Keep Your Travel Nurse Certifications Current
As a qualified travel nurse, it’s not just enough to be passionate about what you do. Though passion is important, you also must show you’re up to date on your professional nursing knowledge. And this is especially true of any certifications you hold with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Keeping your certifications current shows your continued competence within your certification, helps keep patients in your care safe, and demonstrates your commitment to continuous learning—all of which prove your nursing excellence.
Certification renewal is easy if you follow the ANCC guidelines. Here’s what you need to know.
How to renew your ANCC certifications
You have five years after your certification becomes current to renew it. You can do this through either taking an exam or earning at least 1,000 practice hours in the specialty you’re certified in. According to the ANCC, you must also:
- Hold a current active RN license.
- Complete all professional development requirements.
- Pay the renewal fee.
What counts as professional development?
To earn your required professional development credits, you have several options. These include:
- Continuing education—you must earn a minimum of 75 continuing education hours in an approved CNE or CME program, or through an accepted agency, program or course of study.
- Academic credits—by enrolling in an academic course to earn five semester credits or six quarter credits based on number of contact hours.
- Presentations—as the primary presenter, for a total of at least five hours.
- Publication or research—you must have an article(s) published in a journal or book related to your certification.
- Preceptor hours—by teaching students in a program related to your certification for at least 120 hours.
- Professional service—with two or more years of volunteer service in your certification.
You can learn more about any of the above by visiting the ANCC website.
Your recruiter can help
Five years can go by very quickly, so it makes sense to plan how you’ll maintain your certification right after you earn it. And if you’re working with a recruiter for your travel nurse placements, she can be a valuable resource for certification renewal—helping you stay on track with renewal requirements.
You can rely on TaleMed
The medical staffing professionals at TaleMed specialize in the placement of travel nurses with positions across the country. And we’ll work with you to plan for all your certification renewal steps—so you can rest easy that your certifications are always current. Plus, we’ll pick up the tab on your CEU credits.
Whether you’re traveling to Louisville, Kentucky, or another location, TaleMed is your number one source for quality travel nurse placements. To learn more, visit our nursing page, or contact us today.