Quote from ChelleChelle
Has anyone out there set up a in-house program to promote specialty certification?
What creative or innovative strategies did you employ in order to create a culture of certification in your facility?
This may sound rather mercenary but I think that offering a certification differential might encourage nurses who may have seen certification as "just another piece of useless paper" to think differently.
Let's face it---it's not an inexpensive venture to obtain and maintain a certification. It's something facilities often desire their nurses to have (looks good for PR and if they're going for Magnet status) but there seems to be very little reward for doing so, IME. Yes, personal satisfaction is one thing but I've seen nurses obtain certification and then let it go because there simply is not a real big incentive to keep paying for something that doesn't seem to mean a heckuva lot.
I've had my CCRN for many years and wouldn't let it go simply because I worked so hard for it. If I was strapped for cash, though, I might have to think twice about laying out the money for the mandatory CEU's and the renewal fees.
:spin: A certification does look good on a resume. :spin: