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  1. Davis, Theresa M. MSN, RN
  2. Barden, Connie MSN, CCRN-E, CCNS, RN
  3. Olff, Carol MSN, CCRN-E, NEA-BC, RN
  4. Aust, Mary Pat MS, RN
  5. Seckel, Maureen A. APN, ACNS-BC, CCNS, CCRN
  6. Jenkins, Crystal L. MHI, RN
  7. Deibert, Wendy BSN, RN
  8. Griffin, Phyllis MSN, BSN, RN
  9. Herr, Pat BSN, RN
  10. Hawkins, Carrie MSN, BSN, CCRN, RN
  11. McCarthy, Mary BSN, RN


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the world's largest specialty nursing organization. The AACN Certification Corporation provides credentialing to validate nursing practice in acute and critical care. The advent of tele-ICU nursing added a challenge to the application of certification in a new specialty area. Nurses working in a tele-ICU have many years of experience in hands-on acute or critical care nursing at the bedside. In their role as tele-ICU nurses, these skills are applied to the assessment, evaluation, and decision support of care for critically ill patients in various acute and critical care units from remote locations connected directly to the ICU through high-speed audio and video technology. This article outlines the journey of the advent of the CCRN-E (registered nurse in critical care) credential and its place in the new specialty of tele-ICU nursing practice.