Certification is a reflection of your knowledge, competence, and clinical judgment in your practice area.
Certification examinations are updated periodically to reflect current, evidence-based practice, and tests are evaluated to be psychometrically sound. When you pass the exam, or provide evidence that you are qualified to recertify, you are demonstrating that you are knowledgeable in your practice area and have demonstrated application of your knowledge in practice.
Certification increases your confidence.
Data from nurses around the country has shown that nurses who are certified perceive a higher level of confidence in their own knowledge and skills as well as their ability to mentor others.
Certification is a statement of your commitment to quality in your practice.
Being proactive in seeking this status is evidence that you value your work and are committed to being the best you can be.
Certification inspires confidence among your patients and your colleagues.
Many times, patients will ask nurses about the additional credentials on their name badges. When they become aware of the importance and value of certification, they often request to be cared for by nurses who have that certification. Colleagues often seek out certified nurses, because they trust that person’s knowledge and skills.
Certification opens the door for promotions and new opportunities in nursing.
Organizations often look for certified nurses to serve in leadership roles – from the bedside to the boardroom. In some cases, nurses who are certified have higher pay scales than those who do not hold certification.
Certification improves patient outcomes in many situations.
Numerous research studies in the past 5 years have shown a link between the number of certified nurses in a particular practice area and better outcomes for patients in those areas. For this reason, many employers are now encouraging and supporting nurses in achieving and maintaining certification.
“The ANCC Certification Program enables nurses to demonstrate their specialty expertise and validate their knowledge to employers and patients. Through targeted exams that incorporate the latest clinical practices, ANCC certification empowers nurses with pride and professional satisfaction” (https://www.nursingworld.org/certification/)