Rn, C?

  1. What does the "C" in RN, C mean? What kind of certification is it?
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  3. by   TazziRN
    It does mean "certified".....I'm thinking in medsurg nursing?
  4. by   asilmk
    I didn't know if it meant ACLS or what. I keep seeing one person write RNC every time she signs something and I was wondering what it meant.
  5. by   wooh
    If you're certified by ANCC in whatever type of nursing, and have an Associate's Degree, you get a C (Mary Nurse, RN, C). If you have a Bachelor's, you get BC (Mary Nurse, RN, BC).
  6. by   EricJRN
    To make it even more confusing, the National Certification Corporation (NCC) offers the RNC (no comma) to specialty-certified nurses in various areas. The RNC is mainly for maternal/perinatal specialties.
  7. by   RNsRWe
    In other words, if you are curious about someone's RN,C or RNC, you'll have to ask what the specialty certification is!

    I've seen it for psych nursing, too, btw.
  8. by   prmenrs
    Sometimes, you might also see "MSNc" or "PhDc", which means they are studying for their Master's or PhD, therefore, a "candidate".
  9. by   KellieNurse06
    ....a nurse who takes care of my daughter actually is an RNC....and she used to work in a NICU at a big teaching hospital....so I am just guessing here but it is a special certification for neonatal icu nurses.....
  10. by   Reno1978
    Quote from wooh
    If you're certified by ANCC in whatever type of nursing, and have an Associate's Degree, you get a C (Mary Nurse, RN, C). If you have a Bachelor's, you get BC (Mary Nurse, RN, BC).
    Quote from RNsRWe
    In other words, if you are curious about someone's RN,C or RNC, you'll have to ask what the specialty certification is!

    I've seen it for psych nursing, too, btw.

    Looking at the ANCC's website, the credentials are the same (RN,C [Certified] or RN,BC [Board Certified, requires BSN]) but the specialty can vary. You can get certified for RN,C for any of the following:

    Cardiac/Vascular Nurse
    Informatics Nurse (Bachelor’s degree in nursing)
    Informatics Nurse (Bachelor’s degree other than nursing)
    Nursing Administration
    Community/Public Health Nurse
    Gerontological Nurse
    Medical-Surgical Nurse
    Nursing Professional Development
    Pediatric Nurse
    Perinatal Nurse
    Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse
    Nursing Case Management
    Ambulatory Care Nursing
    Pain Management

    So, like RNsRWe said, you'll have to ask if you're curious which type of certification one has received.
  11. by   classicdame
    definitely not ACLS. There are many professional organizations that offer certification in various types of nursing. The American Nurses Credentialing Center is one example, through ANA. Certification means you are "specialized" in a certain area of practice.
  12. by   asilmk
    Thanks!
  13. by   cardiac.cure03
    Does getting ACLS allow you anymore credentials?

    Just curious... as I just got mine last week!
  14. by   DEB52
    In Sept 2006 I recieved my certification in In-house OB through National Certification Corpporation. I had to study for and take a test that covered from antepartum to postpartum and everything in between. I am proud to say that I passed the test. So I get to signed with RNC. There are different tests that you can take in maternity nursing. Also you have to keep up your ceu's every 3 years to maintain it.

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