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.
– 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.