2020 Value of the Credential Survey Results Published 

November 9, 2020 - As part of a strategic priority and multi-phase research initiative, the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) administered a survey to collect data from the population of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) on their perceived value of the CRNA credential (VOC). 

The purpose of this initial baseline survey was to obtain a better understanding of CRNA perceptions on the value of the credential, holistically, throughout their career and not on any specific credentialing program. Overall, the findings from the VOC survey revealed that CRNAs have a highly favorable view of the credential. More than 10,000 CRNAs responded to the Value of the Credential survey, providing important insights. Phase I of the multi-phase project, focuses on benchmarking and better understanding perceived value of the CRNA credential by the CRNA community. Subsequent phases will include outreach to and feedback from additional stakeholder audiences on the value of the credential and on the certification renewal program. 

View the executive summary and full report below.





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CPC Assessment Beta Research Study

In Fall 2018, the NBCRNA completed an innovative research study on its computer-based Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Assessment, evaluating testing performance in six varied testing environments. The study provided the data necessary to establish both the testing condition and score standard for the assessment requirement of the NBCRNA’s CPC Program. The Modified Angoff method, a widely used standard-setting approach in credentialing, was used to determine the performance standard. Although testing conditions varied, the percentage of study participants that met the performance standard was 95%, indicating preparedness and mastery of the knowledge necessary for practice in nurse anesthesia. 

_...the percentage of study participants that met the determined performance standard was 95%_ (1)

Launched in September 2018, the research study included 1,500 randomly selected CRNAs who volunteered to take the 150-question, four-hour exam in one of the six assigned testing conditions, including with and without resources, and at a testing center or live, remote proctoring. The study evaluated the testing environments to determine how each may help achieve the goals of the CPC Program in a way that is fair and reliable for all CRNAs taking the assessment requirement which begins in 2020. 

To assure fairness to candidates, statistical equating procedures were used to place scores from different testing conditions on the same scale. Based on the findings from this study, the final testing condition that will be used for the CPC Program assessment component for CRNAs beginning in 2020 was determined in early 2019 and will use the standard also determined from this study. Learn more about the standard setting process or read the full press release on the study.         

                                                    Press Release on the StudyAngoff Method for Standard Setting

Results were mailed to Study participants in mid-December 2018.

The NBCRNA thanks all CRNAs who participated in this innovative research study. 


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Benchmarking Study

The NBCRNA has used, and continuously evaluates, the continued certification requirements, practices and trends for nursing, and health care and physician credentialing, available in benchmarking and related reports. The information provides an environmental scan for the Evaluation and Research Advisory Committee (ERAC) and NBCRNA board in evaluation of the Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program components.

In 2018, the NBCRNA partnered with a credentialing consulting company to conduct a national benchmarking study focused on continuing certification. The purpose of the Benchmarking Study was to assess the practices, components, costs, and other variables of health care and allied health credentialing organizations related to continuing certification. The study included website review for 294 health care credentialing organizations’ programs accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the American Board for Specialty Nurse Certification (ABSNC), or the ISO 17024 standards, and the data collection tool included 36 variables related to continued certification.


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