Important CRNI® September 2020 Exam Updates
August 5, 2020
In an effort to increase the number of available test dates, INCC has extended the testing period to run from August 15, 2020 through September 30, 2020. We recommend that you schedule your exam as soon as possible and we encourage you to choose a date early in the testing window. In a few days, be on the lookout for an eligibility confirmation email from PSI/AMP, INCC’s testing company, to schedule your exam. We also encourage you to review important updates concerning COVID-19, as well as the precautions being taken to help keep all exam candidates healthy and safe while taking the exam: https://www.psionline.com/important-notice-update-concerning-covid-19-coronavirus/
As an added layer of quality assurance, results of the September 2020 administration will be slightly delayed. Subject matter experts will review the statistical performance of each exam item, as well as all candidates’ comments. This important process helps ensure that each candidate is scored accurately and appropriately. It also helps verify the validity of the passing point for the examination set by INCC. Final score reports will be issued no later than October 30, 2020. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact INCC.
Best of luck on the exam!
Lived Experiences During COVID-19
Nurses in the United States and around the world have answered the call to care for patients infected with COVID-19 in every imaginable setting, including hospitals, home care, outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, and testing sites. All nursing roles, including direct care staff, managers, nurse educators, and researchers, make a difference in the lives of patients, healthcare colleagues, and in the community. INS is honored to recognize your contributions, as well as your personal and professional experiences, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your courage, compassion, dedication, and all you do each day! For more information, to read stories that have been shared by others, or to share your story with the infusion community, click here.
During COVID-19, Supporting Superheroes is offering free coaching to anyone supporting the COVID-19 efforts. This is not an attempt to sell you anything, and all sessions are confidential, online and flexible. Volunteers have years of experience supporting executives who operate at the top of their game, even under stressful conditions. Supporting Superheroes believes that right now, nurses deserve all the support they can offer. In times of crisis, stress is normal. However, an ongoing crisis like what we are seeing now can push people from stress into exhaustion, burnout or collapse. Skillful coaching can help people in the game.
If you believe coaching could be useful to you or others in your organization visit www.supportingsuperheroes.org.
INS 2020 is going Virtual
May 22, 2020
INS is pleased to announce the dates for INS 2020 Virtual! On September 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 11:00 AM EST-5:00 PM EST, we will be hosting the premier event in the infusion therapy specialty- VIRTUALLY! INS 2020 Virtual will deliver an immersive and rewarding educational experience, including a Virtual Exhibition where industry leading companies will showcase the latest innovations and emerging technologies in the specialty. We will have additional, exciting details for you in the coming weeks.
For those who have already registered for the in-person event, your registration will automatically carry over to the virtual conference. If you need to cancel your registration, please contact INS in writing by July 1 for a full refund. The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino will automatically cancel any hotel rooms reserved for August and you should receive an email confirmation within a week. For those who have not yet registered, you may do so here.
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, click here. Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions. We would like to thank our members and the infusion therapy community for their continued support and commitment to the specialty. We look forward to seeing you VIRTUALLY at INS 2020!
A Moment for your Mental Health
APNA has made valuable resources available at no cost, to help those coping with stress during this difficult time. Managing Stress & Self-Care During COVID-19: Information to Nurses, APNA’s info page, has been recently updated based on feedback from member experts on nurse stress & trauma. The information directly addresses the firsthand stress, moral distress, and trauma that nurses are experiencing right now, especially on the frontlines, including a section on how to seek help. Click here for more info.
Mindfulness in the Workplace: Practical Application is a relatively short session that may be helpful to people who are managing their busy home and work lives. It offers .5 contact hours as well. This free resource is available here.
Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19 Health Care Challenges
INS acknowledges the plight of the public, our members and valued colleagues, as we work collectively to manage the many concerns associated with COVID-19. Many are asking if INS is able to give “new guidance” regarding modification for adherence to the INS Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice. While we are presently unable to recommend modifications to the established standards of practice (e.g., extend dressing change intervals, extend administration set change intervals, etc.), we recognize the challenges many are facing due to the limited number of caregivers and the scarcity of supplies.
Management of Supply Shortages
INS acknowledges the plight of our public, members and valued colleagues as we work collectively to manage the many concerns associated with COVID-19. Many are asking if INS is able to give “new guidance” regarding modification for adherence to the INS Infusion Therapy standards of practice. While we are unable, at this time, to recommend modifications to the established standards of practice (e.g., extend dressing change intervals; extend administration set change intervals), we recognize the challenges many are facing due to scarcity of supplies and also limited number of caregivers.
When experiencing scarcity or depletion of PPE and other health care supplies due to the Covid-19 pandemic, each organization must determine best alternative practices to ensure safest care for the patient and protection for the caregiver.
Please reference these resources posted on the CDC website:
- Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE
- Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Eye Protection
- Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Isolation Gowns
- Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks
- Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators
- Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Protective Equipment
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