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“ALL OUT” FOR EXCELLENCE CERTIFICATION AND DEGREE COMPLETION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH NURSES. Quad Council for Public Health Nursing Organizations Educational Webinar April 11, 2012. PRESENTERS. Moderator: Glynnis LaRosa, RN, MPH, CPHQ ASTDN President 2011-12 Boston, MA Presenters:

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all out for excellence certification and degree completion for public health nurses

Quad Council for Public Health Nursing Organizations

Educational Webinar

April 11, 2012



  • Glynnis LaRosa, RN, MPH, CPHQ

ASTDN President 2011-12

Boston, MA


  • Lisa Campbell, DNP, RN, APHN-BC, GNP-BC


Victoria, TX

  • Michelle Cravetz, MS, RN-BC, APHN-BCASTDN, ACHNE, PHN Section-APHA

Albany, NY

  • Christine Vandenhouten, PhD, RN, APHN-BCACHNE, PHN Section-APHA

Green Bay, Wisconsin


ACHNE Education Committee Members

Barbara Battin Little, DNP, MPH, RN, APHN-BC, CNE (Chair)

Pamela Ark, PhD, RN

Laurel Janssen Breen, PhD RN CNE

Crystal DeVance-Wilson, MSN, MBA, APRN, BC

Mary Ann Drake, PhD, RN

Diane Ernst, RN, MSN, MBA, PhD

Cathy Hughes, DNP, MSN, RN

Joan Kub, PhD, APHN-BC

Eileen Sarsfield, PhD, PHCNS-BC 

Christine Savage, RN, PhD, CARN

Christine L. Vandenhouten, PhD, RN, APHN-BC


  • PHN Practice Standards and Credentialing
  • Education
    • PHN Ready Program – continuing education
    • RN-to-BSN and Masters Programs
  • National Certifications
    • American Nurses Credentialing Center
    • National Board of Public Health Examiners
    • Resources for studying
learning objectives
Learning Objectives

At the end of this offering, the learner will be able to:

  • List at least three ways PHNs are accountable for their practice
  • Describe continuing education opportunities through the Public Health Nurse Ready Program
  • Locate resources for RN-to-BSN and Masters degree completion on the web
  • Describe opportunities for PHNs to attain certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the National Board of Public Health Examiners
  • Apply exam preparation strategies to certification exams
professionals are accountable for their practice
Professionals are Accountable for their Practice

Public Health Nurses are accountable 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.
establishing phn credentials
Establishing PHN Credentials
  • Level of education – Pre- and Post-employment requirements.
    • Scope and Standards require BSN as minimum for PHNs.
    • Some states require BSN as minimum education for PHNs.
  • Licensure – What is legally required to practice?
    • Cannot work as a nurse in the state without this credential.
    • Established by states – RN, APN.
  • Workplace requirements – Employer-based.
    • Verification of transcripts, licensure, work history.
    • Wide range of jobs in public health employ nurses.
    • May determine reimbursement.
public health nurse phn ready program
Public Health Nurse (PHN) Ready Program
  • Free, online education
  • Available 24/7 wherever there is internet access
  • Based on Quad Council competencies
  • CNE available for every offering - free
  • Awards a certificate
  • Especially valuable to nurses new to public health or re-entering the field
  • Useful to those who want a refresher
  • Does not offer academic credit – CNEs only
rn to bsn completion
RN-To-BSN Completion
  • Scope and Standards document: calls for BSN as entry level to Public Health
  • It is at the BSN level where the student learns about the community as patient
  • Myth or Fact?
  • To find a BSN completion program, go to:
seeking a higher degree
Seeking a Higher Degree
  • MSN and/or MPH?
  • Doctoral Degrees – DNP, PhD
  • Preparation for higher levels of practice/different type of practice?
  • See: Your Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs
  • Cost vs. benefit of getting the degree
  • Time commitments/restraints
  • Money – look for sources of financial assistance. See:, for future Nurse Educators:
  • Family and employer factors
  • Goals – career and personal
  • Format – in-person/on-line/hybrids
  • What are you looking for out of your educational experience?
  • What can you put in?
national certifications1
National Certifications
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center
    • For nurses only
  • National Board of Public Health Examiners
    • CPH – “Certified in Public Health”
    • Must have completed an MPH
    • Public health generalist
public health certification survey results
Public health Certification Survey Results

