Many Ways to Get involved!

The NBCRNA offers many ways to get involved to advance your profession through credentialing-related work. In fact, the NBCRNA has more than 300 volunteers each year! Some of these include appointments to one of our many committees and subcommittees, including Professional Practice Analysis, Standard Setting, and Item-Writing to name a few. We also recently launched a Visiting Research Fellowship, an Emerging Leader Fellowship on the NBCRNA Board of Directors, and open positions on the Board of Directors. Interested? Email us at info@nbcrna.com and thank you for your interest.

Over 3,000 Potential Volunteers for CPCA Pilot  

In August 2019, the NBCRNA sent a call for 600 volunteers for a pilot administration of the Continued Professional Certification Assessment (CPCA). Those interested in participating were asked to complete a brief survey. When the survey closed on August 19, 2019, more than 3,000 CRNAs had taken the survey. The final participants will be selected to be representative of the CRNA population (using key demographic characteristics) and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Notifications were sent in October 2019, and the pilot testing period will start and end in February 2020.

General information about the pilot:

  • As was announced February 2019, the CPCA is not pass/fail, but rather the required self-evaluation component of the CPC Program.
  • All CRNAs will eventually need to take the CPCA, but this is an opportunity to take it early and at a 50% discount ($150 vs. $295 published fee), while checking off this requirement.
  • Pilot participants were selected to be representative of the CRNA population and on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline to take the survey for possible participation closed in August 2019. Thank you to all who submitted!


WHEN

The submission period  for possible participation in the CPCA pilot closed August 19, 2019. The pilot testing period occured February 3-22, 2020. 

 

RESULTS

Pilot participants who meet the performance standard on the CPCA pilot will have met the assessment requirement for their current 8-year CPC period. Those who do not meet the performance standard on the CPCA pilot will not have to test again, but will need to take continuing education in domains noted as needing improvement. This requirement is the same for both pilot participants and any CRNA taking the CPCA in the future. Learn more about Continued Professional Certification and the CPCA here. 

RESULTS

Pilot participants who meet the performance standard on the CPCA pilot will have met the assessment requirement for their current 8-year CPC period. Those who do not meet the performance standard on the CPCA pilot will not have to test again, but will need to take continuing education in domains noted as needing improvement. This requirement is the same for both pilot participants and any CRNA taking the CPCA in the future. Learn more about Continued Professional Certification and the CPCA here

NBCRNA Visiting Research Fellowship

In August 2019, the NBCRNA launched its new Visiting Research Fellowship (VRF) Program with a call for applications. The VRF is a competitive two-year fellowship program stemming from the work of the NBCRNA Evaluation and Research Advisory Committee (ERAC) to provide a fellowship opportunity to CRNAs interested in performing research into professional certification and credentialing.

NBCRNA welcomes the new Visiting Research Fellow (VRF), Natalie Meyers, MS, CRNA, to the Evaluation and Research Advisory Committee (ERAC).

Read more about NBCRNA’s research initiatives here. Questions? Email nominations@nbcrna.com or call 855-285-4658.