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The dreaded credentialing question

by JimRN JimRN, BSN, RN (New) New Nurse

Specializes in Psychiatry. Has 8 years experience.

OK, so I thought about reapplying for my well expired board certification. Before we dig into it too deep, I changed my mind in favor of getting a master's degree.

At any rate, I'm seeing a lot of very prominent professionals using the credential "PMHRN-BC". Now, before you ask if I'm mistaking it for NP, I looked very closely. I then searched and found a lot of people using this credential, from APNA board members to the president of ANA-Maine and even seen it in published JAPNA papers.

In all of my digging, I have yet to find where ANCC approves it or where any other organization is offering this certification. It was always simply RN-BC.

Mind you, I don't really care what it's called, I'm just a little confused and seeking some insight. Thoughts?

verene, MSN

Specializes in mental health / psychiatic nursing.

While the credential awarded by ANCC is "RN-BC", it would not at all surprise me that some are using PMHRN-BC to help distinguish that their specialty certification is "psychiatric mental health RN" rather than say "cardiac vascular RN" or "pain management RN" which are also ANCC credentials that lead to RN-BC credential status.

DrZaphod, BSN, MSN, DNP, RN, NP

Specializes in Psychiatry. Has 16 years experience.

Some states have special certifications in psych. Cali is one. It requires education beyond regular RN. That might be it, depending on your state.