To sit for the SCRN Examination, candidates must meet the following criteria.
The candidate must have current licensure as a registered nurse valid through the date of the examination in
- the United States
- a U.S. territory that grants licensure utilizing the U.S. State Board Test Pool Examination or National Council for Licensure Examination.
Candidates from other countries will be considered if they meet a comparable licensure requirement and can read and understand the English language.
The candidate must be a professional nurse engaged in aspects of stroke care, including but not limited to stroke nursing clinical practice, or employed as an administrator, consultant, educator or researcher. The exam is designed for those who have had at least 2 years of direct or indirect stroke nursing practice as a registered nurse in the last 5 years, however, it is not required to have 2 years of experience. Potential candidates should take into consideration that this specialty certification may not be appropriate for an individual just entering this specialty.
Direct Stroke Nursing Practice
Direct stroke nursing practice is defined as involvement in the nursing process in a clinical setting where the nursing actions and judgments are focused on a particular individual, family, or group of individuals where there is continuing professional responsibility and accountability for the outcomes of these actions.
Indirect Stroke Nursing Practice
Indirect stroke nursing practice is defined as involvement that includes time spent in clinical supervision of students or staff in research or consultation.