ANCC to retire most popular, and eventually all, NP roles. - page 7

by RPF,PhD,NP 30,864 Views | 74 Comments

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


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    Quote from CCRNDiva
    Also, it frustrating to see how they are treating you and your colleagues. I think they should be able to tell you what needs to be done for you to obtain the new certification. I also resent the implication that your current level of education is inadequate. How do we know that they won't change the game again 10 yrs from now?
    I think the nurse practitioner profession is still evolving. To me, it is a role in transition caught between a strong desire for respect as a true provider of traditional medical therapy yet struggling to form an identity separate from the field of medicine. Our powers that be seem to be more focused on the latter. Our leaders have their priorities wrong. They realize the need to produce a competent practitioner but seem to be going about it in ways that are counter-productive to real-world expectations. But we're here and in many places, are respected as legitimate members of the healthcare team and I think that's what counts. Our leaders should be thankful to the many NP's on the field who have shaped public and peer opinions of our competence.

    As far as ANCC goes, this is not the first time they did something to screw us NP's and students. In 2003, ANCC stopped offering the ACNP certification exam for 6 months beginning in September 2003. The test was getting an overhaul and was not to be offered until March 2004. My ACNP program had rolling admissions and we have graduates coming out at each semester's end. Naturally, the August and December grads (like myself) were very upset. Granted we only had 4-5 students graduate each semester at a time but talk about not being able to take your boards til March next year! Our PA counterparts were taking their boards within weeks of graduation. Students with jobs lined up were up in arms. But ANCC didn't care and went along with their plan to suspend the exam. We are at their mercy unfortunately.
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    Juan, that must have been very frustrating. I agree with your statement entirely. I've said it before and I'll say it again: sometimes I feel "the powers that be" act like a bunch of 2 yr olds kicking and screaming in the middle of the room, "Look at me, I'm a profession!!" We get it. I wish they would stop trying to invent problems when there are valid issues regarding nursing education that should be addressed. How about standardizing nursing education (instead of offering vague statements and requirements) and streamlining certification (like one certifying body for advanced practice nurses) I fear that many of us will be caught in this crossfire and who knows when it will be ironed out.

    I'm going to email my program director tomorrow. I suspect that they are just as much in the dark as the rest of us, since they have neglected to address this issue with us thus far. I will keep you all posted.
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    It amazes me that many of the posts indicate a "just deal with it' attitude. No wonder the credentialing boards and those involved in the consensus model make changes so easily. It's a crying shame...it really is.
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    Quote from mona b RN
    It amazes me that many of the posts indicate a "just deal with it' attitude. No wonder the credentialing boards and those involved in the consensus model make changes so easily. It's a crying shame...it really is.
    What are you proposing NP's should do?

    Speaking for myself, I've been in nursing for 20 years and the politics in the nursing profession is not really any different from the other healthcare professions. I would say though that our profession is more fragmented in more ways than one compared to the other healthcare fields. The infighting never ends.

    As a practicing nurse practitioner for 8 years, my concern is to keep my job by maintaining my NP credentials and remaining up to date in my knowledge and skills. AACN or ANCC are necessary evils for me as an ACNP. My state does not require national certification but the Medical Affairs Board at my institution require all nurse practitioners to carry active national certification in our respective NP fields.

    At the end of the day, if I can keep the certification worries at bay, I am a happy nurse practitioner in my little corner of critical care.
    Last edit by juan de la cruz on Mar 28, '12
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    **Just to give you guys an update**

    I spoke with my program director and she said that they have revamped their program to include the appropriate gerontology content so we should be able to sit for the new exam. I don't know how the certifying bodies will know this as none of the class titles have changed, though. She said they are in the process of renaming the program to reflect the content changes.

    Nevertheless, I've decided to drop to part-time in the summer so I will end up graduating in 2014. One of my classes for this semester was cancelled so I would have had pick it up next spring, making my last semester a complete hell if I would have stayed on as full time.
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    Please forgive me if this information has already been disclosed on this thread. I have not been able to find it here or on the ANCC website.

    Does anyone know the absolute last date when the ANP and GNP exams will be offered by ANCC? I e-mailed ANCC several weeks ago and have not gotten a reply.

    A while back, I laid down my NP practice to raise our children and intentionally allowed both certifications to lapse. I am now ready to pick things up again, which would include re-taking the ANP and GNP exams to re-certify. I am pursuing our state's comprehensive NP refresher program, but the upcoming retirement of my NP certification exams is causing me angst.

    Thank you.
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    To my knowledge, an exact date has not been provided.

    By the way, I had a chance to talk with some of my classmates during class last week and I was surprised to find that no one else was aware of the certification changes or the Consensus Model. I am truly disappointed that none of our educators or program directors are addressing this with us. I only obtained information about it after directly emailing my program director. Of course, nothing is in writing or formally provided. These schools should be discussing these changes with us. This is very frustrating.
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    ANCC does not have an exact date as to when the last ANP-BC, ACNP-BC, and GNP-BC exams are to be offered other than saying that the eaxms won't be offered after 2104. AACN, however, stated that the last ACNPC exam will be offered on December 31, 2014.

    All ANCC and AACN certified NP's received a letter regarding these changes so there's no excuse for faculty members who are practicing NP's to not know about it. It's just sad that such a major shake down is happening and no game plan is in place and it's creating so much frustration from everyone affected.

    It sounds like we can all blame ABNS (American Board of Nursing Specialties) for not allowing the grandfathering of previously certified nurses to the new credentialing letters. This group accredits our nursing specialty boards (such as ANCC and AACN). They're the ones that allowed the creation of this alphabet soup of nursing letters (CEN, CCRN, CNOR, CRRN, etc).

    I also wish we could just follow the physician's way of licensure where they start with the MD or DO title and board certification after residency and fellowship is not even included in the letters after their name. They don't worry about such nonesense in their practice.
    Last edit by juan de la cruz on Apr 14, '12
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    Could not have said it better Reeya!
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    I will be starting an Acute Care NP program in the fall at MGH, and they sent an email out to us earlier this year saying the curriculum would be changing. They also informed us that our new specialty will be Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP. It makes me feel better that the program seems to be on top of the new changes, as I didn't really understand the details regarding the consensus model until reading the posts here.
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