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  • 28 Jan 2009 8:51 PM | Deanna Speicher (Administrator)


    CAANN Board Members Kathy Miceli, Julie Dahl, Barb Hering, Lisa Festle, and Deanna Speicher braved the snow and cold to bake Christmas cookies at the Ronald McDonald House at Loyola University Medical Center on the evening of December 3, 2008.  Everyone had a great time.  Dozens and dozens of delicious holiday cookies were made and the place smelled wonderful!  
  • 25 Nov 2008 1:41 PM | Deleted user

    Volunteering at Ronald McDonald House

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  • 17 Nov 2008 12:11 PM | Deleted user

    Winner of NANN 2008 Robyn Main Award for Clinical Excellence

    Lisa Festle, MSN RNC-NIC CCNS has been a neonatal nurse for over 20 years and currently works at Loyola University Medical Center's Level III neonatal intensive care unit in Maywood, IL. In addition to her responsibilities in the NICU, she serves as the Co-Coordinator of the NICU Education Council and also the NICU Magnet Committee.

    Those who nominated her describe her as "paying exquisite attention to every detail when providing care."

    Lisa is Master's prepared and certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, and uses this knowledge to care for the sickest of patients.  She has chosen to remain at the bedside sharing her compassion with her patients and their families.

  • 22 Mar 2008 9:41 PM | Anonymous

    National Nurse Practitioner Credential Changes

    New Credentials effective May 1, 2008

    RNC-NIC(for RN's certified in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing)

    RNC-LRN(for RN's certified in Low Risk Neonatal Nursing)


    For Neonatal Nurse Practitioner's: 

    The American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) put out a formal proposal to national nurse practitioner certifying bodies to change nurse practitioner credentials to a standardized national format. ANCC carefully reviewed the impact of changing the credentials, exploring how the credential could have the most impact on the nurse practitioner profession and their recognition in the health care system. The title APRN is used in over 17 states to recognize advanced practice nurses. They felt a change could provide for a nationwide consistency and simplification for the public and state boards of nursing.

    Over 6,000 advanced practice nurses were surveyed in the fall of 2006. The survey results indicated that they felt simplification of credentials, recognition of the role of the NP and recognition of the specialty was needed. A follow up survey of 4700 nurse practitioners was completed to choose the specialty and role combination credential.

    The recommendation by the ANCC is that the following credential and format be used by all certifying bodies:

    The use of NP (Stresses the role): NP

    The use of the specialty (example: neonatal nurse practitioner): NNP

    The use of BC for board certification (equality with our physician partners):


    Some nurse practitioners already use these credentials in their practice. The change was made in hopes that all certifying bodies would use the same credentials which would simplify things for the state boards of nursing. It provides uniformity for the public, our patients and their families. The use of "board certified" is already recognized and accepted by the public because of its use by physicians. It allows individual certified NPs to have their specialty area designated within their certification credential and provides some consistency in credentialing titles. Both the National Certification Corporation (NCC) and the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) have moved to the designation of BC with the designated specialty. It is hoped that the remaining certification organizations will also move in this direction. NCC will distribute new certificates with the new designation to all NCC certified individuals. NNP-BC and WHNP-BC will reflect the official designation of NCC certification effective May 2008.

  • 22 Mar 2008 9:39 PM | Anonymous

    Eligibility Changes with the National Certification Corporation (NCC)

    The National Certification Corporation (NCC) has reviewed Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) programs since 1980 when the first certification program began. This review was developed because at that time national accreditation for NP programs did not exist. With the publication of the Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) incorporation of the national Guidelines into the formal accreditation process, NCC made the decision to no longer approve or review programs. Programs are now accredited by the accrediting agencies by means of a formal accreditation process.

    The accreditation organizations CCNE and NLNAC formally incorporated the national criteria into their accreditation process in 2005. This provided a much needed independent third party review. This change is impacting advanced practice nurses who graduated from programs before 2005 and have not obtained certification. Graduates prior to 2005 may have attended programs that incorporated the national criteria, however, inconsistencies in program curricula and among students in the same program were not uncommon. At this time, there is no standardized format to identify programs that might have been compliant with the national guidelines prior to 2005.

    For reasons outlined above, individuals who graduated from a program prior to 2005 will no longer be eligible to take or retake the NCC NNP exam. All certified advanced practice nurses who graduated from programs prior to 2005 can maintain their certification, however, if their certification lapses they will not qualify for recertification. The only way to qualify would be to go back to a NP program that meets current NCC requirements and earn a master’s or post-masters. Although we feel it is essential that CCNE and NLNAC develop certification criteria for those advanced practice nurses who attended programs prior to 2005, they have not published a statement to address this issue at this time.

    NCC reviewed this change, considered the fact that NCC certification exams are entry level examinations, and made the decision to put a time limit on certification. Individual NPs have the professional responsibility to pursue certification in a timely fashion. Effective 2010 NPs will have a maximum of 3 years from the date of graduation to become certified through NCC.

  • 12 Mar 2008 9:53 AM | Deanna Speicher (Administrator)

    In a note dated March 4, 2008, Jodi Gaski, RN, BSN, CNOR, of the AORN Chapter 1411 Community Outreach Project, which has sent 185 care packages so far to deployed nurses, wrote: 

    Dear Julie and CAANN Members, 

    Thank you so much for your generous donations to the Good Morning boxes.  Your contributions help keep our care packages going out and show your appreciation and support for deployed nurses. 

    God bless our troops! 

    Thank you again for joining us in supporting them. 


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