Nursing Specialty Certification Improves Patient Care and Increases Nurse Recruitment and Retention

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The personal and professional value of nursing specialty certification is underestimated. Nurses and patients alike report better nursing care delivered by nurses who have specialty certification. Patient care would improve with a greater number of certified nurses; and the goal of Ed4Nurses, Inc. is to help 100,000 nurses achieve certification by the year 2010.

Sixty-two-year-old Ann writes Ed4Nurses, Inc. to say that she is pursuing certification for the purpose of being able to inspire her younger co-workers, so that hopefully they will do the same. Twenty-three-year-old Catherine says that she is pursuing certification because she wants to learn more about her patients and become a better nurse.

Nurses who pursing specialty certification gain a lot of benefits from it, including improved patient care, more confidence, better collaborative relationships, fewer errors and adverse effects in their patients.

Angeline has been a nurse for 30 years, and she is just now going to take the CCRN test. When asked why, she is planning to take the CCRN test; after all she must be close to retirement, she said that for a long time she had worked in other areas of the hospital and just moved back to critical care in the past three years. Last year, she got an excellence in nursing award from her hospital. So, she felt an obligation to give back to the hospital after receiving this award, and she is now taking the CCRN test so she can continue her pursuit of excellence and be a good role model to the younger nurses.

Regardless of the reason why nurses want to become certified, there are some obstacles that may have to be overcome in order to achieve certification. Many nurses are intimidated by taking a test after being out of school for a long period of time. Other nurses feel like they do not know enough of the content – they have been working in a specialty unit and do not feel like their knowledge base is broad enough to be able to take a certification exam, and then still other nurses feel that if they became certified, there would be little personal or professional benefits.

Nurses who become certified report:

-fewer adverse effects and errors,

-more confidence,

-better collaborative relationships,

-better patient satisfaction ratings, and

-a greater sense of professionalism

It is the goal of Ed4Nurses, Inc. to get 100,000 nurses certified in their specialty by the year 2010. Currently there are only about 350,000 certified nurses, or about 15% of the nursing workforce. Ed4Nurses, Inc. feels strongly that certified nurses provide better care, are more knowledgeable, and will remain in the nursing workforce for a longer period of time then nurses without certification – an essential component to decreasing the nursing shortage!

To find out more about the 100k-Certified-Nurses campaign, visit or contact David W. Woodruff, MSN, RN, CNS at (330) 467-2629.


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