CHICAGO, November 1, 2023 – The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) was recently selected by the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (I.C.E.) as one of two national recipients for the 2023 I.C.E. Innovator Award. I.C.E. announced the recipients of the award at this year’s Annual Exchange Conference in Colorado Springs, CO on October 26th.

I.C.E. provides education, networking, and resources for organizations and individuals within the credentialing industry. The I.C.E. Innovator Award recognizes an individual or an organization who has created an innovative approach to a product, policy, process, or system that transforms or achieves a new level of success in a unique way.

The recognition is for NBCRNA’s ongoing work surrounding the Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program and research into Longitudinal Assessment (LA). The NBCRNA research team recently completed a study to explore the potential of LA as an alternative assessment approach that promotes patient safety and lifelong learning to meet the needs of the CRNA profession.

NBCRNA CEO John C. Preston, DNSc, CRNA, FAAN, FAANA, FNAP, APRN accepted the award on behalf of the NBCRNA at the 2023 I.C.E Annual Awards Luncheon and remarked “The work that NBCRNA has undertaken with the LA research study can serve as a roadmap for other certification industry partners as they contemplate the best, most efficient and most reliable ways to support life-long learning and the maintenance of competency for the certificants they serve.”

This award underscores NBCRNA’s commitment to engaging all nurse anesthesia providers in a continuous and ongoing innovative program that is aligned with the identified knowledge domains of the practicing nurse anesthesia professional. It also marks another milestone in NBCRNA’s advancement of certification practices supporting the nurse anesthesia community.

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The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) is the United States certifying body for the initial, continued and subspecialty certification of the more than 60,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). NBCRNA’s primary responsibility is to guard the well-being of the public by seeking to ensure that those who secure the CRNA credential have the necessary knowledge and skills to practice safely and effectively. NBCRNA accomplishes this mission through the development and implementation of credentialing programs that support lifelong learning among nurse anesthetists.