I worked in a medical ICU for two years and just switched to PACU a couple months ago. Am I still able to sit for the CCRN exam even though I no longer care for critical patients on a regular basis? My plan is to eventually apply for the CRNA program.
Yes, You are still eligible. The AACN no longer requires critical care experience, rather the requirement is for practice as an RN or APRN in direct care of acutely/critically ill patients. They do have a minimum practice requirement of either 1,750 hours over the previous 2 years, with 875 hours in the most recent year; or 2,000 hours over the previous 5 years, 144 hours in the most recent year preceding the application.
Best wishes with your career plan and goals.
Frequently Asked Questions About CCRN Certification
Go for it, and good luck! I've had mine since 2012 and it's the one certification I hold on to and protect. It's a wonderful thing to have and opens doors for you.