Perspectives from ACHNE, APHA-PHN, ASTDN, & ANA members

phn certification survey results
PHN Certification Survey Results
  • Survey Conducted in March/April, 2012
  • Sample: 897 Surveys completed
    • Membership in sponsoring organizations
phn certification survey results1
PHN Certification Survey Results
  • The Sample
    • Primary Setting
      • 65% Official PH setting
      • 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
phn certification survey results2
PHN Certification Survey Results

Certification Status

  • Majority (69%) of respondents are not certified in Public Health (PHN or PH)
    • 79% were never certified in PHN or PH
  • Current Certifications held include:
    • 4% (35) APHN-BC
    • 5% (42) PHCNS-BC
    • 3% (22) PH (non-nursing)
    • 22%(190) Hold other certifications
  • 60% interested in becoming certified
    • 55% PHN
    • 5% PH
phn certification survey results3
PHN Certification Survey Results

Rewards, Incentives, Barriers to Certification

  • 79% Were unaware of the new eligibility criteria for PHN certification.
  • 90% Employers do not require certification
  • 75% No incentive offered by employer
  • 12% Certification helped them when applying to new positions
      • 32% Felt it did not help
      • 55% Did not know if it made a difference
phn certification survey results4
PHN Certification Survey Results

Barriers to Certification

  • 52% Lack of knowledge of certification opportunities
  • 52% Unaware of eligibility criteria
  • 41% Cost
  • 40% Not valued/rewarded by employer
  • 36% Time to Prepare
  • 16% Other - retired, job security in question, no study guide, unaware of testing process or location.
phn certification survey results5
PHN Certification Survey Results

Motivators to becoming Certified

  • 58% Enhanced Professional Credibility
  • 55% Evidence of Professional Commitment
  • 51% Personal Satisfaction
  • 50% Feeling of Personal Accomplishment
  • 49% Validates Specialized Knowledge
  • 44% Professional Challenge
  • 42% Indicates Higher Level of Clinical Competence
  • 32% Increased Marketability
  • 26% Recognition from Peers
  • 25% Recognition from other Healthcare Professionals
  • 14% Required by Employer
  • 12% Increased Consumer Confidence
  • 10% Increased Salary
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PHN Certification Survey Results

Certification Preparation

  • 62% 4 - One hour webinars with content review
  • 58% One hour webinar certification options
  • 57% One hour webinar How to Prepare/Study Resources
  • 32% 4 Hour Content Review Webinar
  • 7% Other
      • Regional review (face to face)
      • One on One trainings
      • Self-paced, self study modules online
      • Study guide (paper)
american nurses credentialing center ancc
  • Different categories have been provided for PHNs
    • Public Health Nurse, Advanced (APHN-BC-Advanced Public Health Nurse-Board Certified). Currently available.
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public/Community Health (PHCNS-BC) – Exam has been retired/can be renewed if professional development and practice hours requirements are met. No testing option for renewal.
    • Community Health Nursing - Exam also retired, but can be renewed if professional development and practice hour requirements have been met. No testing option for renewal.
  • Initial certification is renewed every 5 years.
recertification issues ancc
Recertification Issues - ANCC
  • Can track continuing education credits in the ANCC system between certification periods, which is very helpful.
  • TRAIN and other Learning Management Systems may also be used to track hours of continuing education.
  • Applications for renewal are due 8 weeks before certification lapses.
  • For 2 exams(Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public/ Community Health or PHCNS-BC and Community Health Nursing), there is no testing option available for renewal.
options for renewal
Options for Renewal

Option A: Professional Development plus Practice Hours

  • Current, active RN license;
  • Hold a current ANCC certification (not lapsed);
  • Complete within the 5 years preceding renewal application:
    • Professional development requirements for your certification specialty; and
    • 1,000 practice hours in your certification role and population/specialty.

