- As defined by ABSNC, continuing competence is the ongoing commitment of a registered nurse to integrate and apply the knowledge, skills, and judgement with the attitudes, values, and beliefs required to practice safely, effectively, and ethically in a designated role, patient population and/or setting. The PSNCB has adopted the definition of continuing competence provided by the ABSNC.
- Certificant's records are confidential, the only public information that the PSNCB will disclose is whether or not they are certified.
At the time a nurse applies to sit for the certification exam, applicants must:
- Be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the United States, its territories or Canada, holding a current full and unrestricted license.
- Have spent at least 1,000 practice hours within the core specialties during the last two (2) years.
- Have a minimum of two (2) years of nursing experience as a registered nurse within the four Core Specialties in collaboration or in a practice with a physician that is board Certified within a core specialty. This can be in a general staff, administrative, teaching, or research capacity for at least three (3) years prior to application.
- Be currently working in collaboration or in a practice with a physician that is Board Certified within one of the following specialties: Plastic/Aesthetic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, or Facial Plastic Surgery (ENT).
- Have your supervising core physician, who holds a current full and unrestricted license, endorse your application.
What to know when applying
|Follow the directions in the application.|
|Once completed, send your application, supporting documentation and payment by US mail to C-NET (Center for Nursing Education and Testing)|
|For confirmation of receipt or to follow up on status of application, please contact C-NET at (201) 217-9083 or firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|C-NET will contact you via US mail two weeks prior to the exam stating your eligibility for the exam.|
|Two weeks prior to the exam, C-NET will mail you a permit with the date, time, and location for the exam. You may not take the exam without this permit. This permit will arrive via US mail.|
|After taking the exam, you will receive your results 4-6 weeks later via US mail.|
|Recertification is done every 3 years. You must meet all eligibility requirements in order to recertify.|
Appeals Policy and Procedure Candidates who have been denied eligibility to sit for the exam, whose recertification is denied, and those whose certification is revoked have the right of appeal. Individuals wishing to request an appeal or reconsideration of a decision of the PSNCB must initiate the request for reconsideration within the time frame delineated in the reconsideration procedures.
- The candidate shall be informed of the right of appeal at the time of application for certification or recertification.
- The appeal must be submitted in writing via certified mail (or other traceable means) to the President of the Board within thirty days of notification of the action of the PSNCB. The request for reconsideration shall state the specific reasons for the appeal.
- Any cost associated with the appeal process will be the responsibility of the individual making the appeal.
- The appeal shall be heard by a special committee composed of two certified nurses appointed by the President of the PSNCB and one member of the PSNCB Board. The special committee shall make a recommendation on the appeal to the Board. The decision of the Board shall be final.
- The results of the special committee and ensuing Board action shall be documented. A permanent file of action by the special committee and the Board shall be established.
- The decision of the Board shall be communicated in writing to the candidate within 2-4 weeks.
2021 Exam Dates
The dates and information provided below are for information only.
For information regarding specific test sites, locations and times, please go directly to the C-NET website, where full details are available. The PSNCB uses the Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET) for our certification examinations and their team has the most up to date information on examination dates, locations and times.
Center for Nursing Education & Testing Update
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Nursing Education and Testing (CNET) is transitioning both the CPSN and CANS examinations to a computer-based testing format. Due to the complexities of this task, this will not be finalized until early 2021. As a result of this, CNET will not offer CPSN or CANS examinations in the fall of 2020.
If you applied to take the spring exam, and your application was pushed to the fall examination dates, or if you have already applied for the fall examinations, CNET will carry your application forward to the 2021 examinations.
As additional information is received, both the ISPAN and PSNCB websites will be continually updated accordingly.
Certification Examination & Other Fees
|$295*||ISPAN members (membership must be current)|
|$25||Nonrefundable Application Fee|
|$100||Late Application Fee|
*Please note that $25 of the exam fee is non-refundable should an application be withdrawn in accordance with PSNCB policy.