The Certified Continence Care Nurse is for the RN with a Bachelor Degree who has completed certification by the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Certification Board and, additionally, successfully passed the exam enabling them to use the title of Certified Continence Care Nurse.
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The specialized certification provides the extra training necessary to adequately care for and treat patients who have issues with continence along with the physical, psychological, and potential safety concerns associated with this.
In order to sit for the CCCN exam, the applicant must be an RN with a Bachelor Degree and has either completed an accredited education program or qualifies via the Experiential Pathway. An application to sit for the CCCN exam must be submitted by the published application deadlines.
The cost to take the Certified Continence Care Nurse exam is $300. The exam contains 90 questions and it is must be completed in 90 minutes. It is offered at testing centers throughout the United States and test takers are advised if they passed or not once the exam is completed.
The exam questions focus on testing the Nurse’s knowledge of care of the patient with continence issues. These can address the physiological processes involved with elimination, along with the psychosocial and behavioral needs of the patient.
Certification as a Continence Care Nurse is valid for 5 years. At that time, the Nurse can retake the exam to recertify, or requirements for the Professional Growth Program are met to qualify for recertification.
This program utilizes a mixture of direct patient care and continuing education activities to meet specific requirements necessary to maintain certification.