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CCRN vs RNC

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by NICU Mama NICU Mama (Member) Member

NICU Mama specializes in NICU.

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One recommendation to me this year during my evaluation was to become certified in either CCRN or RNC. In your opinion, is one better than the other, and if so, why? Thanks for your input.

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NICU Mama specializes in NICU.

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CCRN has certification for adult, pediatric, and neonatal critical care nurses. You can go to the web site: www.certcorp.org for more info. I know the cost of the exams are similar and to maintain certifications with CEU's, more are required for CCRN. I just don't know which one I should take.

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BittyBabyGrower is a MSN, RN and specializes in NICU, PICU, educator.

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RNC is better recognized for neonatal population. You have to earn 45 per year for the RNC. About 1/2 of our unit is RNC.

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NICU Mama specializes in NICU.

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Thank's for the input. I think I'll take the RNC exam. Our facility just recently became approved to be a test taking site, so that makes it more convenient also. Now I have to get studying!!!

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NICU Mama specializes in NICU.

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Registered Nurse Certified. The certification is through NCC (the national certification Corporation) after a registered nurse takes and passes the exam. NCC currently offers exams in:

Inpatient Obstretric Nursing

Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing

Low Risk Neonatal Nursing

Maternal Newborn Nursing

Telephone Nursing Practice

In order to take an exam, you have to have a current RN licensure in the US or Canada and have documentation of 24 months of experience comprised of at least 2000 hourse of practice time in one of the above specialties.

NCC is nationally recognized for certification.

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ScammRNC has 21 years experience and specializes in Level 3 NICU 17 yrs, Neo transport 13 yr.

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I believe the RNC is more widely seen in the neonatal population though we do have 2 nurses that got their CCRN, mainly because they did not meet all the requirements for experience in order to apply for the RNC.

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