The Impact of Promoting Professional Nursing Certification in a Pediatric Hospital

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308336
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Impact of Promoting Professional Nursing Certification in a Pediatric Hospital
Author(s):
Lukanski, Amy C
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
N/A
Author Details:
Amy C Lukanski, MSN, RN, CPN, amy.lukanski@chp.edu
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013, Saturday, November 16, 2013

Professional nursing certification programs have shown a value and benefit to nurses and healthcare organizations (Niebuhr & Biel, 2007).  Our organization recognized the importance of nursing certification not only to the nurse, but also to patients and families.  Efforts to encourage and promote pediatric specialty certifications began in 2006 through the nursing education department with the development of a certification review course.  As we embarked on our Magnet™ journey in 2010, there was a new found enthusiasm for professional development.  The promotion and support of professional development and certification became part of the organization’s culture, a collaborative effort between the Structural Empowerment Council, nurse leaders, and nurse educators to emphasize the importance of certification to our nursing staff was developed. New strategies were created to support and promote the awareness, interest, and preparedness of our organization's nursing staff for certification courses. These strategies included resources for successful examination, tuition reimbursement, recognition programs, and promotional events to advocate certification courses. Success of these strategies was evidenced by a nationally recognized certification rate of 40% within our organization in 2012.  In 2006, our institution employed 32 certified pediatric nurses compared to 252 in 2013. Other direct outcomes include over 250 nurses attending review courses over past 3 years and expansion of specialty review courses to include CCRN and CPEN,  attendants at three professional fairs, and an increase in my clinical ladder promotions over 100%. Indirect outcomes, as referred to in the literature, are job satisfaction for nurses and a 4.5% decrease in turnover rate since 2008. Professional nursing certification has been shown to be a perceived benefit of nurses.  To achieve successful certification programs, organizational support is necessary to achieve positive outcomes as demonstrated within our hospital.

Keywords:
Certification; Structural Empowerment; Professional Development
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Impact of Promoting Professional Nursing Certification in a Pediatric Hospitalen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLukanski, Amy Cen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentN/Aen_GB
dc.author.detailsAmy C Lukanski, MSN, RN, CPN, amy.lukanski@chp.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308336-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013, Saturday, November 16, 2013</p>Professional nursing certification programs have shown a value and benefit to nurses and healthcare organizations (Niebuhr & Biel, 2007).  Our organization recognized the importance of nursing certification not only to the nurse, but also to patients and families.  Efforts to encourage and promote pediatric specialty certifications began in 2006 through the nursing education department with the development of a certification review course.  As we embarked on our Magnet™ journey in 2010, there was a new found enthusiasm for professional development.  The promotion and support of professional development and certification became part of the organization’s culture, a collaborative effort between the Structural Empowerment Council, nurse leaders, and nurse educators to emphasize the importance of certification to our nursing staff was developed. New strategies were created to support and promote the awareness, interest, and preparedness of our organization's nursing staff for certification courses. These strategies included resources for successful examination, tuition reimbursement, recognition programs, and promotional events to advocate certification courses. Success of these strategies was evidenced by a nationally recognized certification rate of 40% within our organization in 2012.  In 2006, our institution employed 32 certified pediatric nurses compared to 252 in 2013. Other direct outcomes include over 250 nurses attending review courses over past 3 years and expansion of specialty review courses to include CCRN and CPEN,  attendants at three professional fairs, and an increase in my clinical ladder promotions over 100%. Indirect outcomes, as referred to in the literature, are job satisfaction for nurses and a 4.5% decrease in turnover rate since 2008. Professional nursing certification has been shown to be a perceived benefit of nurses.  To achieve successful certification programs, organizational support is necessary to achieve positive outcomes as demonstrated within our hospital. <div><hr width="33%" /="/" align="left">en_GB
dc.subjectCertificationen_GB
dc.subjectStructural Empowermenten_GB
dc.subjectProfessional Developmenten_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:29:59Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:29:59Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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.en_GB
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