Plastic Surgical
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To be eligible to apply for certification, the candidate must:

  1. Be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the United States, its territories or Canada, and
  2. Have a minimum of two (2) years of plastic surgical nursing experience as a registered nurse in a general staff, administrative, teaching, or research capacity within three (3) years prior to application, and
  3. Have spent at least 1,000 practice hours in plastic surgical nursing during two (2) of the preceding three (3) years.

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Recertifying your CPSN Credential
Recertification through continuing nursing education contact hours is accomplished by accumulating 45 contact hours during the 3-year CPSN certification period.

Contact hours do not have to be accumulated in all categories; however, a minimum of 2 contact hours must be specifically related to patient safety. Any combinations of the following activities are acceptable; however, a minimum of 30 contact hours must be earned in plastic surgical nursing.

Applications for renewal of your Certified Plastic Surgical Nurse (CPSN) credential by continuing nursing education must be received 30 days in advance of the certification expiration date. Completed application, appropriate forms, supporting materials, and fee must be submitted at one time.

For a comprehensive overview and instructions for the Recertification of your CPSN please refer to the Guide to Recertification By Continuing Education Credit.

Recertification by continuing education requires contact hours must be earned through a nursing accreditation body. Credit earned by other methods, such as CME, must be approved by the PSNCB prior to submission of your packets. Failure to submit these alternative credits for review prior can result in a delay or denial of your recertification.


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The Core Curriculum for Plastic Surgical Nursing, 4th edition, represents the comprehensive documentation of plastic and reconstructive surgical nursing knowledge and skills. This new edition reflects advances in technology and patient management and contains additional chapters presenting material on a wider variety of topics germane to plastic surgery.

The Core Curriculum for Plastic Surgical Nursing, 4th edition, is a resource for every aspect of patient care and the development of educational materials and a guide for self-development. Each chapter includes principles upon which to base an effective plan for patient care.

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