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Worth it to add the extra letters after my name?

Specializes in NICU, CCU.

I know NICU experience isn't looked super favorably on, which is why I now work in an adult ICU. Im planning on getting my CCRN as soon as I am eligible. Is it worth it to also get my CCRN-NIC? My only hesitation is the hours requirement to keep it up to date. Im able to pick up shifts in the NICU still, but from a learning perspective its probably better to pick up shifts in the CCU when I have the option. What do you think? 

brookalyn, BSN, RN

Specializes in MICU/SICU.

Are you trying to go back to school? If I were you, I would focus on the CCRN and then "add-ons" such as the CMC or CSC (if you do open hearts). You can also get your TCRN if you work with trauma ICU patients. If you are wanting to go to CRNA school, there are a lot of other things you could focus on instead (shadow, volunteering, grad classes, other certs, etc) of the CCRN-NIC since you no longer work there FT. 

North worth getting CCRN-NIC. I have both CCRN Adult and NIC. Many students let their CCRN expire once in the program as it is no longer needed, just a requirement to get in. Some schools do ask to see your score and like to see an 80 at minimum so be aware of that. Don’t just take it to pass, put the effort in. I honestly think well rounded experience is more beneficial when applying to the program than the amount of random certs you have. Certs are impressive, but showing what you can do makes you an even more competitive candidate. Make sure your ICU experience is strong. Many programs value PICU experience but do not accept NICU experience, although it helps build your profile as an adaptable provider. I had many certs when I applied. What really matters is your CCRN, overall experience, GPA, essay and most importantly, what will get you in is personality and a strong interview. Good luck

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