Friday, August 8, 2014

Upstate AHEC Meeting the Need for Certification Review Courses

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) awards Magnet Recognition® and Pathway to Excellence® designation to healthcare organizations that meet ANCC standards for patient care and professional nursing development and practice. A big step toward reaching ANCC designation is promoting nurse certification and further education. 

In order to become certified in a specific area of nursing practice, a nurse must first meet specific criteria to apply for certification and then pass a rigorous exam. To support nurses who are preparing for the certification process, the organization’s nursing administration, managers, educators and staff nurses should request certification review courses.

Certification review courses provide information that can be utilized in preparing for certification exams, such as valuable study tips and continuing education contact hours. Therefore, in an effort to support the need for lifelong learning, expand nurses’ knowledge and increase the percentage of nationally certified nurses, Upstate AHEC will offer the following certification review courses in the fall:

  • Psychiatric Mental-Health Certification Review Course, September 18 and 19
  • Neonatal Intensive Care RNS Review Course, September 22 and 23
  • Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) Review Course, October 1 and 2
  • Medical Surgical Nursing Certification Review Course, October 27 and 28

For more information about Upstate AHEC programs, visit

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