Do you think RNs should be certified in their clinical area. Do you have any incentives in your unit to get your certification? What benefits do certification provide??
Nov 25, '98
Hi! All of the nurses in our PACU are certified. It has only been for our own satisfaction. Our pay scale has not changed, nor are we formally recognized for being certified.
Hope others have more positive input!
Dec 2, '98
I am not sure what the benefit would be except marketability and increased knowledge base from which to draw, but I am very interested in getting my Gerontologic Certification and don't have a clue about how to go about getting started on it , can anyone help me with info on how to do it????thanks
Dec 3, '98
I think that working for and receiving your certification shows a commitment to quality of care and the continuous improvement of skills. In our ICU unit we are not compensated in any direct way for being a CCRN. However, if you are a part of the career ladder program then it will earn you points which in the end leads to promotion and higher salary. Unfortunately all the other hoops one has to jump through are more tedious and time consuming so only very rarely does anyone participate.
The benefits of certification show up on several fronts. First, it's good PR for an ICU to be able to say that all their nurses are CCRNs. People feel better going to "specialist" doctors and that same type of confidence is felt toward "specialist" nurses. Second, it's good for the organization because these nurses have shown their ability to set a professional goal and reach it. Thirdly, it's good for the organization because most certifications require many more CEUs than is required by the Board of Nursing to maintain your license. As a result, the nurses have futher incentive to stay up to date on the changes occuring in their field of expertise. Finally, it's good for the nurses to be able to take pride in the accomplishment as the professionals that we are.
Thanks for asking!
Dec 23, '98
Although I agree with many of the positive reasons for becoming certified, my experience with this credential is more negative. The fact that employers like to use the certification for publicity but they do not assist nurses in obtaining or maintaining the certification demonstrates its limited "real" value. Unlike those in the teaching profession, nurses have to pay for their ceu's and the certification exam, and recieve no renumeration for their efforts.
Likewise, in the academic setting, certification in a specialty is thought of very highly. However, a nurse educator can not obtain and/or maintain the certification if the nurse is not actively engaged in bedside nursing within the specialty area. Therefore, those of us who wish to persue other employment options lose our certification as we move into areas such as nursing education. If this is a truely valuable asset then their should be some reward for achieving it. To settle for less allows us to continue to be exploited as a profession, both by our employers and by those pushing for certification. Neither teachers nor physicians would tolerate this treatment in their professions, why do we?
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