Professional credentials: What do they mean and the right way to write them

Professional credentials: What do they mean and the right way to write them

 

Professional credentials, especially in healthcare, is a way to display academic degrees and certifications attained. To ensure your credentials are displayed accurately, here is the preferred order for listing credentials:

Highest degree earned: The highest non-nursing degrees are listed first. When listing your highest nursing degree earned, there is no need to list preceding degrees, unless it is in another profession. 
Licensure
– State designations or requirements
– National certifications
– Awards and honors
– Other recognitions

For example, Jane Smith is a Board Certified Registered Nurse and has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Nursing, it should be written: Jane Smith, MSN, RN-BC.

However, if Jane Smith is a Board Certified Registered Nurse and has a Bachelor’s in Nursing and a Master’s in Business Administration it should be written: Jane Smith, MBA, BSN, RN-BC.

 

Click here to read the American Nurses Credentialing Center recommendations to avoid unnecessary use of credentials.

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