Pediatric Nursing Certification Board Relocates to Montgomery County Campus
The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board – the country’s largest independent pediatric nursing certification board – has located its headquarters at Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County Campus.
The PNCB joined the campus community this summer, relocating its 14 employees from Gaithersburg.
The PNCB was founded in 1975 by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Founders believed pediatric nurse practitioners needed an assessment to validate their education and clinical experience, much the same ways doctors take board exams in their specialties.
Pediatric nursing professionals work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, doctors’ offices, schools, specialty clinics and public health settings.
The PNCB, working with volunteer question writers, develops exams, ensures questions focus on relevant pediatric issues and administers the exams through a computer-based testing vendor.
The Primary Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Exam was first offered in 1977. In 1989, the board launched the Certified Pediatric Nurse exam. In recent years, more exams were added: Acute Care Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification; a Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse exam; and, in 2011, the Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist Certification exam.
In order for certified pediatric nurses to maintain their credential, they must participate in an annual recertification program, which the PNCB administers.
The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board certifies approximately 95 percent of pediatric registered nurses and pediatric nurse practitioners, said Lori Anne Boocks, the board’s director of marketing and communications. The board has certified approximately 38,000 nurses and nurse practitioners since its inception.
“PNCB is very excited to relocate here as we prepare for future growth, while continuing to support the certification needs of pediatric RNs and advanced practice nurses,” Boocks said.
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