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1 Andrea Cardwell, BSN, RN-BC, Alumnus CCRN, Clinical Analyst, Main Line Health Clinical Informatics Jody Harclerode, MS, RN-BC, CPHQ Clinical Informaticist, Holy Spirit Hospital

2 Over 2500 nurses, of which, 56% are BSN s and 44.5% are certified as of Over 700 nurses of which, 43% are BSN s and 39% are certified. Holy Spirit Hospital Employees ,709 Licensed beds ER Visits. 46,892 Total Discharges. 3,834 Births 1,252 Outpatient Visits.287,543 Inpatient Surgeries 3,286 Outpatient Surgeries. 6,266 Home Health Visits. 24,390 Medical staff 595 Volunteers. 401

3 Describe eligibility criteria for the Nursing Informatics Certification Exam List key content included in certification exam Identify strategies for effective test preparation and test taking

4 Certification is the process where an outside agency bestows recognition to an individual who has met predetermined qualifications Can be entry into practice, validation of competence Mandatory or voluntary Certification validates an individual s cognitive knowledge and skills based on predetermined standards

5 Personal satisfaction, growth and development Career progression and marketability Professional opportunities, networking, and recognition among peers and employers Increases salary Increases patient confidence and satisfaction Enhances professional autonomy and shows evidence of accountability Haskins, M., Hnatiuk, C., & Yoder, L. H. (2011). Medical-Surgical Nurses' Perceived Value of Certification Study. MEDSURG Nursing, 20(2),

6 have increased perception in empowerment have more nurse/physician collaboration have more peer recognition have enhanced nursing-sensitive outcomes for patients have increased job satisfaction have decreased turnover Berube, A., Mitchell, H., & DiLorenzo, J. (2014). EB113 Stepping Forward to Empower Nurses to Obtain Certification. Critical Care Nurse, 34(2), e34-5. Boltz, M., Capezuti, E., Wagner, L., Rosenberg, M., & Secic, M. (2013). Patient Safety in Medical-Surgical Units: Can Nurse Certification Make a Difference?. MEDSURG Nursing, 22(1),

7 ANCC is the world's largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA) For more information on ANCC's certification, accreditation, or magnet, recognition programs, for nursing services, please write to the American Nurses Credentialing Center, 600 Maryland SW, Suite 1000 West, Washington, DC , call CERT, or go to

8 Eligibility criteria Active RN license Bachelor's or higher degree in nursing or a relevant field Practiced the equivalent of 2 years full-time as a RN Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in informatics nursing (last 3 years) Working in informatics: 2,000 hours in informatics nursing (last 3 years) 1,000 hours in informatics nursing (last 3 years) and completed 12 semester hours of academic credit in informatics courses (graduate-level) or Completed a graduate program in informatics nursing containing a minimum of 200 hours of faculty-supervised practicum in informatics nursing

9 Computer based at various centers across the US 175 questions 150 are scored (25 are pretest questions that are not scored. You must answer all questions on exam) Prior to October 25, 2014 After October 25, 2014 Category I II Domains of Practice Information Management & Knowledge Generation Professional Practice # of Questions Percent % % III System Life Cycle % IV Information Technology % Totals % Category I II III Domains of Practice Foundations of Practice System Design Life Cycle Data Management and Health Care Technology # of Questions Percent % % % Total %

10 New exam-- field test experience Laws related to Informatics i.e. how many people need to have their data breeched in order to notify media Group dynamics Performance improvement strategies Types of data i.e. DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine)

11 Over-prepare Write your own study plan What behaviors that have worked for you in the past: Group study? Individual study? Online course? Review Course Practice Exams Study groups

12 Review notes regularly several times a week Review new information within 24 hours of learning it Take notes or flashcards (writing helps with memory)

13 Relax Deep breaths Keep it in perspective Read the entire question do not read into it Watch for All; Never; Only

14 Answer easiest questions first Go back to those you skipped When unsure..eliminate the obvious wrong Eliminate those that grammatically don t fit

15 Good nights sleep Scheduled the exam for your best time of day (i.e. morning person or not a morning person) Valid ID Arrive early Allow up to 4 hours for exam Will know results before you leave (pass or fail)

16 150 contact hours earned through 6 Categories in 5 years ½ or ALL of the 150 hours can be earned via CEU hours (Category 1) 51% of the CEU hours must be directly related to Informatics and formally approved Contact: or Customer Care Center at

17 Conference CEUs Networking Relevant information Professional development

18 What are your roadblocks? How can we over come them? Time to quiz yourself!

19 How can we help you succeed?

20 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (2014). Informatics nursing Certification. Retrieved from: Berube, A., Mitchell, H., & DiLorenzo, J. (2014). EB113 Stepping Forward to Empower Nurses to Obtain Certification. Critical Care Nurse, 34(2), e34-5. Boltz, M., Capezuti, E., Wagner, L., Rosenberg, M., & Secic, M. (2013). Patient Safety in Medical-Surgical Units: Can Nurse Certification Make a Difference?. MEDSURG Nursing, 22(1), Haskins, M., Hnatiuk, C., & Yoder, L. H. (2011). Medical-Surgical Nurses' Perceived Value of Certification Study. MEDSURG Nursing, 20(2),

21 American Nurses Association. Nursing Informatics: Scope and Standards of Practice. Silver Spring, MD: Nursesbooks.org Englebardt, S.P., Nelson, R. Health Care Informatics: An Interdisciplinary Approach. St. Louis, MI: Mosby, Informatics Exam Secrets Test Prep Team. Informatics Nurse Exam Flashcard Study System: Informatics Test Practice Questions & Review for the Informatics Nurse Certification Exam (Cards). Mometrix Media LLC, Saba, V.K., McCormick, K.A. Essentials of Nursing Informatics. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2006.

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