FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Information: Janet D'Alesandro (856) 256-2422; firstname.lastname@example.org Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission Offers First Advanced Practice Certification Exam PITMAN, NJ The Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) is offering the first Certified Nephrology Nurse Nurse Practitioner (CNN-NP) exam on Thursday, September 21, 2006, in Boston, MA. The exam will be held prior to the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) Fall Meeting at the Westin Boston Waterfront from 12:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. The deadline to apply is July 28, 2006, and the application fee is $325 for ANNA members and $350 for non-members. More information about the exam, eligibility requirements and an application for download are available on the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC) Web site, www.nncc-exam.org. NNCC can be reached by phone at 888-884-NNCC (6622) and e-mail at email@example.com. The demand for this exam has peaked in recent years, according to NNCC President-Elect Troy Russell, MSN, RN, APRN, BC, CNN. Advanced practice nephrology nurses wanted a way to validate their expertise for the protection of patients through an appropriate certification, and we responded. We are very excited and proud that we can offer them this opportunity. The exam was pilot tested successfully in April during ANNAs National Symposium in Nashville, TN, and during a multi-site testing in May. Once that process was completed, NNCC finalized the exam and the application. Beginning October 7, 2006, the CNN-NP exam will be offered on the same schedule as other NNCC nursing examinations at test sites across the country. Eligibility Nurses interested in taking the exam must hold a full and unrestricted license as a registered nurse in the United States or its territories and be recognized by their state as an NP, as well as hold national certification. Applicants must have at least a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree, a minimum of 2,000 hours as an NP in nephrology within 2 years prior to submitting the application and must have completed 60 contact hours of approved continuing education units in nephrology in the past 2 years. 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. In addition to the new CNN-NP certification, NNCC 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.