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Choosing Certification 2014

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Choosing Certification
Advancing Your Professional
Nursing Practice

What is Certification?
• Method of validating RN competence to
assess and meet the needs of patients in
ways that ensure optimal outcomes

• Successful outcome of an exam

• ANCC-American Nurses Credentialing

What Certifications Are Available?
• Ambulatory Care
• Cardiac Vascular
• Gerontology
• Informatics
• Medical-Surgical
• Nursing Case Management
• Pain Management
• Pediatric
• Psychiatric and Mental Health
• Others for Advanced Practice Nurses

Pediatric Certification
• See Journey to Pediatric Certification

• Peds certification by Pediatric Nursing
Certification Board

• www.pncb.org

Why Certify?
• Professional advancement by meeting high
• Assure the public and employers of advanced
knowledge, skills and performance
• RN certification has been linked with better
patient outcomes
• 90% of managers prefer to hire certified nurses
• Certified RNs earn average of $9000/year than
non-certified RNs
Source: Blair, M., Hill, K., Walters, B. J., Senn, L. Brockopp, D.A. (2011) Caring for nurses: hospital-based study groups for certification, Journal for Nurses in
Staff Development, 27(4), 165-169.

Who is Eligible?
• All requirements must be completed
prior to application for the examination.

• Hold a current, active RN license

• Have practiced the equivalent of two
years full time as a registered nurse

Who is Eligible?
• Have a minimum of 2,000 hours of
clinical practice in ambulatory care
and/or telehealth nursing within the last
three years

• Have completed 30 hours of continuing
education in ambulatory care and/or
telehealth nursing within the last three

Path to Certification
• Read Handbook at

• Send application

• Receive Eligibility Letter

• Schedule and take exam within 90 days (date
indicated in letter)

Plan to certify
• Study plan-start 6 mos before exam

• ANCC and AAACN have many resources
that can be purchased

• If there is interest, NES can help with
study plan

UW Eligibility Criteria
• See Policy 3.18 Clinical Certification Policy
for Nursing. There is a reimbursement. See
Success Pays program on Uconnect or
Ambulatory Clinics Education Workspace.

• Must be at least 0.5 FTE

• Must be employed for at least 1 year

• Must be in good standing

UW Criteria- cont.
• Certification must be directly related to
your position

• Certification from an appropriate, national
nursing organization

• Must pass the test

Certification Exam
• Computer-based exam

• ID and fingerprint scan

• No penalty for guessing

• 3.5 hours to complete

• On-site test results

What Does It Cost?

• For ANA members its $270 for initial
certification exam (paid by UW); for non-
members its $395.
• For AAACN members its $340
• Join ANA thru WNA at
• Study materials (optional)
• Cost of CEUs to maintain certification
• Renewal fee every 5 years

Benefits of Certification
• Professional growth

• Use of RN-BC credential

• Yearly bonus of $300 from UW

• Cost of certification and renewal paid by
UW at the WNA member rate

• Valuable for resume

• http://www.nursecredentialing.org/

• http://www.aaacn.org

• http://www.wisconsinnurses.org/

• http://www.nursingworld.org/