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Transplant Nurse Certification in the United States Christine Shay-Downer, RN, BSN, CCTC President International Transplant Nurse Society (ITNS) Intestinal.

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1 Transplant Nurse Certification in the United States Christine Shay-Downer, RN, BSN, CCTC President International Transplant Nurse Society (ITNS) Intestinal Transplant Coordinator Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, Ohio, USA

2 Objectives At the end of this presentation the attendee will be able to: Define the concept of nursing certification Define the concept of nursing certification Identify benefits and barriers to obtaining a nursing certification Identify benefits and barriers to obtaining a nursing certification Describe the role of ABTC when obtaining transplant nursing certification Describe the role of ABTC when obtaining transplant nursing certification

3 Certification is the formal process by which a certifying agency validates a nurses knowledge, skills, and abilities in a defined role and clinical area of practice, based on predetermined standards. Certification is the formal process by which a certifying agency validates a nurses knowledge, skills, and abilities in a defined role and clinical area of practice, based on predetermined standards. Achieved through: specialized or advanced education experience in a specialty area method of validating competency (exam)

4 Nursing Certification 35 years 35 years >67 certifying organizations >67 certifying organizations >134 specialty areas >134 specialty areas >400,000 certifications held by RNs >400,000 certifications held by RNs

5 Why Certify?? Improve quality of patient care Improve quality of patient care Professional recognition and credibility Professional recognition and credibility Personal accomplishment / satisfaction Personal accomplishment / satisfaction Indicates attainment of practice standard Indicates attainment of practice standard Professional growth Professional growth Increases marketability Increases marketability Career advancement / higher salary Career advancement / higher salary Insurance companies send patients to health care facilities who promote certification Insurance companies send patients to health care facilities who promote certification Organizations are often rated based on % of certified personnel they employ. Organizations are often rated based on % of certified personnel they employ. Families feel loved ones receive better care Families feel loved ones receive better care

6 Barriers Costs of certification Costs of certification Lack of institutional reward/support Lack of institutional reward/support Lack of access to preparation courses Lack of access to preparation courses Lack of access to exam site Lack of access to exam site Time Time

7 American Board of Transplant Certification (ABTC) Independent, not for profit, 1988 Independent, not for profit, 1988 Awards voluntary, non-governmental certification credentials Awards voluntary, non-governmental certification credentials Transplant nurse, clinical coordinator, procurement coordinator, preservationist Transplant nurse, clinical coordinator, procurement coordinator, preservationist

8 ABTC Certification Board of Govenors + 4 committees Board of Govenors + 4 committees Develop and administer a reliable, valid certification examination / continuing certification program. Develop and administer a reliable, valid certification examination / continuing certification program. Work coordinated by Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc., an independent testing agency which provides management and testing services Work coordinated by Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc., an independent testing agency which provides management and testing services

9 ABTC Certification Exam is designed to measure professional knowledge of individuals engaged in clinical and procurement transplant coordination. Exam is designed to measure professional knowledge of individuals engaged in clinical and procurement transplant coordination. Detailed content outline developed from surveys of currently certified transplant nurses Detailed content outline developed from surveys of currently certified transplant nurses

10 Preparing for Certification Exam ABTC candidate handbook ABTC candidate handbook Work study groups Work study groups Flash Cards Flash Cards Formal review course Formal review course Core Curriculum Core Curriculum Transplant IQ series Transplant IQ series Practice questions Practice questions

11 Current Status of ABTC Exams 75% pass exam 75% pass exam Electronic exam sites by appointment Electronic exam sites by appointment Based primarily on US practice currently Based primarily on US practice currently Offered to transplant nurses outside the United States Offered to transplant nurses outside the United States

12 Maintaining Certification Every 3 years Every 3 years Provide renewal application with documentation of continuing education and transplant activities. Provide renewal application with documentation of continuing education and transplant activities.

13 Resources Certification is an important part of nurse education, career growth. The American Nurse. March/April Certification is an important part of nurse education, career growth. The American Nurse. March/April Wade, C.H. Perceived Effectgs of Specialty Nurse Certification: A Review of the Literature. AORN Journal. January 2009, Vol. 89, No. 1. Wade, C.H. Perceived Effectgs of Specialty Nurse Certification: A Review of the Literature. AORN Journal. January 2009, Vol. 89, No. 1. Baird, C. Specialty Certification: Is It for You? Journal of Additions Nursing, 18: , 2007 Baird, C. Specialty Certification: Is It for You? Journal of Additions Nursing, 18: , 2007 Prowant,B., Niebuhr, B., & Biel, M. Perceived Value of Nursing Certification – Summary of a National Survey. Nephrology Nursing Journal. July-August 2007, Vol. 34, No. 4. Prowant,B., Niebuhr, B., & Biel, M. Perceived Value of Nursing Certification – Summary of a National Survey. Nephrology Nursing Journal. July-August 2007, Vol. 34, No. 4. Candidate Handbook Candidate Handbook


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