AACN Advanced Critical Care:
doi: 10.1097/NCI.0b013e318206e112
Symposium: the Value of Certification

Certifiably Excellent

Teal, Jan RN, BC, MSN, CCRN

Section Editor(s): Kaplow, Roberta Symposium Editor

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The purpose of this article is to provide a road map for individuals and chapters to use in beginning a certification program. The Heart of the Piedmont Chapter used the mission, vision, and values of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses to create an environment of safety and expert care for patients and their families. The journey began when our chapter realized that there were only a few certified nurses in our chapter and hospital. As a chapter, we decided to use a survey to determine interest in certification. We invited all interested nurses to attend a certification meeting. Eighty nurses attended. Collaborating with nursing administration, we held study groups, brought in a national speaker, and assisted with payment of the certification examination. This article describes how 1 chapter can make a positive difference in the lives of nurses and patients. Although our chapter's journey is ongoing, we hope to share our strategies for success with others.

© 2011 American Association of Critical–Care Nurses


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