Can provide increased feelings of competence and self-confidence (Fights, 2015) • Helps foster safer work environments, helps educate colleagues, and contribute to a culture of best practice (Rauen & Katz-Brock, 2014) • Provides career opportunities (American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC], n.d.) • Nurse mangers prefer to hire certified nurses because they have a proven knowledge base in specialty practice and an enhanced ability to function in complex patient care situations (Fights, 2015)
Impact on Professional Certification (cont.) • Cons (ANCC, n.d.) • Finances • Examination fees • Association/membership fees • Continuing education fees • Labor intensive • Time consuming to learn the material Initial Certification Testing Prices 2011 All Exams Examination fee for American Nurses Association Me mbers $270 American Psychiatric Nurses Association Members - For Psychiatric Exams Only $290 Discount Rate Organizations * $340 Examination fee for Non- Members $395 Pricing & Discounts Renewal Non-member $350 American Nurses Association members $250
Relationship to ANA Scope and Standards of Practice • Pros • Improve professional competencies (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2010). • Motivation for continuous education for all • Mandates improvement in skills and quality of care • Improves health outcomes in patients and communities • Fosters networking in professional nurses • Demonstrates professionalism (ANA, 2010).
Relationship to ANA Scope and Standards of Practice • Cons • Costly to implement • Time consuming • Professional resistance against the mandatory requirement • Difficult to measure patient outcomes attributed to education
Relationship to ANA Code of Ethics • Ongoing training to engage with moral and organizational complexity •
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