty (e.g., dietitian,medicine, social work, counselor, or physical therapist) are acceptable.
    3. Repeat courses are not accepted for a certification application. You may claim credit for a specific courseonly once, even if you took that course multiple times during the last 3 years.
    4. The hours achieved from academic course work that is applicable to your specialty can be converted tocontact hours. See Professional Development Category 2 for accepted academic course work.
    5. As needed, you can use these formulas to convert continuing education credit/academic hours:
      1 contact hour = 1 CME or 0.1 CEU or 60 minutes1 academic semester credit = 15 contact hours
      1 CEU = 10 contact hours
      1 academic quarter credit = 12.5 contact hours

    Documentation: Complete the continuing education hours section of the Professional Development Record inthe online application to document the courses attended and the hours obtained. If the course title(s) does notreflect the content, you must provide a brief description of the content. Do not submit certificates in lieu ofcompleting the form, because these are not acceptable and will delay the evaluation of your application.
    Audit: If your record is audited, you will be required to submit supporting documents such as a copy of thecompletion certificate(s) showing the dates, title, number of contact hours, sponsoring organization, etc. In addition,you may be required to provide evidence of the applicability of the course to your certification specialty.
    CATEGORY 2: ACADEMIC CREDITS

    1. Complete three semester credits or four quarter credits of academic courses in your certification specialty.Additional academic credits related to the specialty should be included.
    2. If you do not have enough credits to complete this category, you may convert those credits to contact hoursand report them under Category 1.
      1 semester credit = 15 contact hours1 quarter credit = 12.5 contact hours
    3. Repeat courses are not accepted for a certification application. You may claim credit for a specific courseonly once, even if you took that course multiple times during the last 3 years.



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    1. Courses taken toward degree completion or academic independent study courses are accepted if applicableto the specialty. Examples include:
      Adult education principles,
      Anatomy,
      Health/physical assessment,
      Nursing management/administration,Nursing research,
      Pathophysiology,
      Physiology,
      Pharmacology,
      Sign language and/or medical terminology for healthcare providers, andForeign language and/or medical terminology for healthcare providers.
    2. Academic credit received for a thesis or dissertation related to your specialty is acceptable. (If you use yourthesis or dissertation credits to meet Professional Development Category 2, then you cannot use the samethesis or dissertation credits to meet Professional Development Category 4.)
    3. Examples of courses that are generally not accepted for Professional Development Category 2: auditedcourse, art, chemistry, physics, foreign languages, history, math, music, public speaking.

    Documentation: Complete the academic course section of the Professional Development Record in the onlineapplication to document the courses attended and the academic credits received. If the course title(s) does notreflect the content, you must provide a brief description of the content. Do not submit transcripts in lieu ofcompleting the form, because these are not acceptable and will delay the evaluation of your application.
    Audit: If your record is audited, you will be required to submit supporting documents such as a transcript(s)showing the number of academic credits, sponsoring organization, etc. In addition, you may be required toprovide evidence of the applicability of the course content to your certification specialty.
    CATEGORY 3: PRESENTATIONS
    Three different educational presentations in your certification specialty that fulfill these criteria:

    1. You are the primary presenter of a first-time presentation;
    2. The presentation times add up to at least 3 clock hours; and
    3. The presentations are delivered:

    a. In a structured teaching/learning framework to nurses, other healthcare providers, or the public as part ofconferences, grand rounds, in-services, seminars, CD-ROM content, internet-based or other e-learningformats, teleconferences, patient/family teaching, or public education; or
    a. Poster presentations presented at a conference, an outside organization, or within your organization. Aposter presentation counts as one clock hour.
    4. At least one of the presentations must be peer-reviewed.
    Additional educational presentations that fulfill the criteria above and directly relate to the certificationspecialty should be included.
    Do not submit the following types of presentations, as they are not accepted for your certification application:repeat presentations of the same material or modifications of the same material, or presentations where youserved as a panel moderator.
    Documentation: Complete the presentation section of the Professional Development Record in the online application.
    Audit: If your record is audited, you will be required to submit supporting documents such as a copy of thepresentation outline, abstract, letter accepting your abstract, or letter inviting you to speak, as well as evidencethat you actually presented the topic (e.g., thank-you letter on official letterhead). Applicants must maintainsupporting documentation for the entire 3-year certification cycle.


