Reply To: certification

  • Tania Storms

    Member
    December 16, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Hi,
    At The University of Vermont, Children’s Hospital outpatient infusion bay, all 5 of our RNs and both NPs have their CPON/CPHON certification, making us 100% certified via ONCC. It is not mandatory, but encouraged. We are all certified as chemo/bio providers via the APHON program; 3 of us are the chemo/bio instructors for our hospital.
    Our hospital will pay for the CPON/CPHON exam (must successfully pass) and any educational classes/programs prior to the exam, that money comes from either tuition reimbursement and/or conference funds. Additionally, our hospital will pay a $200 bonus after the nurse successfully passes the exam. The hospital also pays for the recertification and the bonus with successful recertification.
    I hope this helps.

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    Tania Storms, MSN, RN, CPON
    The University of Vermont, Children’s Hospital
    Pediatric Infusion Bay
    Burlington, VT
    United States
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 12-11-2014 12:29 PM
    From: Vicki Schaefers
    Subject: certification

    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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