News & Updates
Dear ABCGN community,
As we all continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19, including updates from public health officials and our community, I want to assure you that, first and foremost, we are making decisions that are focused on safeguarding the health and best interests of CGRN-certified nurses and those pursuing certification, our employees and our broader communities.
Please know that the safety and well-being of your ABCGN Headquarters staff continue to be a priority, and, as such, all employees are currently working remotely. Advanced technology is already in place to ensure that association operations continue uninterrupted, including providing all employees with laptops, access to videoconferencing, and laptop-enabled calling. This means that you can still reach your Headquarters staff, just as you have in the past.
We understand this situation is evolving quickly, and we will continue to share important information with you in a timely manner. We appreciate your patience and continued support of the organization.
We also wish to reinforce that if there is any way we can help you navigate these challenging times, please feel free to reach out to us and your peers within ABCGN. Stay healthy and safe.
Heather Rich, MPA
ABCGN Executive Director
Since the inception of the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan China, Prometric (who administers the ABCGN Certification Exam) has been actively engaged in identifying and responding to the potential health risks it presents to its test takers, staff, and other individuals in the impacted areas.
Its responses have taken into account numerous perspectives, including local governmental policy and actions, information provided by global health organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), corporate policies, and input from our testing partners and customers.
The Prometric Incident Management team will continue to monitor the situation around the globe and take proper future actions as needed. Please check back frequently for more updates regarding test center closings.
Test Center Actions
Candidates will be permitted to use medical masks and gloves while they are testing. Please note these items will be subject to visual inspection upon entry to the test center. For a full list of permissible items, please check here.
Test Center Cleanliness
We have fully reviewed all test center operations and continue to reinforce expected actions at all test centers around the world that will mitigate the risk of spread of the virus at these locations. These procedures include regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces (ex. test station keyboard keys, mouse, biometric touch chip device) and providing disposable wipes so that common surfaces can be wiped.
- Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap & water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue while coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Update as of March 11, 2020.
Effective January 1, 2020, ABCGN moved to the Certemy application platform. Certemy is a cloud-based product with improved technical capabilities, which means CGRN candidates and certified professionals will have access to the following:
- Comprehensive Candidate/Certificant Dashboard
- Automated Task Reminders
- Centralized Document Storage
- Mobile Phone Integration
- Digital Wallets
- Education Tracking
- Public Registry
- Electronic Certificates
ABCGN Headquarters will be sending out more information on the new application later this month along with a link to an online tutorial.
The Professional Certification Coalition (PCC) was founded in July 2018 to address efforts to enact state legislation that would undermine the activities or recognition of certifications developed or offered by non-governmental, private certification organizations.
Recent occupational licensing reform legislation considered in various states has alerted private certification organizations to significant threats to their activities. These bills have included provisions that would:
- bar many professionals holding certifications from private organizations from using the titles “certified” or “registered”;
- create evidentiary presumptions and barriers to state professional licensure laws recognizing or requiring certifications from private organizations; and/or
- establish governmental certification programs that would supplant private certification programs, in some circumstances.
More than 100 organizations have joined the PCC since its founding in 2018. These members include certification organizations, organizations that provide services to certification and licensure organizations, and professional societies and trade associations whose members hold or issue professional certifications or certificates.
Learn more about the PCC.