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    CATEGORY 4: PUBLICATION OR RESEARCH
    To meet Category 4, applicants must select one of the four publication categories OR one of the fourresearch categories listed below. Additional publications or research that directly relate to the specialtyshould be included.
    PUBLICATION
    1. One (1) article published in a peer-reviewed journal, or a book chapter related to your certification specialty.You must be the author, co-author, editor, co-editor, or the reviewer.
    Documentation: Complete the publication section of the Professional Development Record in the online application.Audit: If your record is audited, you will be required to submit supporting documents to include

    • A copy of the table of contents and a copy of the entire article or chapter, journal name with the date,and your name;
    • If you are the editor, then a copy of the page from the journal identifying you as the editor or a letterfrom the publisher stating you are the editor; and
    • If you are the peer reviewer, then a letter from the publisher stating you reviewed the article and thedate this occurred.
      OR
      2. Three (3) different articles related to your certification specialty published in a non-peer-reviewed journaland/or newsletter.
      Documentation: Complete the publication section of the Professional Development Record in the online application.
      Audit: If your record is audited, you will be required to submit the following information:
      • Detailed outline of the content
      • Copies of the non-peer-reviewed journal or newsletter articles that clearly state you are theprimary author
      • Letters from the publishers stating you are the primary author
        OR
        3. Primary author of content related to your certification specialty utilized in e-learning and/or other mediapresentation.
        Documentation: Complete the publication section of the Professional Development Record in the online application.
        Audit: If your record is audited, you will be required to submit the following information:
        • Detailed outline of the content
        • Copy of the e-learning that clearly states you are the primary author
        • Letter from the publisher stating you are the primary author
          OR
          4. Primary grant writer for a federal, state, or national organization project, and grant writing is not a primarycomponent of your employment responsibilities. The purpose of the grant must be related to yourcertification specialty.
          Documentation: Complete the publication section of the Professional Development Record in the online application.Audit: If your record is audited, you will be required to submit a copy of the grant summary abstract and the
          letter from the grant sponsor acknowledging receipt of your grant application.





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    RESEARCH
    1. An institutional review board (IRB) research project related to your certification specialty, completed duringthe last 3 years, for which you are clearly identified as one of the primary researchers.
    Documentation: Complete the research section of the Professional Development Record in the online application.
    Audit: If your record is audited, you will be required to submit supporting documents such as a copy of the IRBapproval letter or IRB letter of exemption and a one-page abstract, no more than 250 words, describing theresearch study and findings and the period when the research was conducted.
    OR
    2. A completed dissertation, thesis, or graduate-level scholarly project related to your certification specialty.Documentation: Complete the research section of the Professional Development Record in the online application.
    Audit: If your record is audited, you will be required to submit supporting documents such as the dissertation,thesis, or scholarly project approval letter and a one-page abstract of no more than 250 words that describes yourdissertation, thesis, or scholarly project findings and the time period during which the dissertation, thesis, orscholarly projected was conducted. Note: The academic hours, awarded for your dissertation, thesis, or scholarlyproject used to meet Category 4 requirements cannot be used to meet Professional Development Category 1 or 2.
    OR
    3. Serve as a content reviewer on an IRB, dissertation, thesis, or scholarly project related to your certificationspecialty that is not a component of your employment duties.
    Documentation: Complete the research section of the Professional Development Record in the online application.Audit: If your record is audited, you will be required to submit supporting documents from the organization
    describing this work and the dates you served as the reviewer (e.g., letter on official letter head).
    OR
    4. Serve as a content expert reviewer of other activities related to your certification specialty and not as a partof your employment duties (such as software, e-learning, etc.). Serving as a product reviewer for yourorganization is not acceptable.
    Documentation: Complete the research section of the Professional Development Record in the online application.Audit: If your record is audited, you will be required to submit documentation from the publisher and/or
    organization describing the work and the dates you served as the reviewer (e.g., letter on official letterhead).
    CATEGORY 5: PRECEPTOR
    Complete a minimum of 72 hours as a preceptor in which you provided direct clinical supervision/teaching tostudents in an academic program or formal registered nurse refresher or internship program that is related toyour certification specialty,
    OR
    provide a minimum of 72 hours of clinical supervision related to your specialty to registered nurses in a formalregistered nurse refresher or internship program that relates to your certification specialty.
    For either option above, the following rules apply:
    1. Preceptor hours cannot be counted toward your certification practice hour requirement.

    2. Faculty may not utilize this category for clinical supervision of students in their educational program.Additional preceptor hours in the categories above that directly relate to the specialty should be included.
    Documentation: Complete the preceptor section of the Professional Development Record in the online application.
    Audit: If your record is audited, you will be required to submit the completed Preceptorship DocumentationForm showing the hours, objectives, outcomes, and location of the preceptorship, signed by the institutionresponsible for the person being precepted. In addition, you will be required to submit a detailed writtendescription of how serving as a preceptor aided you in learning new knowledge in your certification specialtyand imparting that information to the person being precepted.


