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The Relationship Between Specialty Certification of Individual Nurses and Outcomes: Developing a Standardized Taxonomy for Research

Kitto, Simon PhD; Grant, Rachel MN, BScN, RN; Chappell, Kathy PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN; Lundmark, Vicki PhD

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: May 2017 - Volume 47 - Issue 5 - p 245–247
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000473
Departments: Magnet® Perspectives
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Specialty certification is an important method to demonstrate that RNs possess advanced training, knowledge, and competencies required to provide safe, high-quality care for specific populations.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor, Department of Innovation in Medical Education and Director of Research, Office of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine (Dr Kitto); and PhD Student, Faculty of Education (Ms Grant), University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; and Senior Vice President, Certification/Measurement, Accreditation Program, and Institute for Credentialing Research (Dr Chappell), and Director, Institute for Credentialing Research (Dr Lundmark), American Nurses Credentialing Center, Silver Spring, Maryland.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Vicki Lundmark, PhD, American Nurses Credentialing Center, 8515 Georgia Ave, Ste 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (vicki.lundmark@ana.org).

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