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MAINTENANCE Maintain yourC-ELBW credentialCertified - Care ofthe Extremely LowBirth Weight Neonate

NCCwebsite.org 2ELBWSUBSPECIALTYMAINTENANCECATALOGRecognition, Value, Expertise.It is what certification is all about!ABOUT CERTIFICATIONWhat makes a certified health care provider different?Essentially, it is the willingness of the individual to be accountablefor his/her knowledge and the willingness to take the risk of undergoinga third party review of their knowledge. Certified professionals makea difference to their patients and to their institutions. They are uniqueprofessionals that have made the commitment to life-long learning, patientadvocacy and professional practice.Certification is more than an initial after your name.The NCC Maintenance Program provides an opportunity to continuewith certified status. Certification validates expertise and gives tangiblerecognition of an ongoing professional commitment.TABLEOFCONTENTSNotices toCertifiedProfessionalsELBW Maintenance.3 - 4NCC makes every effort toFees. 7apprise individuals that theircertification maintenance iscoming due. NCC does thisout of courtesy, not as amatter of obligation. It is upto the individual certifiedto know when it is timeto maintain. During thecourse of the year prior tothe maintenance due dateand based on informationsubmitted by the certifiedindividual, NCC makes aneffort to alert those affectedof their maintenance duedate via email. It is yourresponsibility to insure yourHow to Submit Your Maintenance Application.5 - 6About Continuing Education Credits.8 - 9Specialty Content and Coding.10 - 11NCC Maintenance Pre-Approval. 10Approval of Your Maintenance. 12Administrative Policies.13 - 17General Policies. 18Checklist for Maintenance. 19About NCC. 20email is up-to-date atall times. 2021 The National Certification Corporation (NCC) All Rights Reserved.National Certification Corporation 676 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3600 Chicago, IL 60611-2832

NCCwebsite.org SUBSPECIALTYMAINTENANCEPROGRAMREQUIREMENTS NCC WEBSITEACCOUNTYour NCC account must be setup at NCCwebsite.org withyour personal information.This includes your address,phone, email and NCC IDnumber. It is important tokeep your account updatedwhenever there havebeen any changes in yourinformation.Trackcompletedandneeded CESubspecialty certificationmust be maintainedevery three years bycontinuing education.LICENSURE:The current license number,licensing state or provinceand expiration date for yourcurrent/active/unencumberedpractice licensure asapplicable in the U.S. orCanada will need tobe provided.CONTINUINGEDUCATIONYou must earn 15 hoursof CE in Care of theExtremely Low Birth WeightNeonate within your currentperiod of certification.Access and update the online maintenance application in your NCC website account throughout themaintenance cycle. Enter CE as it is earned on an ongoing basis. CE can be entered into the maintenanceapplication throughout the maintenance cycle. It is important to save the CE certificate and a descriptionof the CE offering in case of audit. CE earned from successful completion of any NCC CE module willautomatically be coded and entered into the maintenance application.National Certification Corporation 676 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3600 Chicago, IL 60611-2832

NCCwebsite.org 4ELBWSUBSPECIALTYMAINTENANCECATALOGABOUT CERTIFICATIONMAINTENANCEThe certification maintenance program of the National Certification Corporation(NCC) is designed to provide its core and subspecialty certificants with a mechanismto demonstrate their continued specialty competence and professional developmentduring each 3-year maintenance cycle. Core and subspecialty maintenance processesare structured to ensure that certificants are exposed to evolving scientificdevelopments and evidence-based practice in the clinical aspects of their respectivespecialties. A key element in NCC’s maintenance approach is a focus on the corecompetency knowledge content as it is represented in the certification examinationfor each specialty or subspecialty with established updating timelines based oncontent validation and task analysis study data.Ongoing maintenance of certification demonstrates to the public and to theprofession that the NCC-certified professional delivers a high standard of patient carewithin their chosen specialty area of neonatal, obstetric, gynecologic and/or women’shealth. A certification maintenance approach of this nature not only validatesknowledge, expertise and dedication to a specialty area of practice, but it alsoaffords each certificant with a tangible recognition of their professional commitment.Maintenance is required for everyone certified by NCC, and the maintenanceprocedure is part of the certification program that certificants must meet to maintaintheir certification.As an accredited certifying body, The National Certification Corporation (NCC) mustmeet the Standards for Accreditation of Certification Programs established by theAccreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, Inc. (ABSNC) and the NationalCommission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). As certification accrediting bodies,ABSNC and NCCA have definitions for recertification and continuing competence.NCC’s definitions are in line with these for both continuing competence andmaintenance of certification to include: C ontinuing Competence: “Demonstrating specified levels ofknowledge, skills, or ability not only at the time of initial certificationbut throughout an individual’s professional career demonstrating theongoing ability to practice safely, effectively and ethically in a designatedspecialty.” (Adapted from the NCCA Standard 22, Nov. 2014) M aintenance of Certification: “The requirements and proceduresestablished as part of a certification program that certificants must meetto maintain current knowledge, skills and abilities, renew certificationand provide safe, competent care.” (Adapted from NCCA Standard 22,Nov. 2014)Rationale for Maintenance of CertificationTo review, please aintenance-of-certification-and-rationaleNational Certification Corporation 676 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3600 Chicago, IL 60611-2832

