How does your unit incentivize obtaining your NICU certification (RNC-NIC)? - page 2

Hi all! I am curious how different units incentivize their nurses to obtain a certification in their specialty. Posting in NICU because that is my own specialty, but really curious to hear from all... Read More

  1. by   BeccaznRN
    I'm unsure if they pay for the initial cert since I already had the RNC when I was hired to my current unit, but I get an extra $1.35 per hour for having it.
  2. by   BNE103
    Our health system reimburses for the exam fee once you pass, sponsors nurses to attend a review course, and there's an annual celebration dinner for all certified nurses. On our unit, our manager offers a one-month "no float pass" for all RNs newly certified and who renew their certifications - you pick a month where you are not allowed to be floated to work on another unit.
  3. by   jdubs99
    Thank you all for the responses so far.

    My follow-up question is, aside from what your unit may offer you, what made/makes you want to get your certification? I got mine after 3 years of NICU nursing because that was my goal when I became a new grad; I wanted to prove to myself that I was competent in my discipline and I wanted to commit to the specialty. What about you?
  4. by   TiffyRN
    Quote from jdubs99
    Thank you all for the responses so far.

    My follow-up question is, aside from what your unit may offer you, what made/makes you want to get your certification? I got mine after 3 years of NICU nursing because that was my goal when I became a new grad; I wanted to prove to myself that I was competent in my discipline and I wanted to commit to the specialty. What about you?
    I was getting my BSN and my college at the time (Excelsior) and I needed at least 3 credits of an elective. One of the options was to get my professional certification. Considering that regular courses cost $300+ per credit hour (so $900 to take a 3 credit course), paying only $300 all total was a bargain and I came away with my certification.
  5. by   allstressedout1
    They don't. We pay for the continuing education. We pay for the maintenance, we do it on our time. We used to get critical care pay, later a yearly bonus instead, then nothing. We are advised to let patients know how much experience we have and if we are certified.

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