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.
....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.....
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:
Informatics Nurse (Bachelor’s degree in nursing)
Informatics Nurse (Bachelor’s degree other than nursing)
Community/Public Health Nurse
Nursing Professional Development
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse
Nursing Case Management
Ambulatory Care Nursing
So, like RNsRWe said, you'll have to ask if you're curious which type of certification one has received.
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.
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.