NCCwebsite.org 5ELBWSUBSPECIALTYMAINTENANCECATALOGHOW TO SUBMIT YOURMAINTENANCE APPLICATION{STEPSTEPSTEP12STEPSTEPIt can takeup to two weeksto approve anapplication.What are the maintenance requirements? Determine if you meet the maintenance requirements to maintain. A current,unencumbered license is required for all maintenance applications. Please seepage 3 for maintenance requirement details.Submitting your application Complete, submit and pay your maintenance application online atNCCwebsite.org. Applications can only be submitted online. You cannotsubmit an application by mail, telephone or fax. Payment can be made by creditcard or check. You may access your online maintenance application at any timeand enter your CE into the application as it is earned on an ongoing basis.CE can be entered into the maintenance application throughout themaintenance cycle. It is important to save the CE certficate and a descriptionof the CE offering in case of audit.3When is your maintenance deadline? he maintenance application must be submitted no later than 12 MidnightTCentral Standard Time on the maintenance due date. Specific maintenance duedates can be found in your NCC website account. Sign in with your email andpassword and go to your account. Once you have met all CE requirements you may submit your application up to12 months before your due date. Applications can be submitted early - up to(but not more than) one year prior to your due date. Early submission does notchange your current or next maintenance cycle dates or when you can startearning CE for your next maintenance cycle.45What information does the application require? To get prepared to complete the application - see the application check list onpage 17. It is a handy listing of all the information you will need to supply.Email confirmation of your application Before submitting your application, make sure that your email address is correct.After completing and submitting the application, you will receive confirmation viaemail. This will be the ONLY confirmation notice you will receive. If you donot receive, check your application to make sure you clicked the submit button.(continued on next page)National Certification Corporation 676 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3600 Chicago, IL 60611-2832

NCCwebsite.org 6ELBWSUBSPECIALTYMAINTENANCECATALOG(continued from previous page)STEPHOW TO SUBMIT YOURMAINTENANCE APPLICATION6Notification of successful maintenance Notification of maintenance will be sent via email. The progress of themaintenance application can be tracked by checking your NCCwebsite.orgaccount for a new maintenance due date. After your maintenance has beenapproved, official certification documentation will appear in yourNCCwebsite.org account.STEP You can download the official documentation of your certification 24/7, freeof charge from your account in both card and certificate format. NCC nolonger issues maintenance cards. Notices are sent by email, it is important tomake sure both email and mailing addresses are kept up to date in your profile.7Notification of audit CC randomly selects maintenance applications for audit. If selected you willNneed to submit your CE certificates along with the CE offering or ConferenceAgenda that includes the lecture description(s) for all non-NCC CE activitieslisted in the maintenance application. You will be required to upload thesedocuments. Instructions for audit will be included in the audit notificationemail. If you are unable to upload the CE certificates and course/lecturedescriptions required or if the CE does not meet the required core competencyyou would have to be able to submit additional CE earned in the maintenancedue date time frame for the maintenance application to be considered. All CEaudit materials are due within 2 weeks of the application submission and auditrequest. Failure to submit the required audit documents by the deadline will result indenial of the maintenance application. Once the maintenance due date passesyou are considered lapsed and your only option would be to reinstate.National Certification Corporation 676 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3600 Chicago, IL 60611-2832

