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Certification Toolkit

At UVA Medical Center, we encourage our nurses to pursue certification in their specialty. Specialty certification ensures that we provide the safest possible care for our patients. Certification is currently a requirement for Clinician 4 and Advanced Practice roles and will be required for Clinician 3s beginning July 1, 2017.

In 2016, the PNSO Professional Development Committee and the Chief Nursing Officer partnered with Human Resources and Senior Administration to  implement a number of changes increasing certification resources and recognition for our nurses!

Certification Quick Links:

WHY GET CERTIFIED

The growth and development of our UVA Medical Center Registered Nurses is a high priority.

There is a growing body of nursing research and clinical evidence that supports high RN specialty certification rates with better patient care outcomes. Achieving national certifications in one’s nursing specialty increases professional pride and competency!

At UVA, we have an organizational goal to achieve a RN specialty certification rate of 34% by 2017 and 36% by 2018.

CERTIFICATION PREPARATION RESOURCES
  •  Computer-Based Learning Modules: See Netlearning anytime for CBL "Certification Review Materials - Nursing".  Also, to earn free CEs to maintain certification and licensure, when logged-in to Net Learning, use the search term "CE Credit" to find all available online education.
  • CE Direct & Pearls Review Courses: UVA has purchased a number of seats for CE Direct (curious about what they offer? see course catalog), which includes Pearls Certification Review Courses for over 80 certifications as well as thousands of continuing education offerings, to make it easy for UVA nurses to get certified and stay certified! Seats are popular - complete an application, or contact the Nursing Professional Development Services Office to learn whether a seat is currently available / to be added to the waiting list.
  • Test taking Tips: https://www.medicalcenter.virginia.edu/intranet/pnso/certification/TestTakingTips.doc/view
  • Study Guides: The PNSO Professional Development Committee is partnering with the Health System Library and Nursing Professional Development Services to support nursing certification. Certification preparation resources include purchased and donated study materials, Exam Study Guides on Kindles, recorded webinars and on-line learning modules.  Click here for a complete list of resources available at the Health System Library. 
  • List of Nursing Professional Organizations - consider connecting with your local chapter, which might offer certification preparation resources!
CERTIFICATION EXAM PROGRAMS

The PNSO has partnered with Human Resources to participate in multiple programs in order to provide additional resources to our nurses seeking specialty certification. These programs allow for exam fees to be paid upfront so the nurse does not pay out of pocket. These programs also allow our nurses a second opportunity to take the exam at no cost if the first attempt is unsuccessful.

FAIL SAFE

As of June 1, 2017, the IVA Health System participates in this program administered by the Medical-Surgical Nurses Certification Board (MSNCB).  This program enables UVA Health System to pay certification exam fees upfront with no out-of-pocket expense, and two opportunities to pass the exam.  This program specifically applies to only two exams - the CMSRN and the CCCTM.  You may read more about the program here.  In order to apply for a voucher code to enable you to schedule an exam using the program, click here.

SUCCESS PAYSTM
As of July 1, 2014, this program enables UVA Health System to pay certification exam fees at a discounted rate so that nurses do not have any out-of-pocket expense. In order to be eligible for this program, the certification sought MUST be one of the specialty certifications offered through the ANCC (not Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist Certifications).

Click here to complete a web form to get started OR use the links below for more information.

About the Success PaysTM program | List of Eligible Certifications (except NP and CNS certifications)

TAKE 2
This program allows an eligible nurse to take the CNOR exam twice in a 12-month period if the first attempt is unsuccessful. The program is only available for the CNOR credential and is offered through the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI).
Click here to complete a web form to get started

AACN Voucher Program (for CCRN and PCCN)

This program allows an eligible nurse to obtain a voucher to use as payment for the CCRN or PCCN exam.  The voucher must be mailed in using regular US Postal mail service.  The AACN does not have an electronic system in place yet.  Click here to complete a web form to get started for CCRN and Click here to get started for the PCCN.

 

NO PASS, NO PAY
The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) offers the No Pass, No Pay Program for pediatric nurses seeking the CPN credential. The PNCB offers a number of resources including several free CE modules: http://www.pncb.org/ptistore/control/ce/product_list?prod=fce. RNs do not need to be certified or seeking certification to access these free modules. Currently most modules are targeted for advanced practice RNs, but general practice RNs are the majority of participants overall.   Click here to submit a web form to get started!

