By Laura Lesley
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing alumnus Christopher Spencer, MSN, RN, CPN, NE-BC, recently passed the Nurse Executive board certification examination. Offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the certification examination is a competency-based examination that provides an assessment of the entry-level clinical knowledge and skills of the nurse charged with managing daily operations of a unit or service line.
Spencer, Solid Tumor Unit Manager at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, recently completed the UAB School of Nursing’s Nursing Health System Administration (NHSA) specialty track, ranked No. 2 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The track provides students with opportunities to explore innovative health care delivery systems in preparation for roles from unit managers to executive positions.
“The NHSA coursework provided more than enough preparation for the Nurse Executive board certification exam, and I was able to successfully pass without using any supplemental study materials,” Spencer said.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at the UAB School of Nursing and am grateful for the encouragement and support provided from the faculty along the way. I was inspired to push beyond my comfort zone and my desire to lead others toward better outcomes in healthcare was reaffirmed.”
Spencer earned his MSN from the UAB School of Nursing in 2018.