I ask if you need a certification based on the fact that my mom is an associate's degree RN working at an orthopaedic center. When I told her the other day that I had decided that I'd like to eventually specialize in orthopaedics she told me that a certification really doesn't help land you a job or get you higher pay. She has never been asked by her job to go back to school or to get a certification.
So I guess the gist of what I'm asking is do you really need to go and get a certification to "specialize" as an orthopaedic RN? Or can you just go and work in an orthopaedic setting and call yourself the same thing? Does a certification tend to help at all in the hiring process?