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8 Tips for Preparing for Your Certification Exam

Posted by Taylor Niss on Aug 3, 2022 12:43:39 PM


Congratulations! You have taken the first step toward earning your credential by recognizing the importance of certification and deciding to begin exam preparation. Now is the time to study and make sure you adequately prepare. Here are a few tips to help as you start this process.

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Professional Development Recommendations

Posted by Taylor Niss on Feb 22, 2022 1:26:55 PM

young-asia-student-study-in-the-public-library-she-making-note-on-picture-id1134467673Professional development is an integral component of staying informed on new findings and best practices in a continuously changing field. By completing professional development activities, you can learn about current best practices and new findings within the perioperative field. These opportunities come in a variety of forms and are available to everyone. Here are some professional development opportunities for you to consider.

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CNOR Recertification by Professional Activity Points

Posted by Taylor Niss on Dec 16, 2021 1:58:17 PM


The modern perioperative setting is continuously changing and evolving, requiring a conscious effort to maintain competency. By pursuing recertification, you demonstrate a continued dedication to perioperative excellence and a personal commitment to patient safety.

Recertification by professional activity points allows nurses to engage in various activities that will count towards the recertification of their credential. Many nurses are already performing activities at work that are worth points. If this is your first time utilizing points, we are confident that you will find professional activity points to be a flexible and convenient path to recertifying your CNOR credential.

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Topics: CNOR, Recertification

6 Ways Nurses Can Celebrate the Holidays in 2021

Posted by Taylor Niss on Dec 8, 2021 11:31:28 AM

Decorations during a pandemic

As we all work to navigate life among COVID-19, frontline workers will experience another taxing holiday season. As a nurse, you may expect to work some holidays, but this year many find themselves without a choice due to understaffed facilities from COVID-19. Here are a few ideas for making the holidays a little merrier amid the chaos.

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Volunteer With CCI as a Certification Coach!

Posted by Taylor Niss on Nov 18, 2021 4:23:58 PM

Coach Logo _ 2022 (2)-1CCI established the Certification Coaches program as an opportunity for certified nurses to become more involved with CCI, certification, and their fellow nurses. The Certification Coaches program acts as a volunteer mentorship opportunity for nurses dedicated to helping others achieve certification in the perioperative field, thus increasing overall patient safety.

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Get to Know CFPN

Posted by Taylor Niss on Oct 22, 2021 2:39:25 PM

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The Certified Foundational Perioperative Nurse (CFPN) credential is the newest certification from CCI. It is designed to give perioperative nurses with less than 23 months in the operating room a firm foundation for career-long professional development success. Additionally, earning the CFPN certification puts early-career perioperative nurses on the fast track to earning either CNOR or CNAMB.

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TrueNorth Award Application: The Best Advice

Posted by Taylor Niss on Sep 29, 2021 11:52:45 AM


As the only accredited credentialing program for perioperative registered nurses, CCI's credentials are the gold standard. Earning a certification is a mark of distinction and a highly sought-after personal and professional accomplishment. Certified nurses are committed to providing the highest quality of care to their surgical patients.

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Topics: TrueNorth

2021 TrueNorth Winner: Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command San Diego

Posted by Taylor Niss on Sep 1, 2021 1:26:07 PM

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Specialty nursing certification validates a nurse’s knowledge, skills, and abilities in a defined role and clinical area of practice. Nurses who pursue certification, and the organizations that support and encourage them, demonstrate a commitment to exceptional patient safety and a mastery of current standards in their field of practice.

CCI developed the TrueNorth Award in 2013 to recognize facilities that use certification as a “true north” to guide their perioperative nurses to be models of competent practice, advocates for patient safety excellence, and lifelong learners. To be considered for this high award of merit, facilities must submit an application detailing how their organization recognizes and rewards nurses who earn their certification, and the impact certification has on patients and staff. Applicants must also include letters of endorsement to support the efforts of their facility.

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Get To Know CNAMB

Posted by Taylor Niss on Aug 12, 2021 5:27:33 PM


The Certified Ambulatory Surgery Nurse (CNAMB) certification was developed for perioperative nurses working in the ambulatory surgery setting seeking to improve and validate their professional competencies. CNAMB certification assesses the knowledge and skills of a perioperative nurse with a minimum of two years of clinical practice in the ambulatory surgery setting and confirms a certificant has met established eligibility standards of competence.

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Get to Know CSSM

Posted by Taylor Niss on Sep 22, 2020 12:05:33 PM


The Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM) credential is one of a kind. CSSM is a perioperative management credential designed for perioperative managers, directors, and nurses who oversee personnel, a budget, a business unit, or a service line. Earning the CSSM is a mark of distinction and recognizes the significant role managers play in delivering safe patient care. If you’re in a perioperative management role, then the CSSM certification may be right for you!

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Topics: CSSM