Nurses Point to Competence, Confidence and Continued Learning as Reasons to Pursue Certification

Newswise (03/15/18)

March 19 marks Certified Nurses Day, which honors and recognizes the essential work of certified nurses. "The process of setting a goal, reviewing, studying, and keeping current, as well as the validation certification provides, definitely made me a more confident nurse. I'm more likely to take on tough patient care conversations with colleagues and care providers, and more likely to assert my opinion," says Michelle Garson, RN-BC, CCRN-CSC, PCCN-CMC, staff nurse in the Cardiac Recovery Unit at The Queen's Medical Center, Honolulu. Leslie Foran-Lee, MSN, RN, PCCN-K, advanced clinical educator at Virtua West Jersey Health System, asserts: "Our education and clinical staff work hand-in-hand to apply evidence-based practices at the bedside and deliver the best care possible to our patients. That means we all need top-notch knowledge and skills, and certification is an excellent way to validate our practice against national standards." Achieving certification also spurs confidence, lifelong learning, inspiration, and career opportunities as well as represents a mark of excellence. Data collected by the American Board of Nursing Specialties in 2016 found that more than 769,917 nurses in the United States and Canada held certifications, which were granted by 28 certifying organizations and represented 144 different credentials. Currently, more than 110,000 certified acute and critical care nurses hold credentials from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' Certification Corporation.

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