The American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (AAENP) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) are developing the first board specialty certification examination for nurse practitioners who practice in emergency care.
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The AAENP and AANPCP collaboration will provide a certification program that aligns with the APRN Consensus Model for specialty nursing practice and meets national accreditation standards. Individuals practicing in the emergency care setting who seek certification are eligible to take the examination provided that they have completed an appropriate graduate degree and have primary certification as a family nurse practitioner.
The committee (composed of members of AAENP and AANPCP) held a conference call Jan. 20, 2016, and met in Dallas on Feb. 26–28 to discuss the next steps in the ENP certification process. The vendor for test certification is Professional Exam Service. The group has enlisted three panels:
- Panel I: Practice Analysis (Role Delineation)
- Panel II: Subject Matter Experts
- Panel III: Test Construction/Item Writers
While a specific launch date for the ENP certification examination has not yet been established, the anticipated timeframe will be Jan. 1, 2017. Eligibility to take the examination is based on the candidate meeting the following requirements:
- Current, active registered nurse license in the United States, US territories, or a Canadian province or territory.
- Current national certification as a family nurse practitioner.
- Emergency care specialty content that includes at least one of the following: a minimum of 2,000 direct emergency care practice hours in the past five years and evidence of 100 hours of continuing emergency care education with a minimum of 30 of those hours in emergency care procedural skills within those five years; completion of an academic emergency care graduate or post-graduate nurse practitioner program; or completion of an approved emergency fellowship program.
Dr. Hoyt is chair of the NP Validation Committee for AAENP, a clinical professor at the University of San Diego, and an emergency nurse practitioner at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, California. She is editor of the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal.