Continue to be self-actualized?

  1. About 7 years ago,I became certified as a Gerontological nurse.The certification is valid for 5 years. When 5 years are up I then have to re-certify,Ive recertified once. RE-certification requires lots of continuing ed.Continuing ed. is expensive,and time consuming and Im thinking its not worth recertifing.
    What would be the down side of not recertifing?
    I like having a C after my RN [RNC],I guess it fulfills my need for self actualization on Maslovs hierarchy of needs but other than that I see no advantage for being certified.
    Your comments?
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  3. by   Q.
    It's been my opinion that you only reach self-actualization when you die, because it's such a high level of being.

    Until hospitals, administrators and yes fellow nurses value continuing and higher education, I don't see any need to maintain it other than for personal satisfaction, knowledge and skill. Won't your hospital pay for courses? If not, then I'd drop it.
  4. by   globalRN
    Ohbet, I bet you worked hard to earn that C after the RN.
    There are free CEUs online...try
    Having that certification may be a plus if you are looking for other positions; it also shows others you cared enough to get certified in geriatric nursing. So if it is just a matter of cost....ask your employer if they will pay...or try the free online CEUs.
    Certification costs a fair bit but divided over 5 years, it isn't that much more than your RN license.
  5. by   spineCNOR
    ohbet-I understand where you are coming from. The facility where I work does not pay a differential for certification, and in fact when I was hired human resources would not put my certification title (CNOR) on my name tag--told me that they did not recognize certifications! This from the same facility that pays a hefty certification differential for OR techs--go figure! And yes, the main reason I keep my certification up is the self-actualization aspect- in my current workplace I have to find that wherever I can get it, as positive reinforcement is hard to come by.

    But anyway, this is something that you have hard worked for, so why give it up? There are low-cost and no-cost CEU's available, and when you look at the cost over 5 years, it is not so bad (as the above writers pointed out).

    The main thing in favor of keeping your certification-none of us know what the future holds. Someday your certification may come in handy, and open the door to other opportunities. If nothing else, it looks good on a resume, and would help to distinquish you from the rest of the "herd".
  6. by   pattyjo
    I just finished applying for recertification and frankly, the biggest downside for me was filling out all the darned forms! It does give me a measure of satisfaction to have this additional credential. I think it shows a commitment to your specialty and to growing in your practice. My hospital will reimburse some CEUs and also the cost of recert. Additionally, they agreed to include "RN,C" on name badges. I got alot of my CEUs online, many for free, like the medscape site that globalrn mentioned. Plus there is another site which offers courses at reasonable cost. I did an interesting one on malpractice: 30 CEUs for $29.95. ANA's website has CEUs also, occassionally they will offer some without cost.

    I agree with Suzy that it is important that hospitals, administrators and fellow nurses value continuing education, but I also think the place that starts is with each of us as individuals.
  7. by   ohbet
    Where can I get "free" CEUs?