What is Credentialling or Advanced Certification?
Credentialling or Advanced certification is an evaluation of a nurse’s experience, educational preparation and ongoing professional development against a set of established standards.
These standards include:
- minimum levels of practice and/or experience (underpinned by the DANA Specialist Nursing Standards and Competencies)
- recency of practice
- continuing professional development
The decision to participate in the DANA Pathways to Credentialling and Advanced Certification Programs is entirely voluntary. The program is open to DANA members and non-members, however there is a pricing differential.
What are the advantages?
The DANA Pathways to Credentialling and Advanced Certification Programs provide nurses with the opportunity to:
- validate their experience, knowledge and expertise;
- distinguish themselves as drug and alcohol nurses;
- enhance their professional confidence;
- retain a strong professional identity as a CDAN or ACAN;
- enhance career opportunities;
- provide for a consistent standard of practice;
- contribute to better patient outcomes.
Are you undecided?
DANA encourages experienced Drug and Alcohol Nurses to apply for Credentialling and Advanced Certification. There are many pathways that you can take to achieve Credentialling or Advanced Certification.
Firstly, download the appropriate package for your country (see below), and read it thoroughly. This will explain the different pathways that you can take for your individual application. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you. Just send an email to: email@example.com
Download a brochure
Application packages for Credentialling or Advanced Certification
Australian applicants – follow this link to download your copy of the DANA Pathways to Credentialling Program Australia
New Zealand applicants – follow this link to down load your copy of DANA Pathways to Advanced Certification Program Aoteoroa New Zealand
These documents set out the information required for the initial application.
Application Packages for Re-Credentialling / Re-Certification
Australian applicants – follow this link to download your copy of the DANA Re-Credentialling Application Package Australia
New Zealand applicants – follow this link to down load your copy of DANA Re-Certification Application Package Aoteoroa New Zealand
Payment is required at the time you make your credentialling submission. DANA members $120 and non-members $300.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is credentialling?
Credentialling is ‘a process of professional validation by which an individual nurse may be designated as having met established professional nursing practice standards’. Credentialling is sometimes referred to as ‘certification’.
What are some of the benefits of credentialling?
- Ensuring a consistent standard of quality patient care;
- A consistent standard of practice;
- Retaining a strong identity as specialist drug and alcohol nurses;
- Opening employment prospects;
- Being a recognised expert in the field.
Is credentialling only for nurse practitioners?
No. Credentialling allows nurses to voluntarily measure their practice and experience against a pre-determined standard. It is not necessarily about ‘advanced practice’ but it is about ‘best practice. Nor is credentialling about deeming a nurse competent at any tasks. This would require an observational evaluation, and this is not a part of the credentialling process. Credentialling is open to all nurses who choose to volunteer for the process. It provides a benchmark – if someone has been through the process then there is a known standard against which they have been compared.
What are the options for experienced nurses who may not have post graduate qualifications?
There can be several pathways to becoming credentialled. The role of the Credentialling Advisory Committee (CAC) will be to finally determine these pathways.
Are non-DANA members be able to participate in the credentialling process?
Yes, but they would be required to pay a higher premium for this, so they would be advantaged by joining DANA
Will I need to go through the process again?
Yes. A Credentialling or Advanced Certification award lasts for three years. It is important that we demonstrate our ongoing commitment to professional development, so the opportunity to re-credential occurs every three years.
I am relatively new to my workplace and don’t have a three-year relationship with a potential peer reviewer.
You may have up to three peer reviewers to cover the three-year time frame. However, each peer reviewer must have known the applicant for a minimum period of 12 months.