Med/Surg ANCC Cert.

  1. Question-

    I've been a nurse for a little over a year now full time and have well over 2000 hours under my belt because i've picked up a lot of OT. I'm looking to take the med/surg cert. Is it *really* mandatory that you must have 2 years experience? I have had couple of nurses say it's not and say they've taken it with less than 2 years experience. I wanted to see what everyone else's experience with this was.
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  3. by   BloomNurseRN
    You could always try contacting the certification organizations, the MSNCB and the ANCC, to see if they would make an exception but it is my understanding that the 2 years is mandatory.

    The eligibility criteria are listed for the MSNCB as:

    •RN with a current US license
    and practiced 2 years as an RN in a medical-surgical setting
    and accrued 2,000 hours of practice within past 3 years

    The bolding on the "and" is from their website, not my emphasis.

    The eligibility criteria are listed for the ANCC as:

    •Hold a current, active RN license within a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country
    •Have practiced the equivalent of 2 years full-time as a registered nurse.
    •Have a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice in the specialty area of medical-surgical nursing within the last 3 years.
    •Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in medical-surgical nursing within the last 3 years.

    It doesn't hurt to ask but I am not aware of anyone that's sat for the exam with less than 2 years of experience. Good luck!
  4. by   tokmom
    I haven't seen less than 2 years either.