Professional Development

Professional Nursing Certifications

Sentara Nursing Programs

Board certification is a key factor in the assurance of minimum standards of knowledge, skills and abilities in nursing specialty practice and contributes to better patient outcomes. Certification eligibility varies by specialty. Limited support is available in most divisions to aid nurses obtaining their certification. Contact your nurse leader for more details and the process for consideration.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

https://www.aacn.org/certification

Process: No system partnership required; digital online process for system discounts on bulk purchases of certification exams

Option: No retest option; if candidate unsuccessful a second voucher is needed

Timeline: No expiration date on vouchers; once registered have 90 days to test. Must purchase minimum of 30 at a time.

Cost: Good for three year window- discounted fees as follows. CCRN/CCRN-K/CCRN-E $195, PCCN/PCCN-K $160 , CMC or CSC $115 purchased in lots of 30 can split between two

Misc. Info: One copy of the review course for each exam type purchased; discounted participant packets available

Review / Prep Courses: AACN offers online or in person review courses and workshops

Contact Info: With CNE approval; information provided to AACN – link sent to participant with instructions on how to submit and testing center *(WARNING, email often caught in SPAM filters)

Voucher / Code Access: Request electronic vouchers from Denice Whaley (bill retrospectively to division cost center and account code assigned by the NE)

Contract: No formal contract; discount option for purchase

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Success Pays®

https://www.nursingworld.org/certification/success-pays/

Process: Formal annual partnership agreement; Unique Sentara registration code; billed when nurse passes- if fails one retest available at no cost; if fails retest no charge

Option: 1 x Retest option; must wait 60 days to retest if unsuccessful on first attempt

Timeline: 12 months- partnership renewal option annually each June; once registered have 90 days to test

Cost: $290 by initial exam; $350 renewals

Misc. Info: Must meet minimum 12 per year; 18 ANCC certifications [ ambulatory, cardiac rehab, cardiac-vascular, certified vascular, college health, community health, general nursing, gerontological, home health, medical-surgical, nurse executive, nurse executive advanced, case management, professional development, pain management, pediatric, perinatal, psychiatric- mental health, school]

Review / Prep Courses: ANCC offers online or in personal review courses and workshops

Contact Info: Divisional CNE approval for access code

Voucher / Code Access: Request “Sentara code” from Denice Whaley (bill through COUPA monthly to division cost center and account code assigned by the NE)

Contract: Annual Program renewal due 7.16.2022

National Certification Corporation (NCC)

https://www.nccwebsite.org/

Available Certifications: Offer EFM, NPT, inpt. OB, Maternal newborn, low risk neonatal, NICU
Process: No system partnership required; Discount voucher codes bulk purchase option

Certified Perioperative Nurse CNOR Take 2 Program

https://www.cc-institute.org/cnor/take-2-program

Available Certifications: CNOR
Process: No system partnership required; Apply directly to CNOR when ready

Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) Yes You Can!

https://bcen.org/

Available Certifications: BCEN
Process: No system partnership required; Discount voucher attach to application

American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc. (abpanc)

https://cpancapa.org/

Available Certifications: CPAN, CAPA
Process: No system partnership required; voucher code purchase online 

Clinical Nurse Leader under the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC), arm of AACN

Available Certifications: CNL

Process: Application online; Be in last term or  graduate of CNL master’s or post-master’s program, accredited by a nursing accrediting agency or faculty teaching eligible CNL program

Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates

Available Certifications: No system partnership; CGRN certification through the American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses (ABCGN)

Process: No system partnership; CGRN certification through the American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses (ABCGN)