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ANCC and ATHN Announce First Board Certification for Hemostasis Nursing

SILVER SPRING, Md. — December 16, 2015 — The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network (ATHN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by bleeding and clotting disorders, announced the launch of a new certification through portfolio for Hemostasis Nursing. Nurses certified through the ANCC portfolio assessment method are considered to be among the highest-qualified nurses in the world.

This new certification will credential hemostasis nurses in their specialty area and certify their unique knowledge, skills and contributions to delivering care to a diverse patient population with bleeding and clotting disorders. The certification is open to all hemostasis nurses including ATHN affiliate members who represent the leading hemophilia treatment centers. The program is available now at

The ANCC certification through portfolio is an alternative assessment method for credentialing individual registered nurses in their specialty area. Nurses document their skills, knowledge, abilities and career accomplishments as part of the application assessment process. Certification through portfolio requires equivalent rigor equivalent to that of examinations to meet accrediting bodies’ criteria for determining proficiency through a peer review process informed by nurse experts. These credentials foster both professional growth and job satisfaction while demonstrating a nurse’s commitment to providing excellent care.

ANCC incorporates the latest evidence-based research in nursing practice standards. ANCC is the only nurse credentialing organization to achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification in the design, development and delivery of global credentialing services and support products for nurses and health care organizations.

"Certification through portfolio is an excellent method for credentialing and will greatly serve the nursing profession. We look forward to continuing a productive collaboration with the American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network to support the important work they do in advancing and fostering high standards of nursing practice in the care of individuals with hemostatic disorders," said Executive Vice President and Chief ANCC Officer Linda C. Lewis, MSA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE.

"The opportunity for board certification for hemostasis nursing will be welcomed by the hemostasis community. Thanks to the vision of many in the field and the support of the Partners in Bleeding Disorders Education Program, the specialized expertise and career accomplishments of hemostasis nurses will be formally recognized at last," stated ATHN President and CEO Diane Aschman.

About ANCC
The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. ANCC’s internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC recognizes health care organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits health care organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education.

About ATHN
The American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network (ATHN) is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing and improving care for individuals affected by bleeding and thrombotic disorders. ATHN’s mission is to provide stewardship of a secure national database, adherent to all privacy guidelines, which will be used to support clinical outcomes analysis, research, advocacy and public health reporting in the hemostasis and thrombosis community.