What is nursing certification?
Certification has been described in the literature as a process by which a non-governmental agency validates an individual nurse's qualifications based on predetermined standards in a defined function or clinical area of nursing. While requirements can vary among specialty certifications, all include a practice component, an identified body of required knowledge and a testing component. Certification is meant to distinguish excellence in nursing care beyond the scope of professional licensure, which is a minimum standard needed to legally practice.
What are the benefits of certification?
Multiple studies have linked certification with nurses' perceptions of personal growth, increased confidence and competence, enhanced knowledge, and self-esteem.
How do I request reimbursement for my certification?
This form needs to be filled out by you and your manager/director prior to taking the exam.
How does the yearly certification bonus work?
Annually on July 1, a list is generated of all employees with an approved, position related certification and this list is submitted to payroll to provide a $300 annual bonus to these employees. The bonus is generally paid at the end of July/beginning of August of each year.
How many certifications can I receive reimbursement for?
UW Health will reimburse and provide a yearly bonus for one certification.
Can I receive reimbursement for the cost of renewing my certification?
Yes, employees are eligible for reimbursement at the professional organization's "member" rate.
Do I get more than one bonus if I have more than one certification.
No, only one bonus will be paid
Are Nursing Assistants and Medical Assistants eligible?
Medical Assistants are no longer eligible for the bonus. As of July 2016 Medical Assistant job descriptions were updated to make the certification a mandatory part of being hired/employed as an MA. Due to this, they are no longer eligible for the certification bonus. The Nursing Assistant title is eligible as it was previously represented by WSEU. The only way a NA would not be eligible is if they do not pass all of the regular eligibility standards as described below.
Am I able to be paid for time spent studying for and taking the exam?
No, the actual exam and studying are all done on unpaid time. Please note that if you are employed by the school of medicine that this regulation may be different.
Where do I turn my paperwork into?
Nursing Administration, Kaitlynn Harkonen (email@example.com), Mail Code 7685
Who is eligible to receive certification reimbursement?
All of the following requirements must be met to be eligible for reimbursement:
- Must be employed at UW Health (legacy HC and legacy MF, cumulatively) for greater than one year
- Must be in “good standing” (see Policy 9.37)
- Hold a position of 0.5 FTE or greater
- NOT currently be receiving reimbursement/maintenance support for another certification
- Must be pursuing a certification relevant to current position
- Must be pursuing a certification that meets Magnet Certification Criteria
Who is eligible to receive the annual bonus?
In additional to all the requirements above being met, employees must also have a copy of their wallet card or wall certification on file with Kaitlynn Harkonen in Nursing Administration.
What certification programs are currently offered?
Certification programs that UW Health participates in at this time include American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) Success Pays, Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) Take 2, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) No Pass, No Pay, and Orthopaedic Nursing Certification Board (ONCB) Free Take.
If I have participated in a certification program mentioned above, am I eligible to apply for certification reimbursement?
If your certification has expired, you are eligible to apply for reimbursement for renewal of that certification. You are NOT eligible to apply for reimbursement to obtain an additional certification. If you have more than one certification on file, you will only be reimbursed for one certification.
What do I have to turn in after I pass the initial exam?
Upon passing the exam, you will need to submit a copy of your receipt and wallet card or wall certificate to Nursing Administration (Kaitlynn Harkonen).
I will not receive my wallet card or wall certification for at least 6 weeks. What should I do in the meantime?
Most testing centers give a notarized copy of the exam results indicating that the employee has passed. This can be submitted along with the receipt until the wallet card or wall certification comes. This ensures that the employee is reimbursed in a timely manner.
How long will it take to receive reimbursement for my exam?
Reimbursement arrives approximately 4-6 weeks after all paperwork is submitted. Failure to submit one or more supporting documents may results in a delay in reimbursement.
What happens if I never turn in my wallet card or wall certification?
You will not be eligible for the bonus until your certification copy is turned in and on file with Nursing Administration.
I am currently certified as a pediatric nurse, and have relocated to adult general medicine. Can I get reimbursed for another certification for adults?
You may only receive reimbursement for an adult certification in this scenario if you acquired your pediatric certification prior to coming to UW. You may also be eligible for reimbursement if you did not apply for reimbursement or participate in a certification program for your initial (in this case, pediatric) certification.
The certification I am interested in is a requirement for my position. Will I get reimbursed?
3.18 Clinical Certification Policy for Nursing
Video for Nursing Certification at UWHC