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ANCC, IAFN Announce New Certification for Advanced Forensic Nurses

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) announced the launch of a new certification through portfolio for Advanced Forensic Nurses.

The new certification will help validate advanced forensic nurses' unique knowledge and skills. ANCC supports IAFN members and all advanced forensic nurses in their pursuit to be certified in their specialty area. The new certification program was scheduled to launch in November.

ANCC's certification through portfolio is an alternative assessment method for recognizing individual registered nurses in their specialty area. Nurses will document their skills, knowledge, abilities, and career accomplishments as part of this alternative application assessment process.

Certification through portfolio requires equivalent rigor to meet accrediting bodies' criteria to determine proficiency through a peer review process informed by nurse experts. Nurses certified through the portfolio assessment method are regarded as experts in their specialties and are considered to be among the highest-qualified nurses in the world. These credentials foster both professional growth and job satisfaction while demonstrating a nurse's commitment to providing excellent care.

"Certification through portfolio is an excellent method for credentialing and will greatly serve the nursing profession as nurses' knowledge grows ever more specialized. IAFN has been an excellent collaborator in building this new process. We are so pleased to see the launch of this first certification through the portfolio assessment methodology," said ANCC Executive Director Karen Drenkard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.

"As an alternative board certification methodology, the portfolio offers a means by which seasoned forensic nurses can demonstrate their specialized knowledge and expertise via a different vehicle, albeit with the same rigor that is applied to a national/international certification board examination," adds Jenifer Markowitz, ND RN WHNP-BC SANE-A, President of the IAFN.

ANCC incorporates the latest nursing practice standards, ensuring that nurses are credentialed using the most current criteria. ANCC's experience with in-house test development using psychometric practices provides an excellent foundation for the development of the Advanced Forensic Nursing certification through portfolio.

The ability to operationalize and administer individual credentialing programs is one of ANCC's core competencies, and it is the only nurse credentialing organization to achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification in the design, development, and delivery of global credentialing services and support products for nurses and healthcare organizations.

ANCC is the first and only healthcare certification organization in the U.S. to have achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification. To learn more, visit For more information about the International Association of Forensic Nurses, go to:

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