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:
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.