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CERTIFICATION CORNER

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Understanding
CERPs for Specialty
Certification
Renewal

ongratulations - you're certified! You worked hard
to get here. Take pride in your commitment to demonstrating
the highest standards in the care of acutely and critically ill
patients.
How do you continue to demonstrate your dedication
to excellence and continued competence? By pursuing the
continuing education (CE) and learning activities that enable
you to maintain your certification.
Believe it or not, renewal time will come around faster than
you think. In addition to a practice hour requirement, certification renewal involves a CE component. This aspect can
be perplexing, especially for certificants renewing specialty
credentials, who are required to complete 100 Continuing
Education Recognition Points (CERPs) in specific categories
(A, B and C) during each renewal cycle.
To help clarify the process, we've provided answers to
the most frequently asked questions about CERPs related
to renewal of CCRN, CCRN-K, CCRN-E, PCCN and PCCN-K
certifications.
Why are they called CERPs?
The Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs)
program, unique to AACN, allows a broader range of educational opportunities and activities to be counted toward
certification renewal than traditional CE courses. CERPs may
include both learning topics and learning activities that occur
within or outside your primary work environment.

Can academic courses be counted for CERPs?
Yes. You may count 15 CERPs for each one (1) academic credit.
Thus, a two (2)-credit course would be worth 30 CERPs. The
CERP category assigned depends on the course title/content.
What information is needed on my CERP documentation?
Documents must include your name, date of course/activity,
title/topic of course/activity, hours involved in course/activity,
sponsoring organization
Qualifying activities for
or place where course/
activity occurred and
specialty certification
signature of educator,
renewal encompass more
supervisor or course
than standard CE hours.
director.
Why are my BLS and ACLS cards not sufficient for CERP
documentation?
BLS and ACLS cards do not include learning time, which is
required for calculation of CERPs. Documentation of time spent
on the course is needed; a letter may be obtained from your
educator or supervisor.
Can CERPs completed during the grace period after my
scheduled renewal date be counted?
Only CERPs that fall within your most recent three-year
certification period may be counted. The grace period, which
allows extra time only to submit your application, is not an
extension for completion of renewal requirements.
What is the simplest way to track my CERPs?
CERPs for CCRN, CCRN-K, CCRN-E, PCCN and PCCN-K
certificants can be tracked online in your MyAACN dashboard
(www.aacn.org). Learning activities completed through AACN's
CE Activities library auto-populate in your dashboard by
CERP category (image below). You can also manually add your
non-AACN CE activities for renewal tracking. d

How are CERPs calculated?
One (1) CERP is equivalent to one (1) CE or one (1)
contact hour. For example, a four-hour course (not
counting breaks) could be counted for four (4) CERPs.
What are some activities that may count for
CERPs?
CERPs may be counted for committee or team
involvement, quality improvement or auditing activities, developing practice protocols/policies, designing
educational aids, authoring a newsletter or journal
article, teaching, membership in a professional organization and preceptorship/mentorship.
Could in-services required by my employer be
counted for CERPs?
Yes. Even though formal CE may not be offered,
in-services or classes required by your employer may
be counted toward your CERP requirements. Examples
include safety, cultural awareness, disaster preparedness, communication and infection control.

6 JUNE 2018 | AACN BOLD VOICES

For more details on CERP categories and how to calculate CERPs,
review the renewal brochure for your certification at
www.aacn.org/certificationhandbooks.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - June 2018

Urine
The Power of Possibility
Sepsis: What Nurses Can Do
New Sepsis Bundle From Surviving Sepsis Campaign
Understanding CERPs for Specialty Certification Renewal
In Our Journals
Transitions
America’s ‘Other’ Drug Problem Needs Attention
Effect of Haloperidol on Reducing Mortality
Transitional Care Nurses Can Reduce Admissions of Older Patients
ASHP Developing Standardized Medication Concentrations
Online AACN Course on Care of Older Adults
Hospital Programs Help Employees Cope With Traumatic Events
National Summit on Identification, Prevention and Management of Burnout
Barbershops Help Black Patrons Control Hypertension
Nurse Treats Himself for Myocardial Infarction Using Telehealth
We Have Consensus: TeleICU Continues to Evolve
Cooking Classes Help Patients With CHF
Beware of Chicken Nuggets — and Other Ultra-Processed Foods
Apple Watch Might Randomly Reboot in ICUs
Wound-Monitoring App Helps Reduce Hospital Readmissions
All Antidepressants Beat Placebo for Acute Major Depressive Disorder
Patients’ Online Search Trends
‘Timeout’ Reduces Medication Errors
Possible Link Between High Fitness and Reduced Risk of Dementia
DAISY Award Honors Nurses Who Exemplify Exceptional Compassion and Skill
Interviews With Two Acute Care Nurse Practitioners
Hiring for Cultural Fit
AACN Unveils Updated Online Pharmacology Course
Appreciating the Little Things
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Cover1
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Cover2
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Urine
Bold Voices - June 2018 - The Power of Possibility
Bold Voices - June 2018 - New Sepsis Bundle From Surviving Sepsis Campaign
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Understanding CERPs for Specialty Certification Renewal
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Transitions
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Effect of Haloperidol on Reducing Mortality
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Online AACN Course on Care of Older Adults
Bold Voices - June 2018 - National Summit on Identification, Prevention and Management of Burnout
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Nurse Treats Himself for Myocardial Infarction Using Telehealth
Bold Voices - June 2018 - We Have Consensus: TeleICU Continues to Evolve
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Bold Voices - June 2018 - Beware of Chicken Nuggets — and Other Ultra-Processed Foods
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Wound-Monitoring App Helps Reduce Hospital Readmissions
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Patients’ Online Search Trends
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Possible Link Between High Fitness and Reduced Risk of Dementia
Bold Voices - June 2018 - DAISY Award Honors Nurses Who Exemplify Exceptional Compassion and Skill
Bold Voices - June 2018 - 19
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Hiring for Cultural Fit
Bold Voices - June 2018 - AACN Unveils Updated Online Pharmacology Course
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Appreciating the Little Things
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