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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/157043
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Are You as Smart as a CCRN?: Developing Confidence for Certification Testing.
Author(s):
Russo, Andrea M.
Author Details:
Andrea M. Russo, RN,MN,MS,CCRN, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, email: andrea.russo@uhhospitals.org
Abstract:
PURPOSE: Certification validates expert knowledge and skills. A sense of confidence is part of being a certified nurse. Having the knowledge base and confidence to take the certification is a sticking point for many nurses. The purpose of this project was help our nursing staff develop their knowledge base as well as their confidence level to be successful in becoming certified. DESCRIPTION: We asked nursing staff in our 4 ICUs if they had considered becoming certified and if not, why not. The overwhelming response was, "IÆm not ready," "I don't know enough." In an attempt to boost RNsÆ confidence, to enhance their knowledge base, and to promote certification, the following project was designed. A tri-fold poster was developed for each of our ICUs. The posters were titled "Are you smarter than a CCRN?" Information on value and benefits of certification was displayed as well as options available for the hospitalÆs support of their pursuit of certification. Each week, 3 to 4 CCRN review questions were posted and e-mailed to all ICU RNs, together with the answers and rational for the previous week's questions. The names of the RNs who correctly answered the questions each week were posted on the unit's bulletin board. In each unit, a weekly drawing was held and a hospital meal or movie ticket was awarded to the nurse whose name was drawn. At week 44, a 10-question survey was sent to the nurses to determine the project's effectiveness. The survey was open to both certified and uncertified RNs. Fifty-three (26%) RNs participated, of whom 81% were not certified. EVALUATION/OUTCOMES:Survey results revealed that 87% of RNs had completed the questions at least 25% of the weeks, 30% had completed the test at least 50% of the weeks, 100% thought the questions were appropriate for the roles, and 95% felt they learned from completing the weekly questions. Of the 42 RNs who were not certified, 73% felt that after completion of the questions they had a greater confidence level in their ability to pass the test. Sixty-one percent said personal satisfaction was the most important reason for certification and more than 80% believed that better patient outcomes had resulted from the weekly questions. Enhancing the nurses' perception related their ability to the certify test is one of the first steps in promoting certification.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
26-Oct-2011
Citation:
2010 National Teaching Institute Research Abstracts. American Journal of Critical Care, 19(3), e15-e28. doi:10.4037/ajcc2010866
Conference Date:
2010
Conference Name:
National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition
Conference Host:
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Conference Location:
Washington, D.C., USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAre You as Smart as a CCRN?: Developing Confidence for Certification Testing.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorRusso, Andrea M.en_GB
dc.author.detailsAndrea M. Russo, RN,MN,MS,CCRN, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, email: andrea.russo@uhhospitals.orgen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/157043-
dc.description.abstractPURPOSE: Certification validates expert knowledge and skills. A sense of confidence is part of being a certified nurse. Having the knowledge base and confidence to take the certification is a sticking point for many nurses. The purpose of this project was help our nursing staff develop their knowledge base as well as their confidence level to be successful in becoming certified. DESCRIPTION: We asked nursing staff in our 4 ICUs if they had considered becoming certified and if not, why not. The overwhelming response was, "IÆm not ready," "I don't know enough." In an attempt to boost RNsÆ confidence, to enhance their knowledge base, and to promote certification, the following project was designed. A tri-fold poster was developed for each of our ICUs. The posters were titled "Are you smarter than a CCRN?" Information on value and benefits of certification was displayed as well as options available for the hospitalÆs support of their pursuit of certification. Each week, 3 to 4 CCRN review questions were posted and e-mailed to all ICU RNs, together with the answers and rational for the previous week's questions. The names of the RNs who correctly answered the questions each week were posted on the unit's bulletin board. In each unit, a weekly drawing was held and a hospital meal or movie ticket was awarded to the nurse whose name was drawn. At week 44, a 10-question survey was sent to the nurses to determine the project's effectiveness. The survey was open to both certified and uncertified RNs. Fifty-three (26%) RNs participated, of whom 81% were not certified. EVALUATION/OUTCOMES:Survey results revealed that 87% of RNs had completed the questions at least 25% of the weeks, 30% had completed the test at least 50% of the weeks, 100% thought the questions were appropriate for the roles, and 95% felt they learned from completing the weekly questions. Of the 42 RNs who were not certified, 73% felt that after completion of the questions they had a greater confidence level in their ability to pass the test. Sixty-one percent said personal satisfaction was the most important reason for certification and more than 80% believed that better patient outcomes had resulted from the weekly questions. Enhancing the nurses' perception related their ability to the certify test is one of the first steps in promoting certification.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T19:22:14Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-26en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T19:22:14Z-
dc.identifier.citation2010 National Teaching Institute Research Abstracts. American Journal of Critical Care, 19(3), e15-e28. doi:10.4037/ajcc2010866en_GB
dc.conference.date2010en_GB
dc.conference.nameNational Teaching Institute and Critical Care Expositionen_GB
dc.conference.hostAmerican Association of Critical-Care Nursesen_GB
dc.conference.locationWashington, D.C., USAen_GB
dc.identifier.citation2010 National Teaching Institute Research Abstracts. American Journal of Critical Care, 19(3), e15-e28. doi:10.4037/ajcc2010866en_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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