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Welcome

Welcome to the Nurse Portfolio Credentialing Commission (NPCC) website.  Here you will find a brief  history of the NPCC, information about the Clinical Genetic Nurse (CGN) and Advanced Clinical Genetic Nurse (ACGN) credentials, a brief description of the documents required and the early steps to take in order to submit a portfolio for review.  

About Us

History of NPCC

  

In the fall of 2017, following the discontinuation of Portfolio Assessment credentialing for genetics/genomics nurses by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) recognized that another entity must be supported to provide this important credentialing. 


During the October 2017 ISONG World Congress, held in Reston, Virginia, there was a  call for expert genomics nurse volunteers to work on developing a new organization,  separate from ISONG, to provide genomic nursing credentialing. From a list of 21  volunteer nurses a smaller diverse list of individuals, willing to dedicate extensive time  to create a new organization, were sanctioned to develop the Nurse Portfolio  Credentialing Commission (NPCC). This included the requirement to establish a new,  not-for-profit business, develop Articles of Incorporation, and identify By-Laws. In  addition, the Board was directed to identify the portfolio assessment criteria, methods,  evaluation, and reporting based on the Scope and Standards of Genomic Nursing, 2nd  edition (2016). An online program, Via by Watermark, was identified to accept portfolios  for review and long-term storage of the submitted portfolios. Viewed as an innovative,  educational system, Via is believed capable to assist in development of an intentional  approach to learning and development such that further standardization of genomic  nursing practice based on trusted data is feasible.


Seven nurses accepted an invitation from the ISONG Board of Directors to be the initial members of the NPCC Board of Directors. This group was joined by several other volunteers and one consultant member, previously in the role of Executive Director of the Genetics Nursing Credentialing Commission (GNCC). These genomics nurse leaders, along with others subsequently appointed by the NPCC Board of Directors to fill vacancies on the Board, represented a diversity of geographic location, position, employer, number of years in nursing, number of years in genomics nursing, number of years being certified/credentialed in the specialty, academic preparation, and certification credentials. This group of nurses was primarily responsible for developing the portfolio assessment program for the NPCC. The initial volunteer portfolio reviewers were evaluated for their expertise and longevity with credentialing. The identified reviewers participated in beta testing to determine their inter-rater reliability and validity of the criteria. The NPCC website and portfolio submission for credentialing went live on December 2, 2019. 

NPCC Board of Directors

President

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Julie Eggert, PhD ACGN  FAAN

Professor Emerita 

Clemson School of Nursing


Former Advanced Practice Genetics Nurse

St Francis Cancer Center

Greenville, SC


Bluffton, SC

Secretary

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Tammy McKamie MSN OCN ACGN

Cancer Genetics Educator 

Christus St. Michael


Texarkana, TX

Treasurer

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Lori Farmer, ARNP MSN MS AGN-BC




Gulf Breeze, Florida

Advanced Clinical Genetics Representative

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Stacy Hines-Dowell DNP FNP-BC AGN-BC

Advanced Practice Nurse

St. Jude Children Research Hospital


Memphis, TN

Clinical Genetics Representative

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Sue Montgomery BSN OCN CGN

Genetic Nurse Navigator

Fox Chase Cancer Center



Philadelphia, PA

Member at Large

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TinaMaria Bauman APN, AGN-BC, ARNP

System Director Nursing Clinical Genetics

AMITA Health  Alexian Brothers Cancer Institute

Illinois

Credential versus Certification

  

In Nursing, some practitioners have a credential while others have a certification, or alternately they may have both types for their different specialties (Oncology and Genetics). What is the difference between a credential and a certificate/certification? 

A credential is issued by a third party, such as NPCC or American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These groups have authoritative power to quantify proof of an individual’s qualification or competence in a given subject. For Nurses in a Genetics Clinical Practice, the competence is based on the ability to demonstrate their application of the “Genetics/Genomics Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd edition, 2016”. 

Beyond personal desire for more knowledge, possessing a credential helps prove competency and capability in a given field, and demonstrates to one’s community and employers that the individual is competent, properly trained and equipped to carry out their duties. For some credentials, the individual will sit for an exam or submit a portfolio of documents, after meeting certain requirements — a set level of education, experience or a combination of both. Credentials serve as verification that a professional has achieved a baseline level of competency in their specialty subject matter. With credentialed staff members, employers are assured of having a workforce of employees that are capable of handling whatever challenges their job responsibilities present. Credentials need to be renewed at specific time periods with continuing education units, documentation of clinical practice experience and validation of 

Certification is a formal process that recognizes and validates an individual’s qualifications in a certain subject. Certification is earned by an individual to assure they are qualified to perform a job or task through the acknowledgement of educational achievement. Certificates verify, many times with an exam, that a professional has achieved a baseline level of competence in a complicated subject area. A passing score assures employers that an individual is capable of handling the challenges his or her job responsibilities present. Certifications are earned from a professional society and must be renewed periodically, generally through completed continuing education units.

The document below, Genetic Nursing Evolution, lists the important dates in the growth, development and incorporation of genetics into a recognized specialty. Part of this evolution is offering a credential. While other specialties have used exams to demonstrate expertise, nurses in Genetics have only submitted portfolios with evidence documents based on the current Genetics/Genomics Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, such as 2001 versus 2016. This submission requires much time and organization to create a professional portfolio of a nurse's work experiences in Genetics.

NPCC and ISONG Brochures

These brochures can be downloaded and shared with other nurses interested in genetics and/or credentialing.