I am debating whether to pursue certification either in med/surg or cardiac/vascular.
I have the two year requirement for med/surg but not tele yet. Also do you have to be sheath trained? My state doesn't require CEUs for licensure so I will have to get 30 CEUs to be eligible for the certification exam which I could do easily enough.
I'm just wondering, which one do you think is better? I see myself as a tele/stepdown nurse as opposed to a med/surg nurse although I do a lot of med/surg on my floor. We tele nurses are fairly familiar with med/surg as we often work on tele/med/surg units.
I would be eligible for the med/surg exam a lot sooner than the tele exam but I'm wondering if that would be strange...for me to be a tele nurse yet be certified in med/surg.
Also, is there any point in becoming certified in med/surg now and then later in tele? The hospital wouldn't pay a differential for the second certificatin I imagine.
You're qualified to take the exam for PCCN(IF you have this much hours in telemetry)... Check www.aacn.org
for more info. It's the CCRN counterpart for Stepdown/Tele/Progressive RN's. Requires 1750 hours bedside care in the above mentioned areas, with 875 from the previous year.
Here's your blueprint: http://www.aacn.org/certcorp/certcor...2?OpenDocument
Last edit by hrtprncss on Jan 20, '06