Nursing case management credential at a glance

Here are some basic facts about the Washington, DC-based American Nurses Credentialing Center's new nursing case management credential, including its revised eligibility criteria. The information is summarized directly from the center's candidate handbook. For complete information, contact the ANCC for a copy of the handbook.

Credentialing board:

American Nurses Credentialing Center, 600 Maryland Ave. SW, Suite 100 West, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (800) 284-2378.

Eligibility criteria:

Candidates who currently hold a core nursing specialty certification must:

· hold an active RN license in the United States or its territories;

· hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing (transcript showing conferral of degree must be submitted);

· have functioned within the scope of a registered nurse case manager a minimum of 2,000 hours within the past two years;

· show proof of a current core nursing specialty certification.

Candidates who do not hold a core nursing specialty certification must:

· hold an active RN license in the United States or its territories;

· hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing (transcript showing conferral of degree must be submitted);

· have functioned as a registered nurse for 4,000 hours, with at least 2,000 of those hours as a nurse case manager within the past two years.

Registration fee:

For members of the American Nurses Association, $100. Non-members: $200. The core specialty test costs an additional $50, while late fees, alternate date fees, and special test site fees are $35 each.

1998 testing dates:

May 2, June 27, and Oct. 3, 1998.

Testing sites:

One site for May 2 (Orlando, FL); 47 sites in 26 states and Washington, DC, for June 27; and 101 sites in 53 states and U.S. territories.

Recertification:

Certification is valid for five years. Recertifica tion requirements include:

· 1,500 hours of practice (full-time faculty can apply up to 500 hours of nursing case management didactic lecture in a baccalaureate or higher nursing program toward the practice requirement);

· a minimum of two of the following:

- 75 contact hours of continuing education;

- five academic semester hour credits (or six quarter hours);

- participation as a presenter/lecturer in five formal continuing education or professional education offerings;

- evidence of publication of one article in a refereed journal, book, chapter, or published research paper in an appropriate area of nursing;

- 120 hours of on-site case management clinical preceptorship supervision of baccalaureate or higher degree nursing students.

Exam content outline:

The test covers five components: assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, and interaction.