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2018 Guide to Nursing Certification Boards

Bonsall, Lisa Morris, MSN, RN, CRNP; Schnur, Myrna Buiser, MSN, RN; Fryling-Resare, Kim, BA; Lynch, Lindsey, BA

doi: 10.1097/DCC.0000000000000325
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Nursing specialty certification is a way to demonstrate clinical and professional growth. Use this resource to learn about available certifications and contact the certifying body that meets your needs.

Lisa Morris Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP, is the senior clinical editor for Lippincott

Myrna Buiser Schnur, MSN, RN, is a clinical editor for Lippincott

Kim Fryling-Resare, BA, is the managing editor for Lippincott

Lindsey Lynch, BA, is the digital editor for Lippincott

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Lisa Bonsall, MSN, Wolters Kluwer Health, 2001 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (

As nurses, we are continuously learning and growing, both clinically and professionally. One way to demonstrate this growth is through specialty certification. Certification validates our competence and engagement in lifelong learning in our specialty areas of practice.1 Those additional letters after our name communicate our achievements and commitment to maintaining excellence to patients and families, employers and colleagues, and peers. Certified nursing practice has been correlated with improved patient care and outcomes.2 Isn't it time you explored certification in your specialty?

Lippincott is the premier online destination for peer-reviewed nursing resources and continuing education activities. Our team supports you in your efforts to maintain or pursue certification in your specialty. Use the following table to explore your options and contact the certifying body that meets your needs. Please visit to access the most up-to-date information. On NursingCenter's CEConnection (, you'll find CE lists organized by nursing specialty, allowing you to quickly find the right CE activities to meet your needs.

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1. Chappell K, ElChamaa R, Jeong D, et al. Conceptualization and operationalization of certification in the US and Canadian nursing literature. J Nurs Adm. 2018;48(5):238–246.
2. Biel M, Grief L, Patry LA, Ponto J, Shirey M. The Relationship Between Nursing Certification and Patient Outcomes: A Review of the Literature. 2014. Last accessed April 24, 2018.
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