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Licensure/Certification Abbreviation help!


Specializes in Critical Care, MICU/SICU/CCU/PACU. Has 2 years experience.

I was wondering how I am supposed to write out my few, but important, abbreviations after my name? I started out obtaining my BSBA, then became an RN with an ADN (soon to be BSN).

How am I supposed to specify these things? I am planning to get my CCRN in a few months, so I believe from here on out they just go in order of time obtained, right?

Thanks for any help!

Edited by Swanks916

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

This may help you: http://www.nursecredentialing.org/DisplayCredentials-Brochure.pdf

I've been taught most permanent to least permanent, and only the essentials. So, I wouldn't list both my BSN and my MSN, just the MSN. This would be first because it's pretty darn hard to get your degree voided. Next licensure, because it's possible to lose, but more permanent than certifications. Then certifications (again, just those that are essential- I have no need to list CPR/ACLS even though I have them)- easiest to lose since all you have to do is not recertify, and it's almost always optional rather than required for a job.

PsychNurseWannaBe, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Nursing Management, WCC. Has 13 years experience.

The way mentioned above is the way I was taught. I don't really add my stuff on except for the RN. As a certified wound care nurse, I could append that, or my education, but really I am in a hurry. Don't have time for that. LOL. Really only my resume or job application has my full stuff on it.


Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology. Has 2 years experience.

Degree, licensure, certs. So something like MSN, RN, CCRN.


Specializes in Critical Care, MICU/SICU/CCU/PACU. Has 2 years experience.

Ok thanks guys!

Boog'sCRRN246, RN

Specializes in Utilization Management. Has 10 years experience.


classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

I believe RoseQueen hit the spot! My certifying association gave recommendations on how the initials should appear (ANA)