ONCB now offers Retest for Success…a unique program to help RNs earn the only credential that recognizes their commitment to lifelong learning and the high level of knowledge that contributes to effective orthopaedic patient care.
How it works
With Retest for Success, participating health care facilities can register groups of 5 or more RNs or NPs to take the ONC® (basic credential) or ONP-C® (nurse practitioner credential) examination. Candidates do not need to test together; they can develop their own exam preparation plans and schedule their test dates any time within 90 days after registration. Nearly 80% of ONC candidates pass on their first examination attempt. As a participant in Retest for Success, however, any nurse who is not successful on the first attempt can retest without paying additional exam fees but must wait a minimum of 90 days to retake the examination.
Reduced test anxiety for you…less fear of failure because you can retest for success!
More help for exam candidates
To further boost exam success, ONCB offers valuable online self-assessment examinations to help identify areas of strength as well as areas for additional study. These 50-question self-assessments cover various content areas from the examination (e.g., degenerative disease, metabolic and inflammatory disorders). They use the same computer-based environment as the real certification exams, giving candidates increased confidence and decreased anxiety as they prepare to take the actual certification test. ONCB offers discounted pricing on these study resources for Retest for Success groups.
How to begin
Discuss Retest for Success with your nurse leaders and ask them to review the program contract. Encourage them to contact ONCB Executive Director Dottie Roberts with any questions, or to discuss details of program participation. A nurse leader with authority to sign contracts on behalf of your employer can complete the contract and return it to:
330 N. Wabash, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60611
Attn: Retest for Success
The contract is good for 1 year; a countersigned copy will be returned to your facility’s contact person. He or she also will receive a memo with instructions for using the online examination application. Each facility has a unique code that must be entered as the candidate begins the online application.
The first group of any combination of at least five RNs/NPs must apply at approximately the same time to satisfy the terms of the contract. Applications will be held until all five have been received, and then forwarded to the test vendor for exam scheduling. After the minimum of 5 candidates has been met, individual nurses may apply as they become eligible or ready to test during the remainder of the contract period. When completing the application, candidates either pay personally for their exams or, based on facility practice, indicate “My facility will pay.” ONCB will invoice facilities immediately for submitted applications.
Exam applicants will receive emailed approval to test with an identified expiration date for the 90-day window in which they must test. Any nurse who is not successful on the first attempt must wait 90 days to schedule the second exam and then has an additional 90 days to retest without payment of additional fees.
Retest for Success participants are not eligible for other group discounts offered by ONCB.
A specialty nursing certification is a significant benefit for you and your employer…an important distinction that is valuable to your patients and your organization. Spread the word about this great program (download our information flyer) that will help more orthopaedic nurses earn distinction as certified professionals!