CCRN time requirement

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by CASSYANN (New) New

Specializes in ICU. Has 4 years experience.

I have been an ICU nurse only a year, and a nurse for that length of time also. I would like to get my CCRN, but the instructions say I should have 1875 hours of nursing time within the last 2 years. Having worked full time for the last year, I already have that amount of time in. Does the CCRN require that you be a nurse for 2 years? I had heard that it was only one year. Does anyone know the requirements for sure?

EricJRN, MSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 16 years experience. 1 Article; 6,672 Posts

You need the hours within the last two years (in other words, you couldn't count hours that were more than 2 yrs old), but you don't need two years experience.

KeithEMU

136 Posts

I have been an ICU nurse only a year, and a nurse for that length of time also. I would like to get my CCRN, but the instructions say I should have 1875 hours of nursing time within the last 2 years. Having worked full time for the last year, I already have that amount of time in. Does the CCRN require that you be a nurse for 2 years? I had heard that it was only one year. Does anyone know the requirements for sure?

It doesn't even have to be a year. As soon as you have 1875, you can sit for the test. This normally takes close to a year, but if you work a lot of overtime, it could be far less.

icuedu

6 Posts

Yeah we just had seven people in our unit take and pass the CCRN exam....Two of which have only been nurses for just over a year....

We had a debate at the beginning of our "CCRN drive" about the time req...and the poster who said it can even be less than a year is correct....As long as those hours (1800 or so) have been attained....You can sit for the exam...

MayisontheWay

Specializes in ICU-CVICU. 152 Posts

i have looked into taking this myself...it's 1750 hours. this is from the aacn website:

http://www.certcorp.org/certcorp/certcorp.nsf/certcorp/ccrn#initial%20ccrn%20c_0

eligibility requirements

a bsn is not required to sit for the ccrn exam.

applicants must hold current, unrestricted registered nurse licensure in the united states or any of its territories. in order to meet the rn licensure requirement for initial ccrn certification and recertification, an individual nurse's rn license must be unrestricted. this means than an rn license, issued by a state board of nursing, must not have provisions or conditions that would limit the nurse's practice in any way. it is the responsibility of the exam applicant or ccrn-certified nurse to notify the aacn certification corporation when any restriction is placed on his / her rn license.

clinical practice eligibility

critical care practice as a registered nurse is required for 1,750 hours in direct bedside care of (adult, neonatal or pediatric) acutely or critically ill patients during the 2-year period preceding date of application, with 875 of those hours accrued in the most recent year preceding application.

have a great day!

may

dfk, RN, CRNA

Specializes in Critical Care, Emergency. Has 11 years experience. 501 Posts

CCRN? piece of cake.... just know your **** !!

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