Announcing new advanced orthopaedic certification!
ONCB members are pleased to announce a new portfolio certification for nurses who have completed graduate-level education apart from nurse practitioner preparation. This certification program is in development and should be launched by late summer 2018.
Candidates for ONCB’s ONC-A credential through portfolio assessment must meet the following eligibility criteria:
• Have three full years of experience practicing as a registered nurse (RN)
o Hold a Master’s degree or higher in nursing (e.g., MSN [CNS, CNL], MN, MNEd) OR related discipline with direct involvement in musculoskeletal health (e.g., MPH, MBA, MNA, MHA)
o This credential is not available to nurse practitioners. Please see ONCB web site for information about the ONP-C® certification program.
• While entry-level education may have been completed in a foreign nursing program, candidates are not eligible to apply for ONCB’s advanced orthopaedic certification through portfolio assessment if they earned their graduate degrees abroad.
• Have a minimum of 1500 hours of nursing work experience in musculoskeletal health since completing the graduate degree if a current ONC® or OCNS-C®; OR a minimum of 2500 hours of nursing work experience in musculoskeletal health since completing the graduate degree if the candidate does not currently hold the ONC credential.
• Hold a current, full, and unrestricted license as an RN in the United States or its possessions
Candidates will complete a portfolio of professional activities based on program criteria (e.g., publication, presentation). In addition, candidates will be asked to complete an exemplar to provide evidence of orthopaedic nursing practice excellence in four areas: professional growth, professional and ethical practice, team focus and interprofessional collaboration, and quality and safety.
The certification term will be 5 years. Recertification of the ONC-A credential can be accomplished by continuing education or submission of a new portfolio and exemplar.
Please watch regular ONCB e-communication and this web site for additional details as the launch date is confirmed.
Certification not only signifies my clinical competence, but also holds me accountable to continue to expand my knowledge through the recertification requirements for continuing education. I greatly enjoy being a cheerleader for other colleagues to do the same, especially our younger nurses. It has created even stronger bonds as we inspire and encourage each other to this goal.
I decided to obtain an orthopaedic certification because orthopaedics affects almost every aspect of nursing care and patients from every age group. My certification is important to my organization and especially important for organizations that have achieved or are trying to achieve Magnet.
As an APN in orthopaedics, my certification through ONCB has helped enrich my knowledge base, maintain a network of colleagues within the field, and has motivated me to pursue orthopedic ‘extracurriculars’ outside the walls of my workplace.
I certified years ago with nine of my colleagues. It was an adventure to study the textbook and take that exam with pencil and paper back then. Being a certified nurse means we are among the cream of the crop–knowledgeable, experienced, and proud of it.
I learned about the ONC certification through a joint replacement surgeon in 2008. With his teaching skills and my passion for orthopaedics, I was able to obtain my ONC certification in 2012. I am a recent NP graduate and look forward to taking the ONP-C exam as soon as I’m eligible!
I took the first certification! My ONC opened many doors for me…I am so proud of my ONC!
I was encouraged by my leadership to get my orthopedic certification in 2010, just a couple years after becoming a nurse. Becoming certified helped me to be more confident in my profession. I am very passionate about continuing my education and keeping my certification up and to help my coworkers to become certified. I love being an orthopaedic-certified nurse!
I obtained my certification in 1991…it was the catalyst to lifelong learning and professional growth in orthopaedic nursing.
The leader of our special unit was so enthusiastic, motivating and encouraging our unit to become 100% ONC nurses. Her enthusiasm was contagious. The benefits for our patients are immeasurable… the most knowledgeable team of orthopaedic nurses caring for orthopaedic patients. The credential has given me self-confidence when interfacing with patients and their families.
I became certified as an orthopedic nurse practitioner in 2006 as a means to validate my competence in orthopedic knowledge and clinical practice. Obtaining my certification deepened my commitment to continually expand my orthopedic expertise and to help patients understand how all their physiological systems impact their musculoskeletal health.
Orthopaedic CNS certification validates my knowledge and enables me to be the APN resource for nurses on my unit. My OCNS-C credential helps me to be an important resource for our executive director and service line vice president as we work to refine our joint replacement program.
In trial testimony, the Daubert Rule indicates an expert must attest/prove expertise in their field. A judge then rules if the witness is an expert. My ONC credential enabled the judge to rule I am indeed an expert in orthopaedics. The ruling has helped me in other cases.