How Can Nurses Earn Stroke Certification?


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Certification as a stroke certified registered nurse requires an examination and at least two years direct or indirect professional nursing experience in stroke care within the prior five year period. Certification to use the Stroke Scale, a clinical assessment tool for identifying stroke severity, requires completion of training and testing.

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Certification as a stroke certified registered nurse is available through the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing. The association's certification eligibility criteria define direct stroke care as clinical experience in serving stroke patients and their families while accountable for patient outcomes. Qualifying indirect experience is clinical supervision of nurses or students in related research or care provision.

The stroke nursing certification examination is offered three times a year. It is a three-hour computer-based test, which includes 150 scored multiple choice items and 20 non-scored items. The exam measures knowledge and experience pertaining to the practice of neuroscience nursing, testing the candidate's knowledge, interpretation, problem-solving and evaluation. Certification recognizes a nurse's knowledge of core stroke nursing principles and the ability to care for various types of stroke patients, across age groups and medical settings.

Training and certification testing for use of the Stroke Scale as a diagnostic tool is available through the National Stroke Association both on-line and in a classroom format. The related training and testing DVD is also available from the National Institutes of Health.

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