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How do I know when I have 1800 hours for CPN credential?

Posted

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 2 years experience.

Hi! Sorry if this is a dumb question but I genuinelly don't keep track of how many hours I work. I calculated that since I work full-time, I would have over 1800 hours doing 1 year of pediatric nursing (doesnt include off days). Nurses who have CPN how did you know you were eligible? will my employer say something to me when I am eligible since I work at a children's hospital ?

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

If you work 36 hours a week and 50 weeks per year (2 weeks vacation assumed) you work 1800 hours/ year. Your employer will not 'say something to you when you are eligible' as it is you pursuing certification, not them on your behalf. 

pinkdoves, BSN

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 2 years experience.

14 hours ago, meanmaryjean said:

If you work 36 hours a week and 50 weeks per year (2 weeks vacation assumed) you work 1800 hours/ year. Your employer will not 'say something to you when you are eligible' as it is you pursuing certification, not them on your behalf. 

but how do I prove I've worked x amount of hours ? do they trust that I actually did or do I have to get someone to sign something?

Have you visited the Steps to CPN Certification page and reviewed the application process yet?  If not, doing so might answer many of your questions.

Best wishes.

The usual guide for calculating yearly employment totals is 2080.  So if you have worked a calendar year, you are considered to have worked 2080 hours and 2080 times your hourly rate is considered your yearly income amount.  This figure can be found in an internet search.

31 minutes ago, caliotter3 said:

The usual guide for calculating yearly employment totals is 2080. ...

If you work 40 hours/week (1.0 FTE).  If you work 36 hours/week (0.9 FTE) it would be 1872 hours.

pinkdoves, BSN

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 2 years experience.

On 11/28/2020 at 10:29 PM, chare said:

Have you visited the Steps to CPN Certification page and reviewed the application process yet?  If not, doing so might answer many of your questions.

Best wishes.

I've been to this website several times. it says the qualifications (1800 hours within 2 years) which I already knew. I cant find anywhere that says where to prove that and if you know I would appreciate telling me...I'm guessing it's part of the application process but I'm having a hard time believing they're just going to take my word for it if I fill out a form?

pinkdoves, BSN

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 2 years experience.

On 11/29/2020 at 10:46 AM, caliotter3 said:

The usual guide for calculating yearly employment totals is 2080.  So if you have worked a calendar year, you are considered to have worked 2080 hours and 2080 times your hourly rate is considered your yearly income amount.  This figure can be found in an internet search.

I did the math already like I said in my initial post...I have no trouble calculating so no need to tell me I can find it on the internet. I'm asking how it is proven I worked x amount of hours? they're just going to take my word for it ? sounds like you know the answer 

JadedCPN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Pediatric Float, PICU, NICU. Has 15 years experience.

When filling out the application, you do not have to "prove" anything for any of the requirements. However, if you were ever audited you would have to provide supporting documentation at that point. I would guess that a printout from your employer with your FTE status or a letter from management would suffice.

pinkdoves, BSN

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 2 years experience.

3 minutes ago, JadedCPN said:

When filling out the application, you do not have to "prove" anything for any of the requirements. However, if you were ever audited you would have to provide supporting documentation at that point. I would guess that a printout from your employer with your FTE status or a letter from management would suffice.

thank you so much!! very helpful information! I wish that were clearer

 A contemporaneous record is accepted by the IRS.  It stands to reason that a record of hours worked kept by the employee would be accepted by the entity awarding the CPN.  They are capable of verifying this with the employer(s). But then, someone who does not keep their own record of hours worked would not need to explain how they came up with any figure.  They know it all.  Ask for help on a public forum, which happens to be accessed on the internet, and then jump on the people who try to help.  You're welcome. 

rebecuna

Specializes in pediatrics. Has 4 years experience.

Like someone already said, you do not have to prove the hours. At my children's hospital they offered a review course for CPN that was maybe 2 days, which we got to take free and got paid to take... great deal! Plus they paid for the exam. They want as many nurses as possible to get their CPN.

Look at your pay stub from December-- it should say the number of hours you've worked that year.