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What Is a CCRN?

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CCRN is a health care certification granted to critical-care nurses. The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses oversees the certification program. CCRN is an advanced certification only available if you are currently a registered nurse or advanced practical nurse. This credential lets employers know that you have up-to-date training specific to treating patients in critical condition.

Additional Eligibility Requirements

The AACN website indicates that you must complete 1,750 hours in direct care of critically ill patients prior to taking certification classes. Half of this time must have occurred in the year before certification. Alternatively, any nurse with more than 2,000 hours of direct care within a five-year period qualifies, as long as 144 hours occurred within the past year.