ANCC to retire most popular, and eventually all, NP roles. - page 2

I just received an official notice from ANCC that my credential will be “retired.” My credential is “Adult Nurse Practitioner,” but other credentials on the chopping block are ACNP, Adult and Child PMHNP and CNS, and GNP and CNS.... Read More

  1. 0
    This streamlining seems like a good idea but some of it makes no sense to me. I wa actually considering getting a post NP psych certificate in adult psych and now I am learning this isnt going to be part of the future? WIll all schools be revamping thier curriculum???

    Get the hottest topics every week!

    Subscribe to our free Nursing Insights newsletter.

  2. 5
    I have to admit that this is one of my pet peeves with nursing. The powers that be make things so much more difficult than it needs to be. There are so many other issues that should garner attention now but they would rather focus on the most trivial things. Several schools have issued moratoriums for admissions to their programs and current students like me have to be worried that we may not meet this new fangled criteria for certification.

    Juan, I agree with you. How in the world do they think an ACNP could be trained in the management of acutely ill adults without a geriatric component when most hospitalized patients are elderly?
    LubbockNP, Purple_Scrubs, Jarnaes, and 2 others like this.
  3. 3
    thank you for the opportunity to respond to your questions.

    the consensus model for aprn regulation: licensure, accreditation, certification & education (aprn consensus model) is a uniform model of regulation for the future of advanced practice nursing that is designed to align the interrelationships among licensure, accreditation, certification, and education (lace). the consensus model is the product of a collaborative effort among more than 40 nursing organizations that have an interest in making aprn practice more uniform. a complete list of all the organizations that took part is found on pages 3040 of the aprn consensus model document

    changes are being made to the ancc certification exams in response to the aprn consensus model. current certifications will remain in place for as long as you renew by meeting the requirements on the renewal application at the time of your renewal.

    as implementation of the new aprn consensus model progresses, ancc has initiated plans to retire specific certification programs and develop certifications to more closely reflect the roles and populations required by the model regulations.

    to prepare for the aprn consensus model implementation in 2015, ancc will be creating certification examinations to meet the role and/or population foci requirements of the model regulations. planning for these certifications is under way, and we are pleased to announce the launch of new certifications for:
    adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (expected 2013)
    adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (expected 2013)
    adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist (expected 2014)

    retired exams will no longer be available after the date indicated below, and no new nurses will be able to become certified in these areas. if your certification is retired, you must renew your credentials using professional development activities and clinical practice hours. each time you renew, you will retain your current credentials. ancc will provide advance notice of retiring exams and information on the impact of required changes on aprns. during this transition process, it is crucial for aprns to keep their certifications current and stay in touch with ancc and their regulatory board for more information as it becomes available. if your certification lapses, you may not be able to renew your existing certification or your license to practice.

    in 2014, ancc will retire the certifications for:
    acute care nurse practitioner
    adult nurse practitioner
    gerontological nurse practitioner
    adult health clinical nurse specialist
    gerontological clinical nurse specialist

    certified nurses in the above specialties will be able to keep their certifications and renew by using professional development activities and clinical practice hours to meet the requirements on the renewal application.

    for more details on the aprn consensus model implementation and what it means for you, please see the frequently asked questions on the ancc web site at: if you have questions related to your specific situation, please contact ancc for additional assistance at 1.800.924.4194 and

    we are here to answer your questions, and to guide you through the process and transition. thank you.

    ancc certification department via anita wiler, ancc marketing
    NRSKarenRN, sirI, and traumaRUs like this.
  4. 7
    Quote from awiler
    current certifications will remain in place for as long as you renew by meeting the requirements on the renewal application at the time of your renewal.
    yeah, yeah, yeah -- i get the letters saying that, too. all that means to me is that the ancc is happy to keep taking my money (recertification fees) while showing complete disregard for my education, skills, and experience.
    Tinabeanrn, mystory, SE_BSN_RN, and 4 others like this.
  5. 2

    Thanks for responding. The question that is being raised here (at least in the case of ANP's and Adult ACNP's and our Adult CNS counterparts) is why grandfathering was never considered when the new titles AGNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, and AGCNS-BC are implemented. My understanding was the Consensus Model streamlined the Adult APN specialties because it is a no-brainer that these particular specialties have always incorporated training to include management of a population that include those in the adult age range and up (which would include the elderly). Traditionally, ANP's and ACNP's have cared for elderly cleints and to my knowledge, there has been no restrictions on our scope of practice in any state of jurisdiction in terms of managing this population in the past.
    Last edit by juan de la cruz on Dec 7, '11
    Jarnaes and CCRNDiva like this.
  6. 4
    Sorry, to me this is just another reason to go to PA school and not NP school.
    CCL RN, Jarnaes, Purple_Scrubs, and 1 other like this.
  7. 5
    I too received the "letter" as I'm an adult CNS.

