The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Extends Partnership with Testing Provider PSI, Elevating Excellence in Nursing Certification

October 17, 2023

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has renewed its partnership with PSI, leading testing provider. This extended collaboration solidifies PSI’s role as AACN’s full-service testing partner, reaffirming their commitment to advancing the highest standards of critical care and progressive care nursing.

Building upon a partnership that began in 2001, PSI’s services encompass test center and live online proctoring delivery, as well as psychometric/test development services.

“We are honored to be chosen once again by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses as their full-service testing provider,” said Isabelle Gonthier, Chief Assessment Officer at PSI. “This decision reflects our unwavering commitment to providing comprehensive assessment solutions that empower healthcare professionals to excel in their field. We eagerly anticipate continuing our collaboration with AACN and contributing to the success of critical care nurses across the nation.”

Throughout this 22-year partnership, AACN and PSI have worked together to create assessments that accurately reflect the skills and knowledge required of critical care nurses. One of the critical factors contributing to the program’s success was the ability to leverage the expertise of certified nurses who serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) during AACN’s annual examination development process.

In addition to traditional test center delivery, PSI supported AACN’s transition to live online proctoring delivery, allowing candidates to take their tests securely and conveniently from remote locations. This advancement in testing technology has proven especially valuable during the challenging circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to COVID-19, both organizations worked together and calibrated every phase of the examination development process to prioritize safety and security, ensuring that test takers can proceed with confidence. As healthcare becomes increasingly complex, the partnership between AACN and PSI remains steadfast in its commitment to maintaining and enhancing the highest standards of excellence in nursing certification.

AACN’s focus on security aligns seamlessly with PSI’s dedication to test security. The transition of AACN’s flagship exams to Linear On-the-Fly Testing (LOFT), a method that enhances security, was a significant achievement in their partnership. PSI ensured that security features were augmented while adhering to AACN’s standards and practices.

“We are proud to partner with PSI as our full-service testing provider, as their unwavering commitment to excellence aligns seamlessly with AACN’s mission to elevate critical care nursing standards. This collaboration reaffirms our dedication to delivering assessments that empower healthcare professionals and ensure the highest level of patient care.” – Kristen Thomas, Certification Manager at AACN

As AACN continues to set the standard for excellence in critical care nursing, PSI remains dedicated to supporting their mission through the delivery of innovative assessment solutions and exceptional client service.

AACN is a member of the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS). And, as the leading testing provider for specialty nursing certification, PSI works with more than 80% of the ABNS member boards. Its mission is to continue to bring best practices to these nursing specialties boards and to collaborate on new and innovative approaches to credentialing.

For more information about AACN’s selection of PSI as its full-service testing provider, please read more here.

About AACN

For more than 50 years, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has been dedicated to acute and critical care nursing excellence. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. AACN is the world’s largest specialty nursing organization, with about 130,000 members and nearly 200 chapters in the United States.

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About PSI
We partner with clients in a rapidly evolving landscape to deliver over 22 million tests every year. All backed by exceptional test taker experiences, innovative test delivery solutions, and best practice test development.

PSI’s long history of testing is grounded in proven science, the latest technology and extensive operational expertise. Our unwavering focus is on delivering frictionless and fair test taker experiences, without compromising test integrity. Whether it’s through valid test content, authorized test centers, secure remote testing with online proctoring, multi-modal test delivery, testing windows or continuous testing on-demand.

We partner with test sponsors covering the breadth of professional sectors, from healthcare and IT to numerous highly specialized industries. And we develop and deliver licensure tests across multiple industries including insurance, real estate, barber and cosmetology, construction and trades.

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