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CERTIFICATION Certification Capsules Certification Exam for Neonatal CNSs A new Consensus Model-based certification exam (ACCNS-N) is available for neonatal CNSs who graduated from a neonatal CNS program with a Consensus Model-based curriculum covering wellness through acute care. * All AACN Certification Corporation exams for advanced practice nurses - ACNPC-AG, ACCNS-AG, ACCNS-P, ACCNS-N - are aligned with the requirements of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation and available for graduates of AACN-approved programs. * To learn more, visit the ACCNS exam section of the AACN website. Share Your Certified Nurses Day Celebration Photos On Certified Nurses Day last month, how did you honor certified nurses and encourage eligible nurses to become certified? * Send your photos to with "Celebrate Certified Nurses" in the subject line. Time Is Running Out to Take ACNPC or CCNS Exam Help spread the word that anyone who plans to take the ACNPC or CCNS exam must apply by Dec. 31, 2014. * AACN Certification Corporation will not offer the adult, pediatric and neonatal CCNS exams for initial certification after this date. * Current ACNPCs and CCNSs may continue to renew their certification in the future, as long as they meet renewal requirements and do not let the certification lapse. 18 Certification Events at NTI2014 Certification Celebration. Celebrate your achievement at our annual dinner exclusively for certified nurses who hold credentials from AACN Certification Corporation and its partners. This includes nurses certified as ACNPC, ACNPC-AG, ACNP-BC, CCNS, ACCNS-AG, ACCNS-P, ACCNS-N, CCRN, CCRN-E, PCCN, CMC, CSC, CNML and alumnus CCRN and PCCN. Certification Exam. Take paper-and-pencil exams for CCRN, CCRN-E, PCCN, ACNPC, ACNPC-AG, CCNS and CNML specialty certification and CMC and CSC subspecialties. Preregister using the special NTI exam application available at Certification Oasis. A special place to spend a quiet moment between sessions, chat with certified colleagues and those considering certification, and learn what's new in certification and certification renewal. Find out more at April 16: National Healthcare Decisions Day O ne of the responsibilities of healthcare professionals is to educate patients about the importance of telling friends and family about their healthcare wishes. Patients can let their healthcare preferences be known by executing a written advance directive, such as a healthcare power of attorney or a living will. These legal documents provide instructions about preferred healthcare treatment when patients cannot speak for themselves. National Healthcare is Annual Healthcare Decisions Day focuses effort to raise awarenessDecisions Day (NHDD) of a grassroots about the importance advance on patient and family education about healthcare planning and decision making. The seventh annual NHDD takes place Wednesday, April 16, communicating healthcare wishes. to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. NHDD stresses the importance of people discussing the care they want to receive if they experience a serious injury, illness or life-threatening condition. Organizations throughout the country have signed up on the NHDD website to participate in this year's event. For resources and detailed information to plan your hospital's activities, visit the "Organize Your Community" section at The "Get Your Advance Directive" tab includes places to find advance directive forms, resources for family conversations and legal resources.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - April 2014

Another Angle
President’s Note (Teaser)
NTI2014: You Have to Come! An Unmatched Experience in the Mile High City
AACN Clinical Priorities 2014: Clinical Topics for Bedside Clinicians
NTI Network: Connect Online to Plan Your Week
Step Forward! Vote in AACN’s Election 2014
You May Inherit Atherosclerosis From Your Mummy
Pain, Agitation, Delirium Guidelines Expand Nurses’ Toolkit
Pediatric Flu Deaths Still a Concern, Expanded Vaccinations Advised
Are Senior-Specific EDs Worth the Investment?
‘Stop Sepsis’ Program Reduces Mortality Rate 40 Percent
Better Relationships Between Nurses, Cleaning Staff Can Improve Patient Care
Patient Outcomes Improve With Surgeon-Led Mortality Reviews
Reducing Cross-Contamination from Healthcare Personnel Attire
New Biomarker Could Improve Outlook in Esophageal Cancer
Long-Term Survival of Kids After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
Tight Glycemic Control Could Shorten Children’s Hospital Stay
Web-based Patient Portals Improve Self-Management
In Our Journals
Nurse-Patient Communication Enhanced in AACN CSI Academy Projects
Link Between Shingles and Stroke Risk?
In Utero Exposure to Dyslipidemia Heightens High LDL Risk in Offspring
Palliative Care: Conversations Matter
Improving Communication About Chronic Critical Illness
Certification Capsules
April 16: National Healthcare Decisions Day
New Editorial Consults, Other Publishing Events at NTI 2014
AACN Scholarships for August EBP, Research Methods Institutes
Early-Bird Registration Ends April 3
Attend the Chapter Leadership Development Workshop at NTI 2014
Vote Now!
‘I Am a Critical Care Nurse’
President’s Note

Bold Voices - April 2014