OAK BROOK, IL--(Marketwired - Oct 15, 2013) - Joint Commission Resources (JCR) announces that its Certified Joint Commission Professional (CJCP™) program has been approved for participation in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Let's Get Certified campaign to encourage nurses to achieve specialty certification. JCR is a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission.

CJCP, which signifies expertise and leadership in Joint Commission hospital accreditation and its connection to pivotal quality and safety issues, now joins other programs that meet the VA's endorsement of approved certification programs. The only certification developed and endorsed by The Joint Commission and JCR, CJCP provides accreditation professionals with distinguishing recognition and credentials and enhances the skills and expertise of those professionals responsible for planning, leading, coordinating, and executing accreditation compliance activities in hospitals.

The VA Let's Get Certified program promotes specialty certification as a way to foster nursing excellence. Launched in 2008, Let's Get Certified is designed to encourage certification, which the VA believes will in turn enhance patient care and improve recruitment and retention of nurses.

To achieve the CJCP credential, a nurse or other eligible health care professional must meet eligibility requirements and pass an examination on topics such as understanding The Joint Commission accreditation process and the standards. The exam focuses on Joint Commission standards including a special focus on Medical Staff, Environment of Care and Leadership, as well as patient safety and ongoing performance improvement. CJCP was launched in September 2012 with the first exam offered in January, 2013. Since its launch, hundreds of accreditation professionals have submitted an application for this prestigious certification.

For more information or to apply for CJCP, please visit store.jcrinc.com/CJCP/ or contact Susan Murray, M.S., associate director, Certification, at smurray@jcrinc.com.

Joint Commission Resources (JCR), a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, is the official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission. JCR is an expert resource for health care organizations, providing consulting services, educational services and publications to assist in improving quality and safety and to help in meeting the accreditation standards of The Joint Commission. JCR provides consulting services independently from The Joint Commission and in a fully confidential manner. Please visit our Web site at www.jcrinc.com.

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