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The importance of specialty certification to the air and ground transport medical industry is demonstrated by virtue of the fact that many transport programs require their nurses to obtain certification in emergency or critical care nursing. Transport nurses need a mechanism by which they can be properly credentialed to validate a knowledge base essential for transport nursing practice. It is a standard by which employers and regulatory bodies may view practitioners, and will verify to consumers, a specified level of knowledge.

In July of 1991, ASTNA collaborated with the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) to determine the feasibility of developing a certification for flight and ground transport nurses. Based upon the positive results of a practice comparability study and a transport nurse role delineation study, BCEN moved forward with the development of these certifications. Nurses who successfully complete a certification examination earn the credential of either Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®) or Certified Transport Registered Nurse (CTRN®) from BCEN.

The Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA) endorses attaining the CFRN or CTRN credential for all transport nurses.

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You can also purchase a CFRN and CTRN practice exam here

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