Remember:
Expenses for initial certification, and re-certification not offered through these specific programs may still be eligible for reimbursement. See Applying for funding assistance for more information. Nursing certifications eligible for funding assistance must be on this list of National Certifications recognized by the ANCC for reporting on the Magnet Demographic Data Collection Tool (DDCT)TM. Again, NP and CNS certifications are not eligible.

FUNDING SUPPORT FOR CERTIFICATION

Funding Assistance for certification is part of UVA Employee Benefits, HR Policy 301

The expense of certifications paid out-of-pocket may be reimbursed up to $375. The Human Resources Policy No. 301 provides details on eligible courses and eligible employees.  This policy is applicable to all Medical Center employees and not just nurses.

To get started with the reimbursement process, please complete the CBL in the Net Learning LMS titled "Educational Assistance".  The CBL will provide training to use the online reimbursement request system.  Within a short time of completing the CBL (usually 48 hours or less), you will receive an email containing access instructions for the system.

As described above, UVA Health System participates in a number of external programs that allow the institution to pre-pay the exam fee for the nurse.  These programs are specific to certain certifications.  Any programs in which we participate are administered in accordance with HR Policy 301 and all eligibility requirements apply.

I am CERTIFIED! Now What?
  • Update your Professional Profile.  Each year in March a report is pulled from the Professional Profile to determine recipients of the certification bonus payout.  If you need instructions on updating your profile, see the instructions options below:
  • Send an email to PNSO@virginia.edu .  We want to recognize you in the PNSO Blast email.  Let us know when you achieve certification so that we may recognize you.
  • Submit a request for a nameplate if your unit/work area has a certification board.  You may submit your request by using the following link:
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/uvacert
  • Maintain your certification!  You worked hard for this accomplishment.  The Medical Center invests in a number of resources to help nurses meet this requirement with no out-of-pocket expense.
    • Computer-Based Learning Modules: When logged-in to Netlearning, use the search term "CE Credit" to find all available online education.
    • CE Direct & Pearls Review Courses: UVA has purchased a number of seats for CE Direct (curious about what they offer? see course catalog), which includes Pearls Certification Review Courses for over 80 certifications as well as thousands of continuing education offerings, to make it easy for UVA      nurses to get certified and stay certified. Seats are popular - complete an application, or contact the Nursing Professional Development Services Office (4-8290) to learn whether a seat is currently available and if not, to be added to the waiting list.
RECOGNITION FOR SPECIALTY CERTIFICATION ACHIEVEMENT

ANNUAL BONUS!

  • An annual $300 bonus (all bonuses are subject to applicable State and Federal Tax guidelines) was implemented in March 2017 for all specialty certified RNs.  Effective in March 2017, this bonus became a part of our celebrations to recognize the accomplishments of our nurses on Certified Nurses Day (celebrated nationally on March 19th each year). This additional financial support provides recognition for RNs who achieve specialty certification and helps support any costs that are not covered by the Health System.
  • Benefitted and non-benefitted RNs are eligible for the bonus.
  • Certifications are eligible for reimbursement and bonus if they are included on the approved specialty certifications list .
  • Eligibility for the bonus will be contingent upon providing evidence of a current/active specialty certification at the time the bonus is paid.

RN PNSO PROFILE
If you are currently certified or obtain your RN specialty certification,  be sure your RN PNSO Profile is updated.

CERTIFICATION PLAQUES
Areas that have certification wall plaques will use an online tool to request new nameplates. If you need a new name plate(s) or if you have questions about wall plaques, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/uvacert

CELEBRATING NATIONAL CERTIFIED NURSES DAY!

  • March 19th is National Certified Nurses Day.
  • The PNSO sponsors events during the entire week. Information can be found in the PNSO email BLAST leading up to March 19th.
  • Local units are encouraged to recognize the certified nurses on their team!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Click here for answers to many questions about the NEW certification offerings.

If you do not find the answer to your question, contact the .

2018 Certification Review offerings

NPDS is now hosting the following electronic certification review on an ongoing basis.  Click the applicable link below to register.:

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