Criteria for Renewal by Points of Credit
To be eligible for renewal by points of credit, CRRNs must have:
Beginning in 2014, renewing CRRNs will be required to validate that the content or topic of each professional development activity is related to rehabilitation nursing by identifying the corresponding domain. The domains are:
These domains are based on the content outline for the CRRN examination and cover the scope of rehabilitation nursing.
One contact hour equals 1 point of credit. Continuing education is defined as learning activities intended to build upon the educational bases of the professional nurse for the enhancement of practice, education, administration, research, or theory development and that have the goal of improving the health of the public. Examples of continuing education include conferences, workshops, seminars, or independent-study activities such as journal articles, videotape, audiotape, or CD-ROM programs. There is no limit on the number of points that can be earned through independent study. There are two requirements for obtaining continuing education points of credit. Two-thirds of the contact hours must be approved by a national or state nursing organization, and all of the contact hours must be related to rehabilitation nursing.
Nursing Organization Approval
The nursing education approval system can seem complex. Most organizations that meet our definition of a national or state nursing organization have the words "nurse" or "nursing" in their titles. In most cases, the name of the organization that approved the program will be listed on the certificate.
The following definitions might be helpful in preparing your points-of-credit renewal application:
American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation
While accreditation by ANCC-COA is not required for CRRN renewal, many organizations do use its provider and approval systems. We receive many calls from CRRNs regarding ANCC-COA, and the following information is provided to help CRRNs determine the "approver" of various programs.
If a program provider has received approval (to offer nursing contact hours) from a nursing organization that is accredited by ANCC-COA as an approver of continuing education, the program's certificate of attendance will contain wording to that effect. One example might be, "Approved by the Generic Nurses Association, which is accredited as an approver of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation." In this case, "Generic Nurses Association" should be considered the "national or state nursing organization that approved the program" and the hours are acceptable as approved by a state or national nursing organization for CRRN renewal.
If the program provider is accredited as a provider by ANCC-COA, the program's certificate of attendance will contain wording to that effect. One example might be, "North Valley General Hospital is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation." These hours are acceptable as approved by a state or national nursing organization for CRRN renewal.
If you attend a program in which the accredited provider is a nursing organization, that nursing organization is considered to be the approver, and the hours are acceptable for CRRN renewal.
Consider the following scenarios:
Remember that renewal criteria for continuing education require that two-thirds of the contact hours submitted must be approved by a national or state nursing organization; ANCC-COA accreditation is not specifically required. Not all nursing organizations are accredited by ANCC-COA. Many state boards of nursing have their own approval systems for educational programming. If you attend a program that is approved by a state board of nursing, such approval should be noted on the certificate of attendance, and the state board of nursing should be considered the national or state nursing organization that approved the program. Often, certificates of attendance for programs that have been approved by state boards of nursing will list the acronym, "BRN," which stands for board of registered nursing, followed by a provider number.
National and State Nursing Organizations
If the contact hours earned through these organizations were not approved by a nursing organization, the contact hours cannot be considered "approved by a national or state nursing organization."
Programs that are designed to meet the continuing education requirements of a board of nursing but are not specifically provided, approved, or accredited by a national or state nursing organization are not considered nursing-approved.
Related to Rehabilitation Nursing
Rehabilitation nursing is a specialty practice area within the scope of professional nursing. It involves the diagnosis and treatment of human responses of individuals and groups to actual or potential health problems resulting from altered functional ability and altered lifestyle.
The goal of rehabilitation nursing is to assist individuals with disabilities and chronic illness in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal health. The rehabilitation nurse is skilled at treating alterations in functional ability and lifestyle resulting from injury, disability, and chronic illness.
Rehabilitation nurses provide comfort, therapy and education, promote health-conducive adjustments, support adaptive capabilities, and promote achievable independence. Rehabilitation nurses provide holistic, comprehensive, and compassionate end-of-life care, including promotion of comfort and relief of pain.
Rehabilitation nursing practice occurs in many settings and involves a variety of roles.
So what is rehabilitation-related? Think of it this way–if the topic covers an issue, diagnosis, treatment, or situation that could be part of restoring, maintaining, or promoting optimal health for people with physical disability or chronic illness, consider it related to rehabilitation nursing. Some potentially rehabilitation-related topics include:
You may earn points by participating in presentations as an instructor delivering rehabilitation nursing content to nurses and other healthcare professionals. The presentation must be delivered within a structured framework of teaching and learning for which national or state nursing organization-approved contact hours have been awarded. In otherwords, if the presentation was not approved by a national or state nursing organization to offer nursing contact hours, it cannot be used toward CRRN renewal.
Academic coursework is defined as work for which one receives postsecondary academic credit at the college level that is related to rehabilitation nursing practice. Please refer to the definition of rehabilitation nursing to determine if a course can be consider related to rehabilitation nursing.
You will receive 12 points of credit for each original manuscript (journal article or text chapter) published or accepted for publication in a healthcare professional publication. A journal article or text chapter may only be used once for points of credit (i.e. you may not earn points for both the acceptance and publication of the same manuscript). Up to 36 points will be accepted.
Volunteer activities in which you participate that are intended to educate the public, improve the quality of life for physically disabled or chronically ill people, or improve the practice of professional rehabilitation nursing. The following are acceptable activities and their point values:
A maximum of 10 points will be accepted. You may not receive credit for activities for which you receive payment for your services in excess of $75 or activities that are considered part of your employment.
It is helpful to organize your records as you earn points, so that you know how many more points you need, as well as to save time when applying for renewal. Be sure to keep your certificates of attendance. It is an unfortunate event when, after collecting points for 5 years, a CRRN is unable to locate his or her certificates of attendance and does not know how many points he or she has accumulated!