CPC Assessment Beta Research Study Published in Journal of Nursing Regulation

CHICAGO, [October 16, 2019) – The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists’ (NBCRNA) innovative research study 1 on its computer-based Continued Professional Certification Assessment (CPCA) was published in the October 2019 issue of the Journal of Nursing Regulation. This 2018 study, titled “Use of Resources and Method of Proctoring During the NBCRNA Continued Professional Certification Assessment: Analysis of Outcomes,” was both rigorous and unique. The study looked at outcomes across testing conditions that included remote and brick and mortar, and with and without resources. The primary goal of this research study was to compare differences in CRNA/certificant performance under different testing modalities (closed vs. open book [eBook or personal hard copy resources], and in-person vs. remote live-online proctoring). A secondary goal of this research study was to compare self-reported differences in perceived assessment difficulty, administration experiences, self-reported test anxiety, and fidelity of the assessment.

Included in this study, the NBCRNA leveraged the advancements in technology and opportunities for secure test delivery in a remote secure setting that have evolved over the last decade. Remote proctoring delivery options provide test security, certificant convenience, reduced costs and increased certificant satisfaction for credentialing organizations requiring recertification assessments. 

NBCRNA’s experiences and results from this distinctive study can serve as a resource to other credentialing organizations considering alternative test delivery systems for their assessments. Additionally, the NBCRNA’s CPC Program design can serve as a model for other credentialing programs striving to support and encourage lifelong learning by recognizing the expanding roles of many credential holders, while listening to their needs to help them thrive in their respective careers. 

“By recognizing and supporting lifelong learning, the CPC Program is designed to continue the CRNA’s ongoing track record of excellence as anesthesia providers and to help ensure we continue to provide the highest standard of care for our patients,” said NBCRNA past-president Mary Wojnakowski, PhD, CRNA.

 1 Dennis Spence, PhD, CRNA; Robyn Ward, PhD, CRNA; Steve Wooden, DNP, CRNA, NSPM-C; Mary Browne, MA; Hao Song, PhD; Robert Hawkins, PhD, CRNA, DNP; Mary Wojnakowski, PhD, CRNA. NBCRNA Continued Professional Certification Assessment Beta Research Study (2019). National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists.

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