September 12, 2012 - The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) today announced a new portfolio credential for Emergency Nurse Practitioners. This new credential, announced at ENA’s annual conference in San Diego, will help validate emergency nurse practitioners’ unique knowledge and skills. ANCC supports ENA members and all emergency nurse practitioners in their pursuit to be recognized for excellence in their specialty area. The new credentialing program is scheduled to launch in late 2013.
ANCC’s portfolio serves as an alternative method for credentialing these practitioners as experts in their field. The portfolio requires equivalent rigor to meet accrediting bodies’ criteria to determine expertise through a peer review process informed by nurse experts.
Nurses credentialed through the ANCC portfolio are established as experts in their specialties and are among the highest-qualified nurses in the world. These credentials foster both professional growth and job satisfaction while demonstrating a nurse’s commitment to providing excellent care.
“Credentialing through portfolio is an excellent method for credentialing and will greatly serve the nursing profession as nurses’ knowledge grows ever more specialized. This program has been under rigorous development for many years. We are thrilled to launch this program with the Emergency Nurses Association,” said ANCC Executive Director Karen Drenkard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.
“We are proud to partner with ANCC in offering this important credential for emergency nurses,” said ENA President Gail Lenehan, EdD, MSN, FAEN, FAAN. “The Emergency Nurse Practitioner credential will serve to recognize a special and important set of skills and education that these nurses will bring to patient care. Emergency Nurse Practitioners are an important component of the national health care team and treat thousands of patients across the nation. A national credential for emergency nurse practitioners will recognize and validate the specialized work of emergency nurse practitioners, and we must acknowledge the vital role that ENA’s Emergency Nurse Practitioner Committee has played in bringing us to this point."
ANCC incorporates the latest nursing practice standards, ensuring that nurses are credentialed using the most current criteria. ANCC’s experience with in-house test development using psychometric practices provides an excellent foundation for the development of the Emergency Nurse Practitioner portfolio credential. The ability to develop and administer individual credentialing programs is one of ANCC’s core competencies, and it is the only nurse credentialing organization to achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification in the design, development, and delivery of global credentialing services and support products for nurses and healthcare organizations.
Sources: American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Emergency Nurses Association.