Heart Failure Certification 2013

Why Certify


Top Five Reasons:

  1. Formal recognition (via CHFN or CHFN-K credentials) of specialized knowledge in heart failure care and your commitment to providing optimal patient care.
  2. Patients have better outcomes when care is provided by certified nurses. In a study of nurses certified in rehabilitation (CRRNs), length of patient stay was shortened 6% for every 1% increase in certified nurses on the unit.1
  3. Personal pride in accomplishment and an informal commitment to providing heart failure care based on best practice / evidence based practices.
  4. Hospital administrators understand that certification reflects excellence in the field and they desire a high percentage of certified staff nurses.
  5. Many institutions or practices reward certified nurses by increased pay, reimbursement of test expenses, and advancement in a clinical ladder program.

To obtain certification, you remain competitive in the ever-changing field of heart failure care. Certification reflects your outward responsiveness in providing the best possible care for your patients. Certification reflects a willingness to learn and adapt positively to new evidence related to heart failure assessment, care planning, interventions/treatments, and evaluation of care delivered.

1 Nelson A, Powell-Cope G, Palacios P, et al. Nurse staffing and patient outcomes in inpatient rehabilitation settings. Rehabilitation Nursing. 2007;32(5):179-202.

1120 Rt 73, Ste 200,
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

888.45.AAHFN / 888-452-2436


For questions concerning exam educational resources, contact Gail Haas 888-452-2436

For questions concerning the exam for certification questions, contact Cindy Tavormina 888-452-2436 ext. 2 

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