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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164177
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Empowering Excellence: Strategies to Support Nursing Specialty Certification
Author(s):
Craven, Heather
Author Details:
Heather Craven, MS, RN, CMSRN, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, Virginia, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org
Abstract:
Purpose: To increase the number of staff who hold nursing specialty certification, thereby creating an environment of nursing excellence for patients and staff at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS). Significance: Certification is an objective, measurable way to ensure that a professional nurse has the knowledge to practice competently within his or her specialty. Given the complexity of health care and the increasing specialization of nursing practice, certification assures the public of expert knowledge and clinical judgment and increases patient confidence. Employers gain a skilled work force dedicated to career development and patient care, leading to greater job satisfaction and retention. Background/Design: VCUHS values nurses pursuing professional certification as a demonstration of specialized knowledge and expert clinical judgment. To support the VCUHS nursing strategic plan, a nursing certification task force developed strategies to promote nursing certification, including the removal of potential barriers that may hinder nurses from seeking certification. Methods: A group of Advanced Practice nurses met to develop strategies to change the organizational culture so that it supported staff nurse specialty certification. Strategies were also developed and implemented at the department and unit level and outcome data collected to document the impact of the change. Findings: At the unit level, in January 2005 none of the staff on an acute care unit were certified. By January 2006 67% of eligible RN staff had taken the certification exam and 53% had earned the CMSRN designation. RN turnover rate decreased from 21% to 8% and the RN vacancy rate decreased from 8% to -6% in the same time frame. The unit was recognized by Professional Research Consultants, Inc. as having attained one of the highest patient satisfaction scores in the nation. At the organizational level, having certified nurses assisted in attaining the designation as an excellent organization for nursing practice by ANCC Magnet Recognition Program in February of 2006. In addition, nurses who attained certification reported the experience as providing for valuable personal growth and increased feeling of satisfaction as a professional nurse. Conclusions: Organization, department and unit-based initiatives to support staff certification had a positive impact on staff and patient outcomes. Implications for Practice: Advance Practice Nurses working at all levels of an institution can change organizational culture to support nursing specialty certification. As a result, barriers to certification can be overcome and staff and patient outcomes improved.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
CNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Quality
Conference Host:
NACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
Conference Location:
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Description:
Conference theme: CNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Quality, held February 28-March 1 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEmpowering Excellence: Strategies to Support Nursing Specialty Certificationen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCraven, Heatheren_US
dc.author.detailsHeather Craven, MS, RN, CMSRN, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, Virginia, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.orgen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164177-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: To increase the number of staff who hold nursing specialty certification, thereby creating an environment of nursing excellence for patients and staff at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCUHS). Significance: Certification is an objective, measurable way to ensure that a professional nurse has the knowledge to practice competently within his or her specialty. Given the complexity of health care and the increasing specialization of nursing practice, certification assures the public of expert knowledge and clinical judgment and increases patient confidence. Employers gain a skilled work force dedicated to career development and patient care, leading to greater job satisfaction and retention. Background/Design: VCUHS values nurses pursuing professional certification as a demonstration of specialized knowledge and expert clinical judgment. To support the VCUHS nursing strategic plan, a nursing certification task force developed strategies to promote nursing certification, including the removal of potential barriers that may hinder nurses from seeking certification. Methods: A group of Advanced Practice nurses met to develop strategies to change the organizational culture so that it supported staff nurse specialty certification. Strategies were also developed and implemented at the department and unit level and outcome data collected to document the impact of the change. Findings: At the unit level, in January 2005 none of the staff on an acute care unit were certified. By January 2006 67% of eligible RN staff had taken the certification exam and 53% had earned the CMSRN designation. RN turnover rate decreased from 21% to 8% and the RN vacancy rate decreased from 8% to -6% in the same time frame. The unit was recognized by Professional Research Consultants, Inc. as having attained one of the highest patient satisfaction scores in the nation. At the organizational level, having certified nurses assisted in attaining the designation as an excellent organization for nursing practice by ANCC Magnet Recognition Program in February of 2006. In addition, nurses who attained certification reported the experience as providing for valuable personal growth and increased feeling of satisfaction as a professional nurse. Conclusions: Organization, department and unit-based initiatives to support staff certification had a positive impact on staff and patient outcomes. Implications for Practice: Advance Practice Nurses working at all levels of an institution can change organizational culture to support nursing specialty certification. As a result, barriers to certification can be overcome and staff and patient outcomes improved.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:43:28Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:43:28Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.nameCNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Qualityen_US
dc.conference.hostNACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialistsen_US
dc.conference.locationPhoenix, Arizona, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: CNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Quality, held February 28-March 1 in Phoenix, Arizona, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.en_US
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