NCCwebsite.org 7ELBWSUBSPECIALTYMAINTENANCECATALOGFEESAll fees arenon-refundableMaintenance Fees All fees are nonrefundable except where otherwise noted Payments can be made by credit card (Visa, American Express andMasterCard only) Payments can be made by check: bank routing number and accountnumber required For payments made by third parties, any refund reimbursementwill be issued to the third party and not to the applicant All payments must be in US funds NCC does not accept debit cards or split payments (part check and part credit card) Maintenance fees can be submitted only online at the NCC website.Applications will not be accepted by mail, phone or fax.Other Payment Related FeesIncompleteApplicationFeeReturnedChecks andCredit CardChargeback All incomplete applications are subject to a 10reprocessing fee (not refundable) A 30 fee will be assessed for any check or e-checkreturned or a credit card payment disputed forany reason. Remittance thereafter of all fees mustbe in the form requested by NCC.The maintenancefee is 50.National Certification Corporation 676 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3600 Chicago, IL 60611-2832

NCCwebsite.org 8ELBWSUBSPECIALTYMAINTENANCECATALOGABOUT CONTINUINGEDUCATION CREDITSTime Frames when CE Needs to be EarnedContinuing Education must be earned during your current three year period ofcertification. Your specific dates are in your account.NCC Continuing Education Module UserYou can use NCC continuing education modules to earn CE in your specialty area.There are topics that relate to all specialty areas. Modules can earn 2 to 15 hoursof CE.Other Continuing Education OptionsNCC modules are just one option for earning CE. Earning CE at conferences, onlineor at work are just a few examples for other continuing education options.All CE must be accredited. See page 8 for additional details.National Certification Corporation 676 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3600 Chicago, IL 60611-2832

NCCwebsite.org 9ELBWSUBSPECIALTYMAINTENANCECATALOGABOUT CONTINUINGEDUCATION CREDITSAccrediting Agencies for Continuing Education CreditConversion Formulasfor Hours ofContinuing EducationAcademic Credit(U.S. and Canadianinstitutions only)1 quarter hour 10 hoursof continuing education1 semester hour 15 hoursof continuing educationOther1 CE 1 hour ofcontinuing education1 CEU 10 hours ofcontinuing education1 AMA Category 1 hour of continuingeducationAcademic and CME credit are accepted. For continuing education credit to beaccepted for the purpose of maintenance, the continuing education activity must beaccredited by one of the agencies below. NCC Colleges or universities State boards of nursing For profit or not-for-profit continuingeducation organizations such asContemporary Forums, WesternSchools, Professional Education Center,Perifacts, etc., provided that programssponsored by such organizationshave been accredited for continuingeducation. State nursing associations Nursing, medical or health careorganizations (this would include,for example, such organizations as:AWHONN, NPWH, NANN, ACOG,AMA etc.)Most of the for-profit organizations have achieved accreditation for their offeringthrough a state board of nursing or health care organization. Review accreditationdetails in the registration brochure or other information received when registeringfor the particular continuing education activity.All continuing education programs must be accredited and provide evidenceof such in the form of a certificate of completion issued to participants.1 CME 1 hour ofcontinuing educationCEARP 1 hour ofcontinuing educationACOG cognate 1 hourof continuing educationFor other designations,contact the CE provider forconversion translation.Listing ExampleACADEMIC CREDITProgram /Activity name: Course 301 Pathophysiology of the NewbornDate of program: 9/14/20 (list the date you finished the program)Number of hours: List in CE hours, see conversion formulaSponsor or accrediting agency/organization: University of ChicagoSelect the code thatmatches content of thecourse or lecture from thespecialty list. Rememberall content must beas specified by yourEducation Plan.National Certification Corporation 676 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3600 Chicago, IL 60611-2832

