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Learn How to Fulfill Your Certification Needs at 2022 ONS Congress®

February 14, 2022
Madison Greer, Staff Writer
ONS staff member with a Congress attendee.


The annual ONS Congress® is your opportunity to network and make one-on-one connections with your peers, learn from their research and clinical experiences, and further empower yourself to make strides in the field. At ONS Congress, you’ll have plenty of ways to cultivate your professional development and gain contact hours and points to fulfill your certification needs.

Most ONCC credentials have three renewal options: practice hours and professional development (points), practice hours and successful testing, and points and successful testing. Each time you renew your certification through professional development points, you’ll take an assessment before earning points for your next renewal.

You can earn points for renewal by completing professional development activities such as educational conferences like ONS Congress. Attendees can take advantage of attending a plethora of sessions and earn renewal points.

Here’s what you’ll need for your professional development:

  • Start with your learning planꟷthe list of subjects in which you may earn points for certification renewal.
  • If you passed a certification test, your score report identifies the number of points you need for renewal and the subject areas.
  • If you’ve taken your assessment, your results report shows the number of points you need for renewal and the subject areas.
  • If you are AOCN®, AOCNS®, or CPON® certified, your learning plan is where you’ll record your points for renewal, even though you weren’t required to take the assessment.

Have you been authorized to take the assessment but haven’t done so? Remember that you can’t earn points for renewal until you take your assessment. If you’re eligible to take the assessment, be sure you do it before ONS Congress starts so you can use the NCPD you earn for your certification renewal.

Once you know the subject areas you need to earn points for certification renewal, you can find eligible sessions using the schedule on the ONS Congress website. Filter the sessions by ILNA categories, and plan ahead by making a list of sessions you need to attend.

Not registered yet? Make your plans to register by March 10, 2022, to save big with our early-bird discount!

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