“Why become certified in your specialty?” AAMC nurses share.

“Why become certified in your specialty?” AAMC nurses share.

Are you passionate about nursing?

Becoming certified in your specialty is an excellent way to feed that passion. The journey to certification enhances ones professional development and provides an opportunity for professional growth. Nurses who certify in their specialty obtain objective validation of their expertise.

Did you know that more than a quarter of a million nurses have been certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) since 1990? And more than more than 80,000 advance practice nurses are currently certified by ANCC!

About 250 AAMC nurses are currently certified, with many more in the preparation stages. And why? Let’s ask them…

“I became a certified nurse to prove to myself that I had a knowledge base set at a national standard.  While I was studying for the exam, the reading I did filled in my knowledge gaps and also gave me great explanations for things I have been seeing in practice. Preparing was an experience in lifelong learning.”  -Joyce Becker, MS, RN-BC, CNOR

“I became certified so I would be recognized as an expert in my field…and an RN III in the Clinical Ladder.”  -Elise Morris, BSN, RN, CMSRN

“Certification means taking that extra step to go above and beyond to ensure quality and safe patient care. It is honor and privilege to know that you are doing everything you can to deliver the best nursing care for yourself, your organization, your patients, and the profession of nursing! It’s also a great way to keep up with the latest and the greatest seminars, conferences, research, and evidence-based practice!”  -Carrie Jackson, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM

To explore becoming certified, visit ANCC or go directly to your professional organizations web page. You can also check out the Professional Organizations page on our Nursing Web site.  Contact sfox@aahs.org for more information.

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  1. Posted by Patty Schiro, at Reply

    I recently became CNOR certified after 23 years of operating room nursing. During the process of preparing, I kept saying to myself “what took me so long”? It felt good to have confirmation of my exisiting knowledge base, and like Joyce, to have some missing pieces filled in. Certification does have great value.

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