Certification : I Did it For the Money.

Getting certified in your nursing specialty has many professional and personal advantages such as networking, learning new evidence based information, and learning what procedures or equipment will soon be available. Nurses Career Support Article

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Gastrointestinal Columnist

Brenda F. Johnson, MSN

61 Articles; 324 Posts

Specializes in Gastrointestinal Nursing.
I have thought of this so many times. I guess I keep procrastinating because I am not sure which specialty I want to certify in. I have a strong Cardiovascular background, but of course, tehcnology has changed a lot of what I knew previously. I loved sub-acute nursing and thought I was going to certify in that. I have always wanted to do more with patient education but the certification in that requires that one be working on a degree---I have my Masters and really do not plan to go above this level. I also wanted a certification that will benefit me when I decide to retire. Ambulatory Nursing?? would that make me able to do more consulting work as I work closer to retirement?? I have to admit being a mature nurse is difficult sometimes in the acute environment. Currently I am on a tele floor, so perhaps the Cardiovascular one would still be the most appropriate. Any advice would be welcomed!!!

Yes, you have to work in the area that you certify in, because they require so many hours in the period between certify and recertify. If you look up the guidelines for specific certifications, it will give you details. For Ambulatory Nursing, the test encompasses all of perioperative nursing, including PACU guidelines. Sounds like cardiac would be appropriate for you. Good luck!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

176 Articles; 27,610 Posts

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

I passed an exam for certification yesterday. Now I am a CRRN (certified rehabilitation registered nurse) at a workplace that gives nurses with this particular certification a $1,000 bonus check in addition to a $2,000 annual salary increase.

I did it for the money, marketability and personal validation of my knowledge base in an underrated nursing specialty. My next attempt at certification will be the ONC (orthopedic nurse certification).

Gastrointestinal Columnist

Brenda F. Johnson, MSN

61 Articles; 324 Posts

Specializes in Gastrointestinal Nursing.
I passed an exam for certification yesterday. Now I am a CRRN (certified rehabilitation registered nurse) at a workplace that gives nurses with this particular certification a $1,000 bonus check in addition to a $2,000 annual salary increase.

I did it for the money, marketability and personal validation of my knowledge base in an underrated nursing specialty. My next attempt at certification will be the ONC (orthopedic nurse certification).

Congratulations! Yes, certifications gives us all the things you said. I'm so happy for you that there is a great monetary reward for your hard work. Happy New year!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

176 Articles; 27,610 Posts

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.
Congratulations! Yes, certifications gives us all the things you said. I'm so happy for you that there is a great monetary reward for your hard work. Happy New year!
Thank you! :)

featherzRN, MSN

1,012 Posts

Specializes in Outpatient/Clinic, ClinDoc.

I did my RN-BC in ambulatory care a few weeks back.. Work paid for the test, but I get no extra money/prestige. I just did it for kicks while mulling over potential Masters degrees. :)

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