Theresa Valerio Receives Nurse Executive Advanced Board Certification

May 1, 2015

Theresa Valerio, Clinical Director of Nursing Services for Holy Cross Hospital, completed and passed the exam from the American Nurses Credentialing Center to receive her Nurse Executive Advanced Board Certification (NEA-BC). 

Board Certification is not required; however it is an important step in professional development. It allows professionals to stay up-to-date with the latest advances in medicine and patient care and is a meaningful indicator that a doctor, nurse and/or administrator has the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to provide high-quality patient care. In order to be eligible to even apply for the exam Mrs.

Valerio had to meet eligibility criteria that included:

  • Hold a current, active RN license within the state
  • Hold a master’s or higher degree in nursing, or hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s in another field.
  • Have held an administrative position at the nurse executive level, or a faculty position teaching graduate students executive-level nursing administration full-time for at least 24 months (or the equivalent) in the last 5 years.

Mrs. Valerio passed the first Board Executive exam in 2008 which allowed her to proceed in completing the advanced exam. She also holds a Master’s of Business in Health Care Management, and is currently working on her Doctorate of Nursing (Nurse Executive Organizational Leadership).

The NEA-BC exam is a competency based examination that provides a valid and reliable assessment of the entry-level clinical knowledge and skills of the nurse charged with managing the daily operations of a unit or service line. One of the key roles of the examination is to support evidence based practices.

The NEA-BC exam content outlines five central domains of practice:

  1. Quality management/Care management
  2. Professional Practice Environment
  3. Organizational leadership
  4. Organizational systems management
  5. Communication Collaboration

In order to pass the exam Mrs. Valerio studied many hours and has had to stay up-to-date on evidence based best practices in the medical field. She reviewed her competencies in areas such as conflict management, program planning, employee relations, research, communication, strategic planning and nursing theory. 

Once the eligibility requirements were completed to take the certification examination and the exam was successfully passed Mrs. Valerio was awarded the credential: Nurse Executive Advanced-Board Certified (NEA-BC) which is valid for 5 years. The only way to continue using this credential is by maintaining the license to practice and meeting the renewal requirements in place at the time of the certification renewal. 

Both the the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification accredits this ANCC certification.