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ANCC and RNS announce the first board certification in rheumatology nursing

Monday August 11, 2014
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The American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Rheumatology Nurses Society announced plans to develop a new board certification through portfolio for rheumatology nursing. Announced Aug. 7 at the RNS Annual Conference in Louisville, Ky., the new certification program will be developed beginning this year and is scheduled for launch in 2015, according to a news release.

ANCC’s certification through portfolio is an alternative assessment method for credentialing individual RNs in their specialty areas. Nurses document their skills, knowledge, abilities and career accomplishments as part of the application process. Certification through portfolio requires meeting accrediting bodies’ criteria to determine proficiency through a peer review process.

“Certification through portfolio is an excellent method for credentialing and will greatly serve the nursing profession as nurses’ knowledge grows ever more specialized,” Linda C. Lewis, RN, MSA, NEA-BC, FACHE, executive vice president and chief ANCC officer, said in a news release. “We look forward to a productive collaboration with RNS and its members, as ANCC aims to develop the first-ever certification in rheumatology nursing.”

ANCC incorporates the latest nursing practice standards, ensuring that nurses are credentialed using the most current criteria, according to the release. “We are delighted and excited to endorse ANCC’s development of a board certification to recognize the passion, commitment and quality that rheumatology nurses bring to their practices and the care of their patients every day,” Sheree C. Carter, RN, PhD, president of RNS, said in the release. “As leaders in healthcare, rheumatology nurses continue to reach for excellence in professional development and nursing practice.”


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