Dear Nurse Beth,
I earned my BSN in 1980 and worked in a variety of settings over the years, mostly critical care. I've worked in the ER FOR THE LAST 10 years. I have tried testing for various certifications before, but have not ever tested well because of anxiety. I'm planning to retire at age 62, about three years from now. Would it be worthwhile to test for my CEN?
Dear Retiring in 3 yrs,
I guess the question is, is this on your bucket list to overcome your test anxiety and earn your certification? If so, it'd be a good idea to do it.
As far as measurable benefits, it's probably pennies a month, and while pennies add up, there is the cost of testing.It does establish you as an expert, but so does your work history.
I would think about what it means to you to earn your certification and then decide. It seems important to you, because you wrote in about it. It would be a wonderful accomplishment for you to succeed at this.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!