FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Information: Janet D'Alesandro (856) 256-2422; email@example.com Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission to Pilot New Advanced Practice Certification Exam PITMAN, NJ Responding to increased demand from advanced practice nurses, the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) is developing a certification for nephrology nurse practitioners. As part of the process, NNCC will be pilot testing a new certification exam during the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) National Symposium in April in Nashville, TN, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. The exam will be offered at no charge on April 1, 2006, from 8 a.m. 12 p.m. (check-in time 7:30 a.m.); and from 1 p.m. 5 p.m. (check-in 12:30 p.m.). The deadline to apply for that test sitting is March 1, 2006. For those who cannot attend that day, the exam will also be offered at multiple sites across the country on May 6, 2006, from 8 a.m. 12 p.m. (check-in 7:30 a.m.; application deadline April 6, 2006). For more information about the exam, visit NNCCs Web site at www.nncc-exam.org or call 888-884-NNCC (6622). An application is available on the Web site as well as information about the pilot exam application process, eligibility, test locations and application deadlines. The number of advanced practice nephrology nurses has been on a dramatic upswing in recent years, according to NNCC President Elect Troy Russell, MSN, RN, APRN, BC, CNN. Nurses know certification opens doors for them professionally, validates their expertise and protects patients by promoting quality nursing care. NNCC expects to complete pilot testing in May 2006 and offer the nephrology nurse practitioner certification exam at the ANNA Fall Meeting in Boston, MA, in September 2006. More information will be available once pilot testing is completed. Eligibility Nurses interested in taking the pilot test must have at least a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree and must also be recognized by their state as a nurse practitioner (NP). It is also recommended, but not required for the pilot, that applicants have a minimum of 2,000 hours work experience as a nephrology nurse practitioner. The applicant must be a practicing NP. About NNCC and Certification Formerly known as the Nephrology Nursing Certification Board (NNCB), the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) was established in 1987 to promote the highest standards of nephrology nursing. NNCC collaborates with the Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET) in developing, administering and evaluating certification tests. NNCC currently offers three certifications: the Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN), the Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN) and the Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT). For more information, visit www.nncc-exam.org.