Earned and maintained by more than 4,800 nurses, the Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN®) credential represents specialized experience and knowledge in the care of patients with neurological trauma and illness.
- Obtaining the CNRN credential will help your patients, peers, and hospital administrators recognize your specialized abilities in caring for a unique patient population.
- CNRN certification is effective for a period of 5 years.
- Hospitals and employers benefit from having nurses with specialty credentials on their staff.
The CNRN certification program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), the only nationally recognized accrediting body for specialty nursing certification programs. ABSNC accreditation is a peer-review mechanism that allows nursing certification organizations to obtain accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the highest quality standards available in the industry.
Earn Your CNRN Credential
You have the experience and knowledge. Challenge yourself by taking the CNRN Examination, and give yourself a professional edge by earning your CNRN certification.
Attaining the CNRN certification requires successful completion of a general neuroscience nursing exam that is intended to determine if the candidate possesses the basic knowledge needed to competently care for both neurosurgical and neurological patient populations.
CNRNs are eligible to renew their credential during the fifth year of their certification. The official expiration date of a CNRN certificate is December 31 of the fifth complete year after certification (e.g., CNRN certificates initially earned in 2010 and recertification effective January 1, 2011, expire on December 31, 2015).