CHFN and CHFN-K Examination

 

The exam reflects the 2013 ACCF/AHA heart failure guidelines and the 2016 Pharmacology guidelines. The AAHFN offers two resources to study for the exam - the Heart Failure Nursing Certification Core Curriculum Review (2nd Edition) book found in the online bookstore and the online Heart Failure Review Course, which is in the Education Activities. These two resources are based on the 2013 guidelines. We, also recommend that you review the guidelines

 

2013 heart failure guidelines - CLICK HERE 

 

2016 Pharmacology updates - CLICK HERE

 

 

CHFN for the Clinical RN or CHFN-K - Certification for the Non-Clinical RN

 

Compare the chart below to see if you are eligible to be a CHFN or CHFN-K.


The exam is the same as the CHFN, but eligibility criteria has been tailored to ensure that the CHFN-K exam candidate equally meets the standards set to sit for the exam.

 

The CHFN-K credential can also be for the CHFN that while still involved with heart failure has taken his or her career in a different path and no longer is involved with clinical care. The distinction being knowledge-based.

Whether you are a CHFN or CHFN-K, it is the Mark of Distinction of your commitment to the heart failure community.

 
Eligibility Criteria -
Certification
Clinical Nurses
CHFN
Non Clinical Nurses
CHFN-K
Registered nurse background Current, active RN license for at least 2 years or it’s equivalent (4160 hours) Current, active RN license for at least 5 years or its equivalent(10,400 hours)
Clinical practice in the care of patients with heart failure 1,200 hours within the last 2 years (equates to 29% of time in clinical practice within the previous 2 years) Not applicable
Education Registered nurse Registered nurse with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing [BSN] or equivalent bachelors degree + 2400 hours experience in current role
or
Masters + 2080 hours experience in current role
Evidence of indirect work in heart failure Not applicable Evidence of how nurses are indirectly involved in patients with HF or how nurses complete action(s) in their role that are related to HF
Total continuing education hours / Heart failure continuing education 30 hours of accredited continuing education within the last two (2) years, of which a minimum of 15 hours must be focused on care of patients with heart failure. 30 hours of accredited heart failure continuing education within the last two (2) years.
 
Recertification Open


June 2017 Expirees
Closed

September 2017 Expirees Reactivation 
Open November 1 - December 31, 2017 - -additional fees apply

December 2017 Expirees
Open September 1 - November 17, 2017

 

 

 


Why Certify ?

 
 

Top Five Reasons:


• Formal recognition (via CHFN credentials) of specialized knowledge in heart failure care and your commitment to providing optimal patient care.

Contact Us

 
 

AAHFN-CB,
1120 Rt 73, Ste 200,
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

888.45.AAHFN / 888-452-2436

856.439.0525