Certified Nephrology Nurse Test
The Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN) test is a certification available to nurses who are experience in nephrology, the study of the diseases and functions of the kidneys. Offered by the Nephrology Nursing Certification Committee (NNCC), this certification identifies those nurses who have dedicated their time and efforts to become experts in their field. Certification also distinguishes you as a competent and knowledgeable nurse, and it opens the doors to many employment opportunities, as well as possible salary increases and bonuses.
- In order to take the CNN test, you must first be eligible for it. You must have a current, unrestricted nursing license from the United States and at least two years of nephrology nursing experience. This experience can include clinical staff, teaching, research, or administration, with at least 50 percent of the time spent in nephrology-related work in these areas. You must also meet the minimum education requirements, which include a bachelor’s degree in nursing and 30 hours of continuing education credits of nephrology nursing obtained within the past three years.
If you meet the requirements, you are eligible to apply for the CNN test. To do so, you will need to submit an application, which asks you for your personal information, education, RN license information, employment history, and payment method. Your nursing supervisor will also need to fill out a section certifying that you meet the requirements to take the CNN test. This is to prevent cases of lying or misrepresentation in order to achieve certification. You must then sign the application and include a copy of your college degree, current RN license, and continuing education certificates. You will also be required to pay a fee, which is $300 for members of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) and $350 for non-members. It is always a good idea to register on time, as a late registration will cost an additional $50.
The CNN test is available in either pencil-and-paper or computer-based format, depending on the test site. The pencil-and-paper version contains 200 multiple-choice questions that must be completed within four hours. The computer-based version consists of 175 questions that must be completed in three hours. The pass rate is 70-75 percent, depending on the test. There The CNN test contains five main content areas: renal failure concepts, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, transplant, and acute therapies. Candidates should be aware of renal complications, signs of renal failure, kidney disease treatments and therapies, appropriate medication, infection control, interventions, and patient education. Once you pass the CNN test, you remain certified for three years. You will receive your certification within six weeks. In addition, your name will be listed in an online searchable directory.
There are many resources available to you to help you pass the CNN test the first time. Test blueprints and specifications are available to give you an idea of what to expect on the test. Free sample questions are also often available. In addition, for a fee you can take online practice tests. These cost around $50 each time you take one of them, but they are helpful in your test preparation. The time and money you spend on the CNN certification provides a worthwhile investment.
Last Updated: 04/24/2012