Option B: Professional Development plus Testing

This option applies only to those certifications in which an exam is available.

  • Current, active RN license;
  • Hold a current ANCC certification;
  • Within the 5 years preceding your renewal application:
    • Complete the professional development requirements for your specific certification; and
    • Pass the exam. (If you do not pass the exam, your certification is no longer valid.)
practice hours required for renewal
Practice Hours Required for renewal
  • You must complete a minimum of 1,000 practice hours in your certification specialty within the 5 years preceding the postmark on your renewal application.
  • You can count hours of employment or as a volunteer.
  • Faculty can use hours of direct clinical supervision of students for clinical practice. The direct clinical supervision must be in the certification specialty.
  • Advanced practice (CNS and NP) faculty must have direct supervision of advanced practice nursing students.
professional development hours required for renewal
Professional Development Hours required for Renewal
  • Must be completed within the 5 years preceding renewal in two of the six professional development categories.
  • Categories 1–5 may be doubled; 6 may not. (See next slide for categories.)
  • Beginning January 1, 2014, all candidates must complete Category 1 (75 continuing education hours), plus one additional category.
  • Candidates are allowed to fulfill the entire Professional Development requirement by submitting twice under Category 1, for a total of 150 continuing education hours.
materials and resources available from ancc
Materials and resourcesAvailable from ANCC
  • Sample test questions
  • 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
  • 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
  • Recommended Reading List
  • Review Seminar - Available to schools/agencies
    • School/agency provides space and audio-visual needs
    • A minimum of 25 attendees are required, but with advanced notice, ANCC will market to fill the room.
    • Nurses from your agency can get a substantial discount to attend.
national board of public health examiners nbphe
National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE)
  • CPH exam – “Certified in Public Health”
  • Generalist; not specific to PH Nursing
  • An alternative certification for those who have earned a graduate level degree (Masters or Doctoral) from a school or program of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
  • May compete with ANCC for credentialing of PHNs with MPH
  • Maintenance requirements currently being determined – 50 hours every 2 years
exam preparation
Exam Preparation
  • Both organizations have study guides available.
  • Additional information is available on their websites.
  • Develop a study plan early.
cph exam resources
CPH Exam Resources
  • Online resources available:
  • ASPH Study Guide:
  • Jones and Bartlett Study Guide:

  • Webinars on NBPHE website:
  • Practice Exam Questions can be found at
preparing for certifying exams study tips
Preparing for Certifying exams – study tips

What can you do on your own?

  • Read all materials on the website very carefully.
  • Look carefully at the topical areas covered and assess where you need to spend more of your time preparing.
  • Use current texts to study.
  • Review class notes and materials.
  • Look up online resources
  • Download and take the sample test.
more study tips
More Study Tips…
  • Prepare for the process of test-taking:
    • Review the test procedures described on the website.
    • Find out where your nearest testing center is. 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.”
    • If you think you can muster 25 people, consider asking ANCC to give a review course at your facility.
study guide
Study Guide
  • Refer to the Study Guide.
  • Formatted by Topical Area.
  • See Reference List.
upcoming workshops
Upcoming Workshops



Saturday, June 9th

10:15 -11:15 AM

Portland, Oregon

Overview of certification process and study tips

  • Wednesday, May 9th
  • 12:30 to 4 PM
  • Austin, TX
  • Review of study guide and study tips
questions answers
  • The link to the archive and the slides will be posted on the ASTDN website at
  • An email will be sent via the ASTDN, ACHNE, and APHA-PHN section list serves when the archive is ready
  • Dr. Lisa Campbell can be contacted via email with further certification questions:
thank you
Thank you!
  • Thank you for attending today’s presentation.
  • For additional information:
    • Study Guide
    • Resource Handout

Please consider taking the certification exam!