The Powerful Impact of Specialty Certification
By: American Nurses Association
Specialty certification is nursing’s highest professional achievement, and makes a significant impact on nurses, patients, and health care organizations. According to the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing, once nurses are certified, they are more likely to practice at the top of their specialty and stay that way¹.
Staying on top is more important than ever in today’s increasingly complex health care environment². For Deepesh Subedi, a nurse on the Medical-Surgical unit at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville, specialty certification was an early career goal. Deepesh recently earned his Medical-Surgical Board Certification (RN-BC) from ANCC, and he shares his story with us.
“I was motivated to pursue specialty certification while preparing for my master’s degree. For me, it was a win-win. I could study for my RN-BC exam, and get ready for graduate school at the same time. Learning the content for one helped me with the other. Earning my RN-BC has given me more confidence to pursue my master’s degree.
There were many other good reasons for me to become certified. My hospital offers a financial incentive to pass the board, plus they pay nurses to take the exam. On a personal level, certification helps so much. You are learning, you are moving ahead, and you have the potential to make more money, too. You have nothing to lose.
Having the RN-BC credential is a benefit for me at the professional level, as well. It shows I’m dedicated to my work, focused on what I do, and gives me an advantage if I apply for a management position. In addition, now that I’m certified, I’m a role model for my coworkers. After seeing me pass the exam and achieve this goal, they are super motivated to pursue specialty certification themselves. In my hospital, certification is important. Certified nurses are celebrated all year long.
Certification is always worthy. Being ANCC-certified is an even greater achievement. I’m honored to be an RN-BC.”
As an ANCC-certified nurse, you’ll be respected by your patients, colleagues, and employers. Plus, you’ll have access to a wealth of resources and support throughout your nursing career. Get ANCC certified and leverage these benefits today.
¹ Raising the Bar: Why Board Certification for RNs Matters. Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing, 2020.
²Certification for Lifelong Learning. American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2018.