Since when is there literally a certification for anything in nursing? I recently was looking at a job posting and one of the requirements was "Certification in medication administration" or something to that effect. I was left scratching my head. I went through four years of nursing school and graduated summa cum laude, I have my BScN, I passed my licensing exam with no problem, and I have over 2 years of "real world" nursing under my belt. I'd like to think I am competent enough to give my patients medications. Why do I need additional schooling and a certificate telling people I'm certified to give someone their pills?
But looking at other job postings around, there is literally a certification or course for everything. A lot of jobs seem to require a "Physical Assessment Course", which I can see might be useful but at the same time, I know how to do a basic head-to-toe assessment thanks to heavy emphasis on it in nursing school.
And then there are the certifications specific to each nursing specialty - oncology nursing, medical nursing, pediatrics nursing, etc. This I can see definite merit to. However, I am a relatively new nurse, just getting my feet wet and wanting to test the waters in various specialties to see what suits me best. I don't know what I want to do or stick with, so I don't have specialty certifications because I feel like going through all of that work only to stay in that specialty for 1-2 years would be...kinda pointless? If I decide to stick with a specialty, then I would consider getting certified in it. But...whatever happened to "on the job" learning?
Also, how in the world do people keep up with their certifications and re-certs? My head is swimming with it all. There is BCLS to keep up with, I also have my non-violent crisis intervention and gentle persuasive approach certification, and where I work, we have at least a dozen "self learning packages" (with tests) to read and complete every 2 years (on top of the massive tome that is the chemotherapy package/test). I am also doing an online oncology course. How in the world do I add even more on to that and maintain the things I already have?
Basically, I think I'm just frustrated that, even after 4 years of nursing school, there are still more courses to complete even for a general med-surg floor for things nursing school covered already. I am not even looking into any critical care areas, which is a whole beast in and of itself...