As 2020 comes to a close and we look ahead to 2021, we continue to be concerned about the impact of the COVID pandemic on WOCNCB certified nurses.
In most of the country, test centers to take recertification exams are reopened, some with reduced capacity, and we are offering the option of live remote proctored exams for those who would like to take the exam in their home or other location. Live remote proctoring allows you to take the exam anywhere you have a secure internet connection for a laptop or desktop computer with a webcam. A proctor will check you in and watch as you take the exam. Remote proctored exams are available 7 days a week. More details on remote proctoring can be found here: http://wocncb.org/remote-proctoring.
We know that conditions in health care facilities and practice locations vary widely across the country, and each nurse’s situation is unique. If you have been impacted by the pandemic, and it is preventing you from completing your recertification, please submit a credential extension request. An extension request can extend your certification for 3 to 6 months to allow you more time to prepare to take the exam. A form to request an extension can be found here: http://wocncb.org/recertification/credential-extension-policy. Reviews of extension applications are completed within 7-10 days.
In addition, if you are unable to renew your credentials due to a financial strain, you can also submit a Benevolence Fund application to cover the expense of recertification. You can find an application here: http://wocncb.org/recertification/benevolence-fund.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-496-2622.