March 01, 2016
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Certification program for nurses in rheumatology launched

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A new certification program will be available for nurses involved with rheumatology.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS), a nonprofit organization representing nurses engaged in clinical practice, education and research for the care of patients with rheumatic diseases, announced the launch of the certification through portfolio for rheumatology nursing, according to a press release.

“Certification through portfolio is a patented method for credentialing specialty nurses, and we are pleased to introduce rheumatology nursing as the newest ANCC portfolio credential,” Executive Vice President and Chief ANCC Officer Linda C. Lewis, MSA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, said in the release. “We look forward to a continued partnership with the Rheumatology Nurses Society to support the development and education of nurses who specialize in the care of patients with rheumatic diseases.”

According to the release, ANCC is the only nurse-credentialing organization to have ISO 9001:2008 certification in the design, development and delivery of global credentialing services.

“It is an honor to have partnered with the ANCC in the fostering and launch of the rheumatology nursing board certification through portfolio. This is a significant collaborative milestone for nursing, nursing specialties and specifically, rheumatology nurses, which further demonstrates the passion and commitment that all nurses have for the care of their patients every day,” Sheree C. Carter, PhD, RN, immediate past-president of RNS, said in the release. “Rheumatology nurses now have the recognized instrument of ANCC board certification to validate their competence by applying the knowledge that they have acquired through lifelong learning and experience in rheumatology. This marks a new season of the rheumatology nursing specialty where we look to the future to experience the lasting impact that board certified rheumatology nurses will have on nursing, our specialty, and patients and families within our practice.”