Certification

About Ig Certified Nurse (IgCN®) Credentialing

IgNS is committed to the IgCN® Credentialing, which provides assessment, validation and documentation of the knowledge, skills, and overall clinical competence of nurses managing and administering Ig therapy.

As part of our commitment to providing uninterrupted access to IgNS resources, the IgCN® certification examination is now available as a live remote-proctored (LRP) option.

Online testing, via LRP, is specifically designed to be a secure, web-based, monitored testing event with a live proctor monitoring the exam, candidate and testing environment throughout the exam administration.

The IgCN® Credentialing is the only nationally recognized certification for Ig nurses.

It meets nationally recognized standards that are reliable and legally defensible measurements of Ig nurses’ knowledge and skills.

IgCN® Credentialing validates that nurses have met stringent requirements for knowledge and experience, and are qualified to provide competent Ig care.

Eligibility

Registered nurses whose practice includes Immunoglobulin therapy, and who wish to gain the prestigious IgCN® Credential and the professional recognition of their specialized knowledge, skills, and expertise as an Ig Certified Nurse, should register to take the IgCN® Examination.

Eligibility criteria include:

  • Registered Nurses (RN) with a current license in the US or Canada
  • A minimum of 1,500 hours of experience in Ig therapy within the past two years

Ig therapy experience may include the following areas of practice:

  • Nursing education
  • Administration
  • Research
  • Clinical Practice

Becoming an IgCN®

Eligible candidates are required to take the two-hour LRP-based IgCN® exam, offered at specific times throughout the year.

The IgCN® Examination consists of 110 questions.  The exam’s content is based on the core content areas of immunoglobulin nursing, derived from the results of a formal Practice Analysis Study that ensures that the exam accurately reflects the practice of the average Ig nurse.

IgCN® Credentialing Examination Cost:

  • IgNS Member: $375
  • Non-Member: $425

Recertification:

Recertification by continuing education is $275  for a three-year period.

Benefits to nurses

Becoming an IgCN® provides the recognition of the specialized knowledge, skills, and expertise of an Ig Nurse.

The IgCN® Credential:

  • Empowers nurses to be confident clinical decision-makers.
  • Protects and informs the public of nurses’ competence, validation of experience, knowledge and  skills.
  • Creates higher levels of professional satisfaction for nurses:
  • Improves patient outcomes and satisfaction
  • Reduces work-related errors

Data has shown that employers prefer hiring certified nurses across all specialized areas of practice.  Certified specialty nurses earn a higher income, and report a higher level of satisfaction with their jobs.  Benefits and the effect of certification on patient care and safety are well known and recognized in the clinical community.

“Achieving this credential, and wearing my IgCN® pin gives me an immense sense of pride.  It shows my clinical expertise, and sets me apart as a professional ” – KG, RN, IgCN®

Benefits to employers

IgCN® Credentialing results in standardization of Ig nursing practices within organizations.

IgCN® staff is a strong differentiation factor for companies employing Ig nurses: 

  • Establish your organization as a leader in Ig practice
  • Standardize the quality of your Ig nursing
  • Improve patient care, outcomes and satisfaction
  • Reduce in-house competencies burden
  • Improved trust and confidence from prescribers

Employers who support their nurses’ certification improve retention rates and develop stable and highly skilled Ig nursing   Demonstrate your commitment to Ig excellence!

“One of the perks of working for our company is our support of IgCN® certification for our nurses.  Our nurses are rewarded for their committment to excellence. It’s a win-win” – CG, CEO Specialty Pharmacy

Benefits to patients

Each patients deserves expert, quality care every time,  whether their infusions take place at a hospital, infusion center, doctor’s office, or home.

IgCN® means the patient’s nurse has the clinical expertise required for Ig therapy. IgCN® means peace of mind. 

IgCN®s are required to must meet stringent qualifications: 

  • Document extensive Ig therapy experience prior to passing the certification exam
  • Pass a rigorous national certification examination
  • Continue to complete mandatory re-certification requirements every 3 years
  • Keep up with the latest advancements in Ig therapy

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