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The Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board (RNCB) welcomes two new members!

Andrea J. Davis, MSN RN NE-BC CRRN CBIS

Davis AndreaI have been a nurse for 12 years and have over 30 years of experience in health care. I currently work as the nurse manager for the brain injury and pediatric programs at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital in Jacksonville, FL. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Florida and my master’s degree from Florida State University; I am currently enrolled in the DNP program at the University of North Florida. I am certified as a rehabilitation nurse, a nurse executive, and a brain injury specialist.

I became involved in rehabilitation nursing during my employment in the transitional care unit at UF Health Jacksonville after realizing that caring for people with physical disabilities and chronic illnesses can reap great rewards. There is nothing more satisfying than being part of someone’s recovery following a catastrophic illness or accident.

Serving on the RNCB is an opportunity to become actively involved in the profession of rehabilitation nursing and to serve not only as a clinician but as a role model for future nurse leaders. It is important to build relationships and help shape policy as it relates to practice, and what better way to stay connected than to serve as a board member!

Stella Mason, MBA MSN RN CRRN

Mason StellaI have been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and a CRRN since 2007. I am currently area director of operations, covering the Southeast, with Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services. Prior to joining Kindred, I gained 11 years of experience as a director, at various in-patient facilities. I started my career in oncology and palliative care in England and was regional director of cancer services prior to immigrating to the USA.

I have a master’s degree in business administration from Southampton University (England) and also hold a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix. I am a passionate CRRN and an advocate for rehab nursing.

I feel honored to have been selected to be a member of the RNCB and look forward to serving CRRNs.

We Heard You: Changes to the CRRN Renewal Application Are Here!

Starting in 2018, CRRNs due to renew are no longer required to detail each professional development activity on the renewal application. The process has been simplified so all that is required is a statement of attestation. By completing and submitting the application, you are attesting that you have met the criteria to renew your CRRN.

While the process has changed, the fundamentals stay the same:

Points of credit. CRRNs still need to complete 60 points of credit within the 5-year certification period through a combination of continuing education, presentation, professional publication, academic coursework, and community service. All activities must be related to rehabilitation nursing and there are specific criteria for each category. Please visit the website for complete details.

Rehabilitation nursing experience. CRRNs still need to have at least 2 years of rehabilitation nursing experience within the 5-year certification period OR 1 year of rehabilitation nursing experience and 1 year of advanced study in nursing (beyond baccalaureate) within the 5-year certification period.

RN licensure. A current, unrestricted RN license is still required for CRRN renewal.

Audits. A random sample of applications will be selected for audit during each renewal cycle. Those selected for audit must provide documentation of their professional development activities, such as certificates of completion or a college transcript. As part of the audit process, professional colleagues will be contacted to verify the renewing candidate’s rehabilitation nursing experience.

We hope these changes help simplify the renewal process and encourage you to complete your application without hesitation!