NCCwebsite.org 10ELBWSUBSPECIALTYMAINTENANCECATALOGSPECIALTY CONTENT AND CODINGYour CE and NCC Coding RequirementsWhat is Specialty Content?Maintenance is designed to insure that each certified individual maintains theirknowledge competencies of the specialty over time.Each core competency for a specialty has an assigned specialty code. The certifiedindividual decides what specialty code should be used based on their knowledgeof the content covered in the specific continuing education activity.Maintenance is tied to the core competencies for the specialty and not toindividualized practice settings.Where is the information I need for the coding system?NCC has created coding booklets specific to each core certification and has a specialtycode keyword search feature for browsing content categories and assigning the propermaintenance code.To access content coding tools: visit NCCwebsite.org choose Maintain Your Certification/Learn More click Subspecialty Certification scroll down to Documenting CE/Acceptable CE - browse keywordsThe specialty content code for C-ELBW is 7.NCC Maintenance Pre-ApprovalPre-approval is optional and should ONLY be used if you want NCCto approve the specialty codes you have chosen for your CE activities.Individuals should choose the code that best represents the content of the CE activity.When unsure if your continuing education activities will meet NCC maintenancerequirements, you can ask NCC to pre-approve the CE activities. The educationalactivities can be submitted online along with a non-refundable 30 fee. NCC willreview them, indicate if they are applicable to maintenance and will assign theappropriate specialty code to each activity you submit. NCC cannot code the contentunless you provide the titles of the lectures or CE activity you attended. If the titlesdo not represent the content you must provide more specific information to assistwith the coding. Any approved CE activity will be automatically posted to your onlinemaintenance application on NCCwebsite.org with the appropriate specialty code soyou won’t have to re-enter them at the time you maintain. The NCC MaintenancePre-Approval form is found in the maintenance section of NCCwebsite.org.National Certification Corporation 676 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3600 Chicago, IL 60611-2832

NCCwebsite.org 11ELBWSUBSPECIALTYMAINTENANCECATALOGSPECIALTY CONTENT AREASCONTENT OUTLINES FOR ELBW EXAM GENERAL ASSESSMENTAND MANAGEMENT Physical, Gestational Age, Behavioraland Neurological Assessment Delivery Room Management,Stabilization and Transition Transport/TransferCE earned formaintenanceof your ELBWsubspecialty erinatal Management, Maternal Risk FactorsPDuring Pregnancy and Obstetric Emergenciesthat Impact the ELBW Neonate Thermoregulation Cardiac Fluid and Electrolytes Respiratory Nutrition and Feeding GI/GU Respiratory Management/Oxygenation(e.g. Blood gases, Ventilation) Hematopoietic Skin Care Metabolic/Endocrine/Genetic Infection Risks (immaturity, prevention,bundles) Neurologic, Neuromuscular, Skin andMusculoskeletal Infectious Diseases RenalcertificationDEVELOPMENTAL CAREmust be Neurodevelopment (Structure,function, immaturity)related to Impact of NICU Environmentone of the N europrotective Intentional Caregivingand Promotion of Self-regulationfollowingcontent listingareas.DESCRIBE & MANAGEPATHOPHYSIOLOGIC STATESDESCRIBE & MANAGEPATHOPHYSIOLOGIC STATES N eurobehavioral Alterations and Responses(habituation, state and motor organization) Stress and Pain Assessment and Management Neuroprotection and Injury Prevention Head, Eyes, Ears, Noseand Throat PharmacologyASSESS AND MANAGE PSYCHOSOCIALBEHAVIORAL STATES AND ETHICALISSUES OF THE FAMILY THROUGHOUTHOSPITALIZATION AND DISCHARGEUTILIZING COMMUNICATION ANDDATA TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES Family Integration Trauma Informed Care/Parental Copingand Grieving Process End of Life Care/Palliative Care, Viabilityand legal/ethical issues Discharge Planning, Teaching and Follow up Risks for motor, cognitive, language delaysand expected milestones Professional Practice and Team Communicationalong the continuum of care EBP, QI, Research, Data Outcomes,BenchmarkingThe specialty content code for C-ELBW is 7.National Certification Corporation 676 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3600 Chicago, IL 60611-2832


Notification of successful maintenance Notification of maintenance will be sent via email. The progress of the maintenance application can be tracked by checking your NCCwebsite.org account for a new maintenance due date. After your maintenance has been approved, official certification documentation wil