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PREPARING FOR THE ADVANCED PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE CERTIFICATION EXAM. ASTDN Conference May 9, 2012. PRESENTERS. Lisa Campbell, DNP, RN, APHN-BC, GNP-BC PHN Section-APHA, ASTDN, ANA Victoria, TX Michelle Cravetz, MS, RN-BC, APHN-BC ASTDN, ACHNE, PHN Section-APHA Albany, NY.

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presenters
PRESENTERS
  • Lisa Campbell, DNP, RN, APHN-BC, GNP-BC
  • PHN Section-APHA, ASTDN, ANA
  • Victoria, TX
  • Michelle Cravetz, MS, RN-BC, APHN-BC
  • ASTDN, ACHNE, PHN Section-APHA
  • Albany, NY
agenda
Agenda
  • PHN Practice Standards and Credentialing
  • National Certification
  • Certification Registration and Preparation
  • Exam Content and Scoring
  • Study Tips
learning objectives
Learning Objectives
  • At the end of this offering, the learner will be able to:
  • Apply for certification as an Advanced Public Health Nurse through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC);
  • Locate application and guidance materials on the web;
  • Describe the various content areas covered by the ANCC APHN Exam;
  • Demonstrate competency in use of the provided Study Guide;
  • Apply exam preparation strategies to certification exams; and
  • Formulated a plan for taking and passing the APHN exam.
professionals are accountable for their practice
Professionals are Accountable for their Practice

Public Health Nurses demonstrate accountability for their practice by:

  • Establishing standards and credentials for their practice;
  • Meeting professional standards;
  • Achieving relevant credentials; and
  • Meeting program and organizational standards.
establishing standards and credentials
Establishing Standards And Credentials

Standards may be applied on an individualor organizational level.

  • American Nurses Association
  • -Scope and Standards of Practice for Public Health Nurses
  • -Developed by PHNs to outline expectations for the highest level of practice.
  • Quad Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations

-Core Competencies for Public Health Nurses

-Outlines performance expectations for PHNs at different levels of practice.

  • Council on Linkages between Academia and Practice

-Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

-Not specific to nursing or public health nurses.

  • Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)
  • -Public health agency accreditation.
options for national certification
Options for National Certification
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
    • Applies to nurses with MS in Nursing or MPH
    • Credential granted: APHN-BC, PHCNS-BC or CHN
  • National Board of Public Health Examiners
    • Applies only to PHNs with MPHs
    • Credential granted: CPH
  • -- This workshop covers preparation for the ANCC exam only. --
phn certification survey results
PHN Certification Survey Results
  • Survey Conducted in March/April, 2012
  • Sample: 897+ Surveys completed
    • Membership in sponsoring organizations
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PHN Certification Survey Results
  • The Sample
    • Primary Setting
      • 65% Official Public Health
      • 17% Faculty
      • Others - Hospital, State Consultant, School Health, CDC
    • Primary Role
      • 33% Administrative
      • 30% Staff Nurse
      • 18% Faculty
      • 2% Educator
    • Education
      • 16% ADN
      • 36% BSN
      • 30% Masters prepared (21% MSN; 6% MPH; 3% MS)
      • 16% Doctorally prepared
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PHN Certification Survey Results
  • Certification Status
  • Of the respondents:
    • 69% (619) were not certified in Public Health
    • 79% (709) were never certified in PH or as a PHN
    • 32% (289) held current certifications (APRN, other)
    • 60% (538) were interested in becoming certified
phn certification survey results3
PHN Certification Survey Results

Rewards, Incentives, Barriers to Certification

  • Barriers to Certification
    • Cost
    • Not valued/rewarded by employer
    • Time to Prepare
    • Other 16% (144) - retired, job security in question, no study guide, unaware of testing process or location
  • Only 12% (108) indicated certification helped them when applying to new positions
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PHN Certification Survey Results
  • Motivators for Becoming Certified
    • 58% Enhanced Professional Credibility
    • 55% Evidence of Professional Commitment
    • 51% Personal Satisfaction
    • 50% Feeling of Personal Accomplishment
    • 49% Validates Specialized Knowledge
preparing for certification
Preparing for Certification

“No Investment No Return”

register
Register
  • On-line registration process if paying with credit card.
  • Other requirements:
    • Select eligibility option
    • License verification
    • Transcripts
    • Fees
      • $270. ANA Members
      • $340. APHA PHN Section Members
      • $395. Non-members
    • Approval can take 6-8 weeks
  • Letter of approval to test arrives, then:
    • Schedule a test within 90 days of approval
    • Results instant after completion of exam
make a plan stan
Make a Plan, Stan!
  • By now you know your own learning style, so plan accordingly.
  • Read everything on the ANCC website about the exam very carefully – twice.
  • Talk to colleagues who have taken the exam.
  • Make some decisions:
    • What can I do on my own? What support do I have?
    • How shall I schedule preparation?
    • What is the best way for me to prepare?
    • Where do I need the most help?
self assess
Self-ASSESS
  • Go to the ANCC website or the Study Guide.
  • Look very carefully at the content areas that will be tested and the percentage of the test that will be within that content area.
  • Determine where you need to spend the most time in preparation.
  • Find the right resources to help you with your weak areas – texts, class notes, the web.
  • As you study and review, try to connect the content and theories to your actual experiences as a PHN.
  • Download and take the sample test.
more to consider
More to Consider
  • Prepare for the process of test-taking:
    • Review the test procedures described on the website.
    • Find out where your nearest testing center location. Many centers allow you to arrange a tour before the test date.
    • Leave time to prepare on test day. Remember your admission paperwork.
  • Can you make it a group project?
    • “Study Buddies” are very helpful, even if they are “virtual.”
gather your resources
Gather Your Resources
  • Study Guide
  • A good, current Public Health Nursing text
  • Your computer
  • Environmental resources – Where you can prepare
  • Class notes, notes/slides from courses, continuing education offerings
  • Colleagues
available from ancc
Available from ANCC
  • Sample test questions – on the website
  • Posters, brochures to promote certification
    • PDFs of publications are available from ANCC
    • ANCC will mail multiple copies to facilities - complete an online form
  • ANCC Certification Applications - bundles
  • School Codes Directory
  • “Building A Better Future”
    • Film showing value of certification to nurses, administrators, patients
    • Faculty can share the link with students or request a free DVD anccmarketing@ana.org
  • Recommended Reading List
our study guide
OUR Study Guide
  • The Study Guide is formatted by topical area.
    • It is not designed to be all-inclusive
    • It does not reveal any particular test questions.
    • It is only meant to jog your memory.
    • Web - and textbook - based references are included.
  • -- Let’s go through the Study Guide now! --
take the test
TAKE the Test
  • Remember to read carefully the materials about what is allowed in the testing area.
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before.
  • Come fed and hydrated.
  • The test is computer based.
  • There are test questions on the exam that will not be graded.
  • Take your time. Remain calm, take your pulse! And read carefully.
  • If you pass, the test center will issue your certificate before you leave the center.
recertifying
Recertifying
  • You are required to recertify every 5 years.
  • There are various methods for recertifying.
  • Again, materials are posted on the ANCC website.
  • You can track your continuing education credits online.
  • Submit all paper work 8 weeks prior to expiration of your certification.
  • Renewal Fees
    • $200. ANA Member
    • $280. APHA PHN Section Members
    • $350. Non-members
upcoming workshops
Upcoming Workshops
  • ACHNE Annual Institute
  • Saturday, June 9th
  • 10:15 -11:15 AM
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Overview of certification process and study tips
thanks
Thanks!
  • Now go forth
  • and
  • CERTIFY!