Criteria

 
​​​N​onsurgical Pain Management (NSPM) Criteria
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Consistent with the NBCRNA's mission, the NSPM subspecialty certification ​promotes patient safety by enhancing provider quality and encourages provider lifelong learning. Through the process of obtaining the NSPM credential, the NSPM practitioner is able to demonstrate his or her advanced knowledge and skills in the subspecialty area.

The criteria for initial certification and continued subspecialty certification are listed below.

Initial Certification

Licensure
        Unrestricted licensure as a RN and/or APRN, as applicable.

 

Certification Status                    
        Current full recertification as a nurse anesthetist.

 

Clinical Experience                      

        2 years of nurse anesthesia clinical experience by the time of NSPM application.

 

Attestations                                

        Attest to being actively engaged in nurse anesthesia clinical practice.

 

Education                                    

        Evidence of completion of education activity in each of the following areas within the immediate 4 years prior to the date of application:

  • physiology and pathophysiology of pain
  • imaging safety
  • assessment/diagnosis/integration/referral
  • pharmacological treatment
  • interventional pain strategies
  • professional aspects
 

Clinical Competence 
       
Three (3) letters of support from professional colleagues who have observed the practitioner's NSPM technique and/or outcomes describing:

  • evidence of competence in patient evaluation and findings
  • NSPM techniques
  • safe needle placement
  • post-care assessment

 

Skills Assessment         
       
Successful completion of an assessed NSPM cadaver or an assessed NSPM simulation course.
 

 Examination
       
Successful completion of the NSPM subspecialty certification examination.

Continued Subspecialty Certification

NSPM certification is time-limited and must be renewed. Individuals who successfully obtain the NSPM credential and are certified in this subspecialty will be required to demonstrate continued subspecialty certification every four years in order to maintain use of the NSPM-C credential.  After 2016, the individual’s continued subspecialty certification will be in alignment with his or her continued professional certification (CPC) program cycle. (Note: Individuals who are NSPM certified prior to 2016 will not be required to demonstrated continued subspecialty certification until 2020 or 2021, depending on the individual’s CPC cycle)

 Licensure        
       
Unrestricted licensure as a RN and/or APRN, as applicable.

  

Certification Status                   
       
Current full recertification as a nurse anesthetist and currently holds the NSPM-C credential.

  

Clinical Experience                       
       
Attest to continued practice in the NSPM subspecialty.

  

Attestations                                
       
Attest to continued practice in the NSPM subspecialty.

  
Education                                     
       
Obtain 20 Class A credits and 20 Class B credits in NSPM per 4-year CPC cycle as part of the CPC requirements. The same Class A and Class B credits be used for to fulfill both the NSPM requirements and the overall CPC requirements, provided the Class A or Class B credits are NSPM-specific.  

  

Clinical Competence                    
       
Attest to continued practice in the NSPM subspecialty.

 

Skills Assessment
       
Attest to continued practice in the NSPM subspecialty.

 

Core Module
        One core module in NSPM is required in 2020 or 2021 (depending on the applicant’s CPC cycle completion date), and every four-year CPC cycle thereafter. The NSPM module requirement is in addition to the CPC program core module requirement. The NSPM core module must be prior-approved for assessed CE.

 

Examination
       
Successful completion of the NSPM subspecialty examination every eight years.


 

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