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The Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board is seeking an experienced Principal Investigator (PI)

8 Nov 2017 12:48 PM | Terri Hinkley

MSNCB is commissioning a research study on continuing competence and is encouraging all experienced PIs with a passion for certification and competence to consider submitting an application.

Please review the posting below. If you know of someone you feel wold be an excellent fit, please pass the request to them or send them to our website www.msncb.org

Thank you in advance!

The Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) seeks an experienced Principal Investigator for a research study on continuing competence in certified medical-surgical registered nurses (CMSRNs)


The Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) is a 501(c)(6) professional organization whose mission is to validate excellence in medical-surgical nursing and care coordination and transition management.  MSNCB administers the Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN®) and Certified in Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCCTM) certification programs and believes that certification is the recognized path for registered nurses (RNs) to build and demonstrate commitment, confidence, and credibility.

Certification provides an added credential beyond licensure. It demonstrates, by examination, that the RN adheres to specialized nursing standards and has acquired a core body of specialized knowledge in their practice or specialty.  Currently, there are 30,000 CMSRNs and 500 CCCTM certificants.

Certification is valid for 5 years at which time the certificant may recertify by obtaining continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours or taking the examination.

Our vision is that MSNCB certifications are universally valued as essential to positive patient outcomes.

Description and Role

There has been significant discussion, at both the state and federal level, on the necessity of measuring continuing competence in registered nurses, especially in today’s complex and technologically driven health care environment.


MSNCB is interesting in determining how certified RNs are currently managing their own continuing competence in the practice setting. These data will be valuable in the ongoing dialogue on continuing competence and will help inform future activities to ensure that CMSRNs incorporate continuing competence in their practice as a requirement of recertification.


The envisioned research plan involves conducting a self-assessment of certificants at some point in time after initial certification or recertification, for example midpoint at year 2 or 3. The survey would contain open-ended questions that would require the CMSRN to reflect on his/her practice and competence. Note, the PI will work with MSNCB to flesh out the research questions for the study.


The potential benefits of this study include the following:

  • 1.     Provide a description of a CMSRN’s practice as a certified nurse and the factors that help maintain and enhance competence. 
  • 2.     Validate or invalidate the value of continuing education to enhance knowledge and competence.  This is especially important since no one has been able to validate the value of CNE in relation to continuing competence.
  • 3.     Provide data to evaluate CMSRN recertification requirements.


MSNCB envisions this study will be conducted via a survey disseminated to certified medical-surgical RNs. As the PI of this study, you would be responsible for proposal development, budget development, research study conduct, and preparation of a report of the study findings to the MSNCB Board of Directors.  You will also be expected to publish the study findings in the MEDSURG NURSING journal and deliver a presentation or poster at the AMSN Annual Convention held each fall.  



  • ·       Doctorally prepared registered nurse (PhD, DNP, EdD)
  • ·       Experience as a principal investigator (PI)
  • ·       Experience with outcomes research and longitudinal studies
  • ·       Experience in authoring research publications
  • ·       Knowledge of the domain of continuing competence
  • Term and Time Commitment

The term for this project is expected to be approximately 1-2 years.


General Process Information

  • ·       Work will begin immediately following approval for the position.
  • ·       The PI will have access to the MSNCB staff to provide information (e.g. CMSRN statistics, access to CMSRNs, recertification process, eligibility criteria, etc.). 
  • ·       A timeline will be established for completion of the proposal.
  • ·       The proposal must be approved by the MSNCB Board of Directors prior to initiation.
  • ·       The PI will submit written progress reports to the MSNCB Board of Directors every 120 days, or more frequently if directed.


Application and Selection Process

  • ·       Applications must be submitted online by January 31, 2018.
  • ·       As part of the application, your current curriculum vitae (CV) is required.
  • ·     Phone interviews will be conducted with qualified respondents in March, if needed.

Please Note

Regarding Verification of Credentials
ABNS and ABSNC do not verify certification credentials of individual certified nurses. To verify a credential, contact the certifying agency that granted the credential. ABNS and ABSNC do not administer certification programs.

This website contains information specific to specialty nursing certification and is not intended or designed to give medical or nursing advice.

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