Reply To: certification

  • Vicki Schaefers

    Member
    December 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Hi,
    All of our clinic nurses are required to be CPHON certified within two years and it has worked well.  Our oncology APRN’s all have the chemo/bio certification as well as the CPON/CPHON certification.  In our institution you cannot administer chemotherapy without the chemo/bio certification and all of our NP’s do procedures and administer methotrexate except one and she teaches the chemo/bio course!  It is just expected that the APRN’s will be CPHON certified, we’ve never had anyone not become certified. 

    We have very few of our inpatient nurses who are CPHON certified but are working on that issue.   

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    Vicki Schaefers, RN,CNP,CPON
    Children’s Hospital & Clinics of MN
    Burnsville, MN
    United States
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 12-11-2014 12:23 PM
    From: Sarah Matney
    Subject: certification

    Hi Lisa,

    About 7 years ago we finally drew a line in the sand on this.  We decided to make the certification required for all outpatient RN’s.  The nurses had two years to obtain certification.  For all new hires, they have the same requirement, certification within two years.

    We currently have only 5 nurses who are not certified, but they will be certified prior to the two year mark.

    We fortunately have not had anyone fail the exam.  I think that it has been because we tak the time to prepare them well.   They attend morning huddles (which often include treatment rationale), tumor boardd and a review course.  We also encourage small study groups and our CNS prepares study questions each week.

    Our next hurdle is our APRN’s.  They have not been encouraged to certify OR attend chemo/bio.  Has anyone else addressed this with their mid-level providers?

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    Sarah Matney, BSN,RN,CPON
    Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
    Bristol, CT
    United States
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 12-11-2014 12:16 PM
    From: Caryl Shelton
    Subject: certification

    At Cincinnati, we have 29 percent of our clinic RN’s  have a  certification.  We have been offering review course to them to help as an incentive.  (18 of 63 nurses)

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    Caryl Shelton, RN
    Education Specialist
    Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    Winchester, OH
    United States
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 12-10-2014 05:54 PM
    From: Lisa Bjorkelo
    Subject: certification

    Hi,
    We are trying to get some benchmarking information on CPON/CPHON/BMT-CN certification from other outpatient units across the country. What percentage of your staff nurses are certified? We have 25 staff nurses, 7 are certified. we are trying to increase that number and want to know how other places are doing in this endeavor! Thanks! 

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    Lisa Bjorkelo, CPON,MSN,RN
    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    Morton, PA
    United States
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