What certifications do you have? - page 4

Hey All- I was wondering what are some of the certifications you all hold as established nurses? Please if you put an acronym can you expand on it and tell me which area you work in? Thanks so... Read More

  1. by   kh321
    ACLS and APLS (advanced pediatric life support)
  2. by   Nick7225
    CPN (pediatric nurse)Going to take my Gastroenterology Certification in May....very nervous
  3. by   cjcsoon2bnp
    I work in Pediatric Inpatient Psych. and Adult Med/Surg. Currently I have BLS and ACLS and I plan to do PALS in the spring.

  4. by   emtb2rn
    Going to have to disagree with bvfd on getting acls/pals while a student. Firstly, you are not going to use anything you learn in those classes until you're working as an RN. Secondly, the foundation and most critical aspect of advanced life support is solid basic life support. And that is covered in your BLS course.

    If you need those certs once you get hired, the hospital will pay for them. Don't waste your money.

    BLS instructor
    I also have a number of National Ski Patrol certifications but they're not germane to this conversation.
  5. by   confusedstudent_88
    Quote from KelRN215
    No, NURSING certifications require one to be a nurse working in that specialty area for a period of (usually) 18-24 months. You cannot take nursing certifications as a student because they are certifications for nurses. You CAN take BLS (obviously, probably required for your program) and I'm not sure about ACLS and PALS... those are not nursing specific certifications but I've never heard of students being allowed to take those tests. My only certifications are PEARS (Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization) and BLS. I could take the CPN or the CPON exams but don't really see the point.
    Thank you for clearing that up for me.
  6. by   SummitRN
  7. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from KelRN215
    I'm not sure about ACLS and PALS... those are not nursing specific certifications but I've never heard of students being allowed to take those tests. .
    ACLS and PALS are open to anyone: you need not even be in a field remotely related to healthcare to enroll.

    Though why you'd want to take ACLS/PALS if you're not in healthcare, I have no idea, nor would it be the easiest thing for you to do...but you could if you wanted to.
  8. by   nrsang97
    I also have my CPI (crisis prevention intervention), and my NIHSS (NIH stroke scale) cert as well.
    Last edit by nrsang97 on Dec 20, '12 : Reason: added
  9. by   Anna Flaxis
    I have BLS, ACLS, PALS, TNCC, and CEN.
  10. by   nurseprnRN
    MN (master's in nursing)(I know them's fighting words but it was a real brick-and-mortar school after a real college bachelor's in nursing, with a real research thesis requirement)
    RN-BC (ANCC certification in case management)
    CRRN (rehab nursing)
    CCM (case management)
    CNLCP (nurse life care planning)
    LNCP-C (lifetime nurse care planning)
    LNCC (legal nurse consulting)

    Long years ago I was certified in critical care (CCRN) and Nursing ed/staff development (RN,C), and had all the ACLS/ Instructor trainer stuff, but that all went by in the years after I left ICU. Totally agree that you should wait on the ACLS to have your employer pay for it. Besides, you can't do any of that exciting TV ER-type stuff until you are an RN anyway, and you won't retain any of it if you aren't in a position to see it in action. Students taking ACLS is silly.

    Bear in mind that nursing certifications (not "certificates-- that's another animal entirely, and it's just a piece of paper that says you attended a course or class) are to say that the nurse has achieved expertise in a specialty. As such it's not something you can obtain as a student or in your first year or two of practice. Certifications can be-- and are-- issued by lots of organizations, but nursing certifications should be approved by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (or have their certification pending approval) to demonstrate that their certification boards have demonstrated a valid specialty with a distinct body of knowledge, a statistically valid and psychometrically sound examination pool, and a few other things. Check before you write the check for the course and exam.

    Suggest you and anyone else who wants to know more about nursing certifications, certificates, and such check the ANCC and the ABNS websites. Heck you can even google "nursing certifications" or search Wikipedia for it and get a ton of information-- Wikipedia has a list of around 60 nursing certifications with links for many of them. Most nursing certifications require at least several years in active practice in the specialty and a comprehensive examination, and great hunks of continuing education in the field to renew the certification every 2-5 years. And none of this is free
  11. by   AngelfireRN
    I am a CRNP-BC with both ACNP and FNP degrees. Certified by the ANCC. That's Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care NP, and Family NP.
  12. by   BostonTerrierLoverRN
    I'm thinking about introducing a 24 hour Marriage certificate. That would take care of a lot of problems!

    CRNP-NP(FNP)/MPH, and still practice as a CEN, ACLS, PALS, TNCC, and I am a D.Miss (Doctor of Missionology)- a non-nursing theology degree from a Seminary in Clinic Planting, general healthcare, health educating, and Tropical Diseases.

    I have been accepted to 1 Osteopathic Program(DO)William Carey, and 2 Allopathic Schools(MD) LSU and ETSU. I am sooooo torn though, and deciding daily both ways, applied for student loans, fingers crossed. I can only practice as an FNP abroad through the UN, and after my divorce I really want to take this leap of faith, but terrified

    I know that's a mix of Certificates and Degrees, but that's the bulk,... I lost my Marriage Certificate

    I am proud of everyone's accomplished titles, Kudos!!!!
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Dec 20, '12