Does anybody really care? Is it really worth it?

  1. i have to ask, does anybody really care whether or not someone has a specialty certification? (i.e. cen, ccrn, etc etc)
    it's not required to have by any employer i know of? why do i ask this question? well i have had my cen for 4 years now, and am due to renew it. it cost me $80 to renew my nursing license. it is going to cost me, $240 to renew my cen? kind of bizzare is it not? it's all about joining up also.

    renew: $150 for ena member.
    $ 280.00 for non members

    however, you can join the ena for $96.00 and renew for $150.00, which equals $246.00


    just me

    p.s. - i also forgot to point out, our system now pays $325 a year for maintaining your cert. it gets paid out lump sum, every third quarter.
    Last edit by CEN35 on Apr 8, '02
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  2. Poll: Do employers really care about specialty certs?

    • Yes they do!

      26.32% 5
    • No they don't!

      42.11% 8
    • Undecided?

      31.58% 6
    19 Votes
  3. 5 Comments

  4. by   RNforLongTime
    I haven't obtained any specialty certification yet but the hospitals that I have worked for, none of them pay any differential for any specialty certification whatsoever. I would want to do it for my own personal satisfaction and benefit and no other reason.
  5. by   RN-PA
    I obtained Med-Surg certification in 2000 and get nothing extra from my employer. I did it for, as kaknurse stated, "...my own personal benefit and satisfaction and no other reason." I have to obtain 150 CEU's in 5 years to maintain the certification or retake the exam. Since my manager will only pay for one outside seminar/year, (and most seminars I receive info about are only around 6 CEU's) I have to foot the bill for any other CEU's I obtain, and I'm not willing to spend that much money. There are some free lectures I try to attend at the hospital but they're usually only worth 1.2 CEU's or so. So I will be letting the certification lapse unless I decide to again sit for the exam in 2005. (My hospital will pay for the exam as long as you pass.)
  6. by   fergus51
    A lot of hospitals here require it for newer nurses.
  7. by   Stormy
    Nurses are paid extra for specialty certs just as they are paid extra for any other course such as a management course, critical care course, etc.

    From a managers point of view, if someone has obtained this distinction, I feel that person displays initiative and responsibility for maintenance of their professional compentency and that they accept ownership for their continuing education (not that they need to have total and complete ownership-an employer must share in this responsibility).
  8. by   misti_z
    Originally posted by kaknurse
    I haven't obtained any specialty certification yet but the hospitals that I have worked for, none of them pay any differential for any specialty certification whatsoever. I would want to do it for my own personal satisfaction and benefit and no other reason.
    Same here.

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