Credentialing of Gastroenterology Nurses is overseen by COGEN.
To develop and administer and appropriate examination and recredentialing process for the advanced gastroenterology practicing nurse.
Credentialing is a voluntary examination process that formally recognizes the advanced knowledge and skills of nurses within the specialty of gastroenterology. It is a useful benchmarking tool for both advanced practice nurses and employers.
The credentialing process:
Registered and endorsed enrolled nurses working in the field of gastroenterology/endoscopy/Hepatology with two years full time experience or equivalent post-graduate qualifications.
The exam process is a self-directed study program. The process of becoming credentialed has two pathways. They are:
Study manual (optional) – available for purchase through COGEN
Reading list – on GENCA website for download at the end of the handbook
Portal – access to COGEN directors and other examination candidates
Grants – are available through GENCA twice a year (see GENCA website for details). COGEN also has education scholarships from Device Technologies. The COGEN scholarships are available to the first 2 candidates from each state that have registered and paid. This money includes the cost of the examination and the textbook and will be reimbursed following completion of the examination.
Testimonials from previous Olympus Nurse of the Year recipients - click here
Olympus award - $2,500 for 1st place, $1000 for 2nd place and $500 for 3rd place however 2nd and 3rd placings are dependent on number of successful candidates per year.
Nominals - You will hold the title of ACGEN (Australian Credentialed Gastroenterology Nurse) or ACGEEN (Australian Credentialed Gastroenterology Endorsed Enrolled Nurse) for a period of 3 years.
During your 3rd year, COGEN will send out an invitation for your submission to retain your nominal. This will involve the development of a clinical portfolio for the past 3 years and verification of your recency of practice hours. A one-page reflection of your clinical practice from the past year will also be required. You will need to download the recredentialing handbooks (2) from the GENCA website and complete the application forms and reporting templates then submit them to the COGEN President as per the handbook.
The COGEN Board will assess the portfolio and if validated, your credential will be continued for a further 3 years.
Some submissions will be audited as a quality control process.
The Robyn Harvey Award is given to a COGEN Board chosen individual who submits an application worthy of this award. This award is based on passion to the field of gastroenterology, the provision of knowledge, dedication to both clinical and professional settings, mentorship, leadership and a well-presented application. This award will be presented during the award ceremony at AGW. There is also a reimbursement of your application fee.