New for 2016: Learn about PNCB's ongoing exploration of continuing competency as it links to recertification requirements.
The purpose of the PNCB's recertification program is to document continued growth in nursing knowledge for the PNCB-certified registered nurse. An RN or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) passing the CPN, CPNP-PC, or CPNP-AC exam demonstrates to the public that they have, at the time of initial successful certification exam completion, met national standards for their certification. To meet professional standards, all certification programs in any discipline or professional practice area should require a renewal or recertification process to document that certificants are staying up to date in their certified role. The PNCB requires that each of its certified nurses annually document completion of continuing education, clinical practice, academic or other professional learning activities to assure that they are enhancing their nursing knowledge. As all 50 states and US territories require registered nurses to renew their RN licenses at 1, 2, or 3 year intervals (state determined), the PNCB's annual Recertification requirement helps the nurse to not only enhance the respective knowledge associated with their earned certification, but also assists the nurse to meet requirements in compliance with state regulatory (RN licensure) guidelines and professional expectations.
Technology, treatment strategies, and groundbreaking studies can rapidly change practice in healthcare and nursing and this becomes an issue for public safety. These reasons also support the PNCB's policy to require annual recertification for CPNs, CPNP-PCs, and CPNP-ACs. Annual recertification offers assurance to the public that these certificants are meeting stringent requirements for continued competency to update their knowledge and show commitment to lifelong learning.
How does annual recertification benefit certificants and the public?
The PNCB is proud of its annual recertification program as it represents a program of participation in continuing education strategies that require the nurse to update her knowledge and demonstrate current involvement in professional learning activities.