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Specialty Nurse Certification Effects Patient Outcomes

Wilkerson, Brenda L. BSN, CRNFA(e), CPSN(e)

doi: 10.1097/PSN.0b013e31821b5a9c

This article reports on studies that have shown specialty nurses with certification contribute to quality patient outcomes and satisfaction. In addition, nurses who have achieved their specialty certification have perceived intrinsic value, empowerment and heighten collaboration with the health care team.

Brenda L. Wilkerson, BSN, CRNFA(e), CPSN(e), is Clinical Nursing Instructor, Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky.

Address correspondence to Brenda L. Wilkerson, BSN, CRNFA(e), CPSN(e), 4603 Harbold Court, Louisville, KY 40241 (e-mail:

The author does not have an actual or potential conflict of interest relative to my publication of this article.

The author has not received any funding to support this article.

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