What is the quickest specialty certification out there?

  1. 0 Hey everyone,

    I see that a lot of the specialty certifications out there require 2 years+ experience or so many hours or whatever. I'm wondering what certification out there is the quickest to get? Anyone know? The quickest I've seen is wound care I think...

    Any insight would be great! Many thanks!
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  3. Visit  jaej5} profile page

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    Joined Feb '12; Posts: 18; Likes: 16.

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  4. Visit  IrishIzRN} profile page
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    How about not worrying about what is the "quickest" but worry about what certification makes sense for you.
    SleeepyRN, umcRN, brillohead, and 23 others like this.
  5. Visit  xoemmylouox} profile page
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    Quote from IrishIzRN
    How about not worrying about what is the "quickest" but worry about what certification makes sense for you.
    Exactly!
    SleeepyRN, richmay, Quit Floating Me, and 1 other like this.
  6. Visit  OCNRN63} profile page
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    ^^^

    I'm probably going to get flamed for saying this, but you should be looking for a certification in a specialty where you have the experience as well as a modicum of interest in the specialty. It makes no sense to get a certification just to have it. This isn't the first time I've seen this question, but it saddens me whenever I see it. Nursing is not a fast-food drive-thru. If you can't be bothered to do the work, then you don't deserve to have the certification.
    SleeepyRN, MoopleRN, BSNbeDONE, and 25 others like this.
  7. Visit  LadyFree28} profile page
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    Quote from OCNRN63
    ^^^

    I'm probably going to get flamed for saying this, but you should be looking for a certification in a specialty where you have the experience as well as a modicum of interest in the specialty. It makes no sense to get a certification just to have it. This isn't the first time I've seen this question, but it saddens me whenever I see it. Nursing is not a fast-food drive-thru. If you can't be bothered to do the work, then you don't deserve to have the certification.
    ^THIS...oh...THIS!!

    What type of NURSE do you want to BE.....meaning, where would you like to find you niche in??? If you have several, research which one entails and then figure out which one interests you, and INVEST your TIME educating yourself about the specialty certificate you want.
  8. Visit  jaej5} profile page
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    Wow some lovely judgmental comment... thanks.

    Actually, I have an immigration issue which requires me to get a specialty as soon as possible... hence the question.

    Sorry for SADDENING so many of you.


    "If you can't be bothered to do the work, then you don't deserve to have the certification." - Totally uncalled for. Putting in the work is not the issue here.
    twigszoo, Nccity2002, FecesOccurs, and 2 others like this.
  9. Visit  jaej5} profile page
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    I don't have TIME to invest... that is why I am asking the question - I wish I did, but I'm not that lucky.
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  10. Visit  IrishIzRN} profile page
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    Quote from jaej5
    I don't have TIME to invest... that is why I am asking the question - I wish I did, but I'm not that lucky.

    Most, if not all, are going to require time in hours or years in a field/specialty.

    Sorry but immigration reasons aren't good reasons for getting a certification...just to get it.

    At the end of the day expect any certification to require years in a field or something like 2000 or more hours worked.

    Judgment is because your reasons are not in the best interest of nursing...and we care more about the integrity of nursing than I guess you expected.
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  11. Visit  jaej5} profile page
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    Immigration is a perfectly good reason to get a certification. I want to stay with my family, and if that is the only way the government is going to let me do it, then so be it.

    I am dedicated to nursing. I am professional, and I am passionate about nursing. I believe that any certification I decide to take I will accomplish. As long as I can be hands on with my patients, I am following my calling to nursing.

    That shows my integrity to nursing. Your judgment therefore is irrelevant in answering my question.
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  12. Visit  IrishIzRN} profile page
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    Quote from jaej5
    Immigration is a perfectly good reason to get a certification. I want to stay with my family, and if that is the only way the government is going to let me do it, then so be it.

    I am dedicated to nursing. I am professional, and I am passionate about nursing. I believe that any certification I decide to take I will accomplish. As long as I can be hands on with my patients, I am following my calling to nursing.

    That shows my integrity to nursing. Your judgment therefore is irrelevant in answering my question.


    Well expect to spend 2000+ hours or 2 years in a speciality before being able to get a certification.

    I'd love to know what this really has to do with immigration. Are you an RN? Do you have a license in the US? Speciality certifications are not mandatory.
    MBARNBSN and SoldierNurse22 like this.
  13. Visit  elkpark} profile page
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    Quote from IrishIzRN
    I'd love to know what this really has to do with immigration. Are you an RN? Do you have a license in the US? Speciality certifications are not mandatory.
    I know that there has been a lot of discussion here in the past about whether a specialty certification qualifies one for an H1B visa (that an RN would not otherwise qualify for) ...
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    Quote from elkpark

    I know that there has been a lot of discussion here in the past about whether a specialty certification qualifies one for an H1B visa (that an RN would not otherwise qualify for) ...


    Quite honestly after reading about H1B...having a "speciality certification" shouldn't have anything to do with it. A "speciality certification" does not equal "specialty occupation". I would hope it doesn't have anything to do with it. Still an RN and we have plenty here that we don't need to makes rules to keep more...
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  15. Visit  calivianya} profile page
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    To sit for the CBIS exam all you need is 500 hours of working with brain injury patients, which is a lot fewer hours than some other certifications. I was going to sit for it as a CNA (it's multidisciplinary and doesn't just apply to RNs) but my employer stopped paying for the exam. It's like $350 and I couldn't afford it at the time. Not getting it before I left inpatient rehab when I was eligible to sit for it is one of the few things I regret about leaving that job.

    I'd love to be certified in a lot of areas. I don't think that it does the profession a disservice. I personally really enjoy learning new things and having proof that I learned them, which is essentially what a certification is. Only learning about things you specialize in doesn't make your knowledge base very broad, IMO. If you want to just learn about one particular thing that's awesome, but I resent the people here who are saying there's no point in getting a certification just to get it. The pursuit of knowledge and validation is enough of a reason for me.

    I get that's not the reason OP's wanting more certifications, but it will be my reason.


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