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ANCC, ENA announce new credential for ENPs

Monday September 24, 2012
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The American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Emergency Nurses Association have announced a new portfolio credential for emergency nurse practitioners.

The new credential, announced Sept. 12 at the ENA’s annual conference in San Diego, will help validate emergency nurse practitioners’ unique knowledge and skills, according to a news release. The new credentialing program is scheduled to launch in late 2013.

"The Emergency Nurse Practitioner credential will serve to recognize a special and important set of skills and education that these nurses will bring to patient care," ENA President Gail Lenehan, RN, EdD, MSN, FAEN, FAAN, said in the news release.

The ANCC’s portfolio serves as an alternative method for credentialing these practitioners as experts in their field. Rather than exams, portfolio credentialing involves equivalent rigor for meeting accrediting bodies’ criteria to determine expertise through a peer-review process informed by nurse experts.

Nurses credentialed through the ANCC portfolio are established as experts in their specialties and are among the highest-qualified nurses in the world, according to the news release. These credentials foster both professional growth and job satisfaction while demonstrating a nurse’s commitment to providing excellent care.

"Credentialing through portfolio is an excellent method for credentialing and will greatly serve the nursing profession as nurses’ knowledge grows ever more specialized," said ANCC Executive Director Karen Drenkard, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN. "This program has been under rigorous development for many years."

The ANCC incorporates the latest nursing practice standards, ensuring that nurses are credentialed using the most current criteria, according to the news release. The ANCC’s experience with in-house test development using psychometric practices provides a foundation for the development of the Emergency Nurse Practitioner portfolio credential.


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