PITTSBURGH, PA – April 28, 2014 – The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) administered the first Blood and Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse (BMTCN™) Examination in February 2014. Two hundred ninety one registered nurses (87% of candidates) successfully earned the new credential. These nurses consist of staff nurses, clinicians, educators, and managers in blood and marrow transplantation nursing. BMTCN™ is the only blood and marrow transplant certification that is available exclusively to registered nurses, and validates the specialized knowledge necessary for blood and marrow transplantation nursing practice.
"We are thrilled with the response to the BMTCN™ credential. It is extremely important to recognize the specialized knowledge of BMT nurses. We hope to see this certification become the standard in BMT nursing," said Susan Bruce, President of the ONCC Board of Directors.
The BMTCN™ Examination tests the knowledge necessary for the nurse to practice competently within the specialty of blood and marrow transplantation nursing, from basic concepts and indications for transplantation, to pre-transplant care, preparative regimens and stem cell infusion, post-transplant issues, and survivorship. Blood and marrow transplant certification is available to nurses who have:
- a current, active, unencumbered RN licensure
- a minimum of 12 months of experience as an RN within the three years prior to application
- a minimum of 1,000 hours of BMT nursing practice within the two-and-one-half years prior to application, and
- completed a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education in the specialty of BMT
The BMTCN™ Examination is offered at nearly 300 computer-based testing sites in North America during quarterly testing intervals, and at selected international sites once per year.