My boss really wants me to get my OCN. Several nurses at my place have it and I know that knowledge is always valuable. However, the more I think about the OCN, the more of a scam. I mean I paid over $100.00 to be a member of ONS and then another $20.00 or so to be a member of my local chapter. My local chapter is valuable-I enjoy the meetings and networking, but the national membership doesn't do much for me.
So if I take the test, I have to pay like $200.00 (which you pay to ONS). I'd also have to pay for a review course, books, etc (probably from ONS). Then once I pass, I have to get 2x more CEUs than my state requires for my license. (And guess who provides these to me at cost - ONS!!!) Now my employer does reimburse some for the test, but not for CEUs etc. And I will not get a pay increase.
I realize that there may be some jobs down the road for future jobs it might be beneficial, but it does seem sort of like a big scam for ONS to make money. Not to mention, my employer likes to brag on how many "certified" nurses it has for Magnet. It seems to benefit a lot of others more than it would benefit me.