certification in nursing

certification in nursing

one of two processes in which a professional organization formally recognizes the competence of a nurse to practice a subspecialty of nursing. One process, certification for excellence, bases recognition on professional achievement, advanced education, and superior performance. The second process, entry level certification, bases recognition on advanced education in a program approved by the certifying organization. Criteria vary according to the particular requirements of the professional organization but always require current licensure as a registered nurse and usually include an examination and certain educational or practice requirements. Submission and evaluation of documented clinical practice and a statement of a philosophy of practice may also be required by some professional organizations.
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Celebrating certification in nursing and allowing credentials to be proudly displayed on plaques and name badges promotes certification within an organization (Shirley, 2005).
More than 90 percent of participants agreed certification in nursing education "validates specialized knowledge" and "provides personal satisfaction"; the statement "enhances feeling of personal accomplishment" ranked third.
These definitions are all appropriate in understanding the meaning of certification in nursing specialties.
Nurses contemplating taking the ANA/ANCC nursing informatics certification exam should remember that many of their colleagues (who currently hold certification in nursing informatics) struggled with those same feelings of self-doubt and anxiety.
As more hospital organizations aspire to achieve Magnet designation, certification in nursing takes on even greater significance.
The American Nurses Association (1979) has identified that the main objective of certification in nursing is to assure that the public receives quality-nursing care and is safe from incompetent caregivers.
The nurse manager took steps to attain certification in nursing administration while the clinical nurse specialist investigated medical-surgical certification programs.
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