Med-Surg Certification

  1. My hospital is pushing for everybody on my med-surg unit to become "certified" med-surg nurses. We have to pay $385 dollars upfront to take the exam and then our hospital reinburses us. Apparently, this "certification" lasts 5 years and then you have to take it again. I find it "funny" that our state doesn't require any "over and above" ceu's for this "cert". I recently read in another forum that this was only a money making deal for hospitals . Apparently, hospitals get a kickback for those that take the exam (regardless, if they pass or not). Anyone have any thoughts on this subject?:uhoh21:
    Last edit by ColtsRN85 on Dec 19, '07
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  3. by   Tweety
    It's not true that hospitals get a kickback.

    I'm Med Surg Certified through the ACCN and you only take the exam once, renew every five years with a certain number of med-surg CEUs. I'm not sure how much it costs to renew, but you don't have to take the test over again. I'm sorry I can't remember the exact number of CEUs because I went back for my BSN I'm more than covered and haven't looked.

    Once I let it lapse because I moved twice and never got a renewal notice and forgot. I had to take the exam over again.

    The hospitals might be pushing it because it does make them look good to certification agencies to have certified nurses caring for their patients.
  4. by   ColtsRN85
    has anyone heard about the msn cert?
  5. by   st4wb3rr33sh0rtc4k3
    Hmmm... I saw this on a web-site that hires nurses. Very interesting. I think it is a great way for CEU's and any updates that you need to know about.