I somehow feel obliged to post this. Haha. 😀
A nurse interested in taking the Accreditation Exam must be WORKING in a DIALYSIS FACILITY or HAS ALREADY undergone DIALYSIS TRAINING (must have a minimum of 6 months hospital/clinical experience prior to hemodialysis training). Accreditation exams are held after every update, so make sure to attend the update first. Here’s what you’ll need.
- Certificate of Hemodialysis Training
- PRC License
- IVT License
- RENAP Membership ID
- PNA Memership ID
Since I’ve been working as an HD nurse for more than a year now, it got me interested. And there’s no harm in trying. Besides, I should be a member of RENAP. Since I’m a renal nurse. Paulit ulit? Haha!
So after doing some research on the internet and asking around, I marked March 27, 2011 on my calendar. But I almost did not take the exam. March 25-26, I was at a friend’s birthday event and was drained of energy and resources haha. In fact, by 12 midnight, I was still undecided on whether to go. I came to a conclusion then. If I do not wake up in time, then that’s my sign.
I woke up very early anyway.
By 8AM, I was standing outside the DAPA Hall at the Philippine Heart Center. There was a long line of eager nurses. Also, there was no system. I just followed the majority and hoped that it was the right line. Thankfully, there was another nurse who, just like me, had no idea where to go and what to do (haha), so we stayed together. By 8:30 AM, after paying the fees, we were inside the lecture hall.
Just a quick recap. The fees included (in my case):
1. RENAP Membership Fee – P300
2. Update – P350
3. Accreditation Exam – P550
4. PNA Membership – P400 (I last renewed mine in 2009 haha. This was another requirement so I had no choice but to renew. You should have done this already before going to the exam venue.)
Grand TOTAL: P1,600
The Update took whole morning, and then the exam followed after lunch. In the middle of the update, a friend from elementary, Maureen, txted me and asked if i was at the venue. I glanced back and saw her. When I went out, I saw another batch mate from college. And when I went to the lavatory, I saw a co-worker from my unit. He was on some business and I told him not to tell anyone from our workplace. Without much success.
Be sure to have all your requirements before having the final interview. There were some people who were not allowed to take the exam, and it almost included myself. But that’s not important right now. Hahaha!
I had mixed feelings after the exam. There were a lot of topics that I wasn’t very familiar with, especially with CRRT and Peritoneal Dialysis. And the more I asked around and researched, the more I got depressed. Well, I hope I pass.
What do I get? A new title. An addition actually. After RN (Registered Nurse), there’s CRN (Certified Renal Nurse). I do have to wait until July to get the license and certificate, but what’s important is that I passed already. To all new CRNs, see you on July. 🙂
Renal Nurses Association of the Philippines (RENAP)
4A Hospital Building
Philippine Heart Center
East Avenue, Quezon City
Telephone Number: (02) 925-2410 local 2472