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.
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.
Julie Eggert, PhD ACGN FAAN
Clemson School of Nursing
Former Advanced Practice Genetics Nurse
St Francis Cancer Center
Tammy McKamie MSN OCN ACGN
Cancer Genetics Educator
Christus St. Michael
Lori Farmer, ARNP MSN MS AGN-BC
Gulf Breeze, Florida
Stacy Hines-Dowell DNP FNP-BC AGN-BC
Advanced Practice Nurse
St. Jude Children Research Hospital
Sue Montgomery BSN OCN CGN
Genetic Nurse Navigator
Fox Chase Cancer Center
TinaMaria Bauman APN, AGN-BC, ARNP
System Director Nursing Clinical Genetics
AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Cancer Institute