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    CATEGORY 6: PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
    Complete 2 or more years of volunteer service within the past 3 years with an international, national, state, or localhealth care–related organization in which your certification specialty expertise is required. Accepted volunteeractivities include serving on boards of directors, committees, editorial boards, review boards, and task forces.
    Additional years of volunteer service outside of the past 3 years in which your certification specialty expertise isrequired should be included.
    Documentation: Complete the professional service section of the Professional Development Record in theonline application.


    Audit: If your record is audited, you must submit the official description of your volunteer duties and a detailedtypewritten description of 500 words or less, describing the impact of this service on your ability to obtain newknowledge in your certification specialty. In addition, you will be required to provide supporting documentationof your volunteer service (e.g., copy of the official letter or other documents from the organization attesting toyour service and the dates of the service).


    4STEP 4: EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER INFORMATION


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    This section of the application is optional. Providing the information is strictly voluntary, and it will be used forstatistical purposes only.
    CAREER INFORMATION
    RESUME
    Applicants are required to complete the Resume Template in the online application. Resumes should focus onthe applicant’s practice in the specialty area.
    EDUCATION
    Applicants should include all of their educational preparation. Be sure to include any graduate work as wellas basic nursing education related to the certification specialty.
    EMPLOYMENT
    Applicants should list the three positions held most recently. If you have held only one or two positions,please include only those professional experiences.
    ACCOMPLISHMENTS
    The resume must also include a description of any activities or accomplishments relevant to the certificationspecialty that are not included in other sections of the Resume or the Professional Development Record describedin Step 3. Examples of activities or accomplishments to include may be attendance at a national or regionalconference, awards, honors, promotions, commendations, coaching, mentoring, policy or legislative development,case analysis, participation in media or software development, improvement or implementation, technicalassistance, or other communities of practice (such as journal clubs or participation in professional organizations).
    Only activities that have been accomplished should be included. In-progress activities or in-presspublications will not be accepted.
    EXEMPLAR
    The applicant’s narrative provides evidence of innovation and excellence in his or her specialty practice arearelated to the four domains. Narratives must relate to the client population for the certification specialty area.Applicants should provide specific aspects of their practice to describe the criteria listed in the domains below.The exemplar should incorporate aspects of reflective practice in the exemplar that highlights areas of theirpractice as it relates to the domains. A detailed description of the performance evaluation requirements foreach specialty can be found on the ANCC website at www.nursecredentialing.org/certification.aspx#specialty.
    Applicants must include evidence of all of the criteria for the Professional and Ethical Nursing Practice, TeamWork and Collaboration, and Quality and Safety domains listed below. The applicant can include additionalinformation to enhance the Professional Development domain; however, it is not required in the narrative.Applicants must use the Exemplar Template in the online application.
    Note: The exemplar narrative cannot exceed 8,000 characters (approximately 1,250 words).


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    DOMAIN


    CRITERIA


    Professionaland EthicalNursingPractice



    • Skillfully applies the nursing process in providing developmental-level appropriate,culturally relevant, and equitable client-centered care.
    • Demonstrates depth of knowledge in focused assessment, planning, interventions,and outcome evaluation in area of specialty.
    • Seeks feedback from colleagues and engages on a regular basis in self and peerevaluations to determine strengths and opportunities for improvement in the contextof career development and continuous professional development.
    • Models behaviors that support ethical decisions and actions, particularly as related toclient rights, client advocacy, and confidentiality.
    • Continually complies with all relevant regulatory requirements, professional practicestandards, and guidelines of the employing institution, as appropriate.



    Team WorkandCollaboration



    • Provides leadership in coordinating care and works effectively in teams (as teamleader or member), using and encouraging others to use resources and informaticseffectively, and evaluating innovative care options.
    • Models behaviors that support professional practice as part of the interdisciplinaryteam, such as collegiality and collaboration.
    • Applies critical thinking and open, interpersonal communication skills to workprocesses.
    • Communicates through writing, publications, presentations, and participation inprofessional teams and community groups.



    QualityandSafety



    • Promotes and participates in processes that are research based, evidenced based,and quality improvement oriented.
    • Uses findings of sound methods of inquiry to systematically improve the quality ofclient care, as appropriate to the role/specialty.
    • Provides client-centered care in an environment that focuses on safety for theprovider and client, reduces the risk of errors, and supports a culture of enhancingsafe practices.


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