    My education (I graduated in 2006) included adult chronic, adult acute and adult geriatric.

    They are listed as such on my transcripts. So, since going back to school yet again (I'm also a peds CNS) is not an option, its just frustrating to know that we are now considered second rate.
    Tinabeanrn, hoosier guy, Jarnaes, and 2 others like this.
  8. 0
    Rich2008 - you should wait until the PMHNP programs are streamlined. There will be only one PMHNP. Just like I thought, in agreement with Juan, there would be a streamlined Adult NP credential. Never did I imagine ANCC would retire the test - not the credential.
  9. 1
    I have some news to report! No, your NP credential is still being moved towards irrelevance. However, I did speak with a high level executive from “big name brand credentialing board” last night. This executive was very pleasant, extremely helpful, answered all my questions, and does his or her job very well. I did appreciate and value the call. The summary highlights are, the train has left the station, the exam is being retired NOT the credential (huh!?), never allow your certification to expire, let’s hold hands. Kumbaya.

    I believe - in fact - I KNOW in my heart that ANCC and the other Nurse Gods have the best intentions in their actions. NOTE: I mean no disrespect by the term Nurse Gods, but there are so many groups involved in this, that’s the best term I have. However, as you might suspect, I have some concerns.

    In most states, a NP’s certification is a de facto license. No certification, no practice, no livelihood. Of course, the legislature and state boards of nursing have agreed (so I’ve been assured) to grandfather all retired NP credentials - today. What happens tomorrow, or in five years? Seriously! This is the same legislation that has not agreed upon a national budget in years, and actively writes discriminatory, homophobic, and xenophobic language into state constitutions (some exclusions apply). This is also the same legislation that allows NPs to practice to their full scope and ability (Washington), while others will not allow NPs to freeze a wart (Alabama). So, people can buy wart-freeze OTC, but in the eyes of the state legislature, NPs are not competent enough to provide this treatment. Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, I feel so much better.

    Of course, ANCC is not offering any bridge for an NP with a retired credentialed to move into the new and improved credential. No, too many NP programs have not been up to snuff, or at least, it is too difficult or impossible to isolate those slacker programs. The solution is this bright line that must be drawn in the sand, and all those behind it, retired; all those in front of it, magically and angelically competent enough to receive this new credential. Where are these rogue NP programs slinging out disparate degrees? And have our credentialing bodies been asleep at the wheel? A lot of really smart people worked together over a decade, and this was the best solution they could come up with. And these are the same people we are supposed to trust will have our best interest in mind going forward.

    Now, for all those inadequately prepared NPs currently in practice, clearly public safety is not the issue. Because, if that were the issue, then we – you - us would be required to seek specific continuing education to fill in our perceived knowledge gap. However, if anyone wishes to go to their local graduate program where faculty will happily perform a gap analysis to evaluate your deficiency. Then, the school will allow you to apply to their program, register for appropriate course work, and graciously accept your tuition. This all assumes you have access to a program, that you are accepted, and that there is adequate faculty and mentors to educate you. Now, I’ve read we are facing a dire faculty shortage, yet these new requirement seem to only place additional pressure on resources that are already scarce. I fail to see the logic in that. Especially since this education could be done via alternate methods. Is this about safety, or is this about hand greasing to keep graduate programs flush in cash? Seems we can’t force the BSN as entry to practice, so APNs have become the latest whipping boy.

    I have nothing against education. That is not the issue. The issue is changing the rules to obtain credentialing without a bridging option. I was told by the Nurse Gods that for those NPs who were required to return to class that they were always appreciative of their learning experience. Of course! I love learning! I gain nuggets of knowledge while reading subjects where I am considered an expert. No one is disparaging education. This is not about education or degree programs. I firmly believe the more educated our profession becomes, the better our profession will be. However, sometimes we (as a profession) need to demand our own bright line in the sand when it comes to graduate education. At some point, this feels like a hamster chasing a carrot on a treadmill. I hope you will unite with me on facebook to protest this move, united. The group is occupy ancc, so no to retiring your NP credential
    kanzi monkey likes this.
  10. 2
    BTW, my protest to these changes were deleted from another website, along with my membership to a certain credentialing body's group. I guess if you don't tote the line, you're eliminated. Oops.
    on eagles wings and mystory like this.

Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and Create Job Alerts, Manage Your Resume, and Apply for Jobs.

A Big Thank You To Our Sponsors