Earlier this year, NCC began work with the Texas Board of Nursing to have all core NCC nursing certifications accepted for licensure in lieu of CNE. NCC's APRN certifications (Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner) were already accepted.
NCC demonstrated that:
• the continuing competency maintenance process is the same for all NCC nursing certifications
• the CE requirements for NCC maintenance are equivalent or more than the Texas BON mandates for CNE
• a third-party assessment of core knowledge competencies is preformed on a regular basis
• the competency platform within the certification maintenance program insures that CNE meets knowledge gaps
• regulatory agencies can use certification/certification maintenance to support professional license renewal
During their April board meeting, the Texas BON approved the acceptance of the following NCC certifications to meet continuing competency requirements*:
Inpatient Obstetric Nursing (RNC-OB)
Maternal Newborn Nursing (RNC-MNN)
Low Risk Neonatal Nursing (RNC-LRN)
Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing (RNC-NIC)
*Effective, April 20, 2015 and with the following additional mandatory CNE requirements that a nurse cannot use certification to meet:
• A nurse who performs a forensic examination on a sexual assault survivor must complete basic forensic evidence collection training or the equivalent education prior to performing the examination [22 TAC §216.3(d)(1)[. A nurse who is assigned to an emergency department (ED) as the home unit or who floats or schedules shifts in an ED or whose duties include working in an ED must complete at least two contact hours on forensic evidence collection within two years of initial employment in the ED[22 TAC §216.3(d)(2)].
• All Texas licensed nurses must complete at least two contact hours of CNE on nursing jurisprudence and nursing ethics prior to the completion of each third, two-year licensure renewal cycle. Specific content is addressed in 22 TAC §216.3(g).
• Any nurse whose practice includes older adults or geriatric population is required to complete at least two contact hours to include the content specified in 22 TAC §216.3(h)(1).
Additional information can be found at the Texas Board of Nursing website www.bon.texas.gov