Has anyone started a certification program? I have a GREAT idea.

  1. I have a great idea for a certification program - non-clinical in nature. An advocacy / navigator / advisor type of thing for hospital nurses. I've done extensive research and have found nothing like it - but everyone I present the idea to thinks it's a GREAT idea.

    Do any of you have experience with this type of thing? Know someone who has? I'd appreciate contact / resources.

    I recently completed my MSN, and feel I now have the academic chops to carry this out. I served as principal investigator for a research study about the area I'm interested in. I'm wanting to develop a seminar-type of program which would result in certification for this position. So I'm guessing that in addition to the actual program content, I'd need a website and actual business licensing paperwork.
  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   marycarney
    I prefer not to share the actual idea yet, but the closest thing I can compare is to is Vicki Millazano (I've most likely spelled her name incorrectly) and her Nurse Legal Consultant program. Non-clinical, self-designed certification.
  4. by   wellcoachRN
    I think you have an incredible idea! I recently was looking for a program and found the Center for Patient Partnerships through the University of Wisconsin Madison. It seems that they have an extensive program. I really think that this type of training is needed. Elizabeth Vargus has a very interesting book on patient rights and advocacy. Best of luck to your future biz!
  5. by   elprup
    Do it!
  6. by   julielive
    Is this information that is covered in the certification for Risk Management or Case Management? My risk management certification covered many legal aspects of nursing, i.e. nurse practice act, litigation, negligence, etc.

    My case management certification covered Medicare, secondary payor sources, changes in healthcare, etc.

    Thank you!
  7. by   SHGR
    Could you clarify- by "An advocacy / navigator / advisor type of thing for hospital nurses" do you mean a patient navigator, like what is now seen in oncology, or a career advisor/mentorship program?
  8. by   marycarney
    Not a patient navigator - rather an advocate for a certain category of fellow nurses. Advising administration on their unique employment needs etc.
  9. by   overtonis
    there is definite gab between admin and nursing workforce. The question will become - does Admin consider this gap an issue worth tackling? Isn't this along lines of what a nursing union tries to accomplish?