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ANCC Announces New Credentials For Advanced Practice Nurses Effective January 2008

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Certification (COC) has officially announced ANCC's new advanced practice credentials for clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). The previous credential, APRN,BC (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Board Certified) is retired effective January 1, 2008.

CNS Credentials

The new ANCC credential for the advanced practice role of clinical nurse specialist (CNS) will be CNS-BC. (Clinical Nurse Specialist-Board Certified).

This change has been supported by the major CNS stakeholder organizations, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses (ISPN) and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS); ANCC worked closely with these groups to assure that all issues and perspectives were considered. It was also supported by a majority of certified CNSs, who were given the chance to submit their feedback in an ANCC survey, which was posted on the NACNS website. One concern some CNSs had was that the change could undermine their status as advanced practice nurses. According to Kelly A. Goudreau DSN, RN, CNS, Immediate Past President of NACNS, "the CNS role is best served by a unique credential that differentiates the CNS role from that of other advanced practice nurses. In some states the CNS role is not recognized, and state boards allow the NP to practice as a CNS. This trend poses a challenge to the continuation of the unique CNS role. NACNS and ANCC support the independence and continued recognition of the CNS as a separate and distinct advanced practice role. The new CNSBC credential will help to highlight this important distinction."

NP Credentials

The new credentials for ANCC-certified nurse practitioners will be NP-BC (nurse practitioner-board certified) preceded by a letter indicating the particular specialty, i.e.:
* Family Nurse Practitioner FNP-BC

* Adult Nurse Practitioner ANP-BC

* Acute Care Nurse Practitioner ACNP-BC

* Pediatric Nurse Practitioner PNP-BC

* Gerontological Nurse Practitioner GNP-BC

* Family Psych and Mental
Health Nurse Practitioner PMHNP-BC
(Family will be on the certificate and can be
added if desired)

* Adult Psych and Mental
Health Nurse Practitioner PMHNP-BC
(Adult will be on the certificate and can be
added if desired)

Implementation of New Advanced Practice Credentials

ANCC's new advanced practice credentials go into effect January 1, 2008. ANCC will notify state boards of nursing and other stakeholders of this change. Furthermore, all ANCC-certified NPs and CNSs will receive an updated certificate by mail during the second quarter of 2008, with the new credentials clearly stated. ANCC hopes this will help to avoid or overcome any potential confusion or difficulty.
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Title Annotation:Advanced Practice Nursing
Publication:The Pulse
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Jan 1, 2008
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