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Nursing Certification

The Value of Certification For Nurses:

  • Personal satisfaction through increased confidence and growth
  • Certification demonstrates your professional aspirations and your
    desire to improve the quality of patient care and delivery of services.
  • Validation of specialty nursing expertise
  • To survive cutbacks and be more competitive
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Monetary differentials
  • Enhanced job opportunities

In these days of health care reform, cost containment, downsizing and managed
care, being a good nurse just isn't enough anymore. To be competitive, you've
got to keep up - and keeping up with nursing means getting certified. 

For more information concerning clinical areas that may interest you, contact
these national certification Boards or visit the applicable site:

Addictions Nursing - CARN

Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET)

Nurses Credentialing - C, CS, CNA, CNAA

American Nurses Credentialing Center

Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality

Healthcare Quality Certification Board

Childbirth Educators - CCE

Prepared Childbirth Educators, Inc.

Childbirth Education For Professionals - CCE

International Childbirth Education Association

Critical Care Nursing - CCRN

AACN Certification Corporation

Developmental Disabilities Nursing - CDDN

Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association

Diabetes Educators - CDE

National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators

Emergency Nursing - CEN, CFRN

Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing

Gastroenterology - CGRN

Certifying Board of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc.


HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board

Infection Control - CIC

Certification Board of Infection Control, Inc.

Intravenous Nursing - CRNI

Intravenous Nurses Certification Corp.

Managed Care Nursing - CMCN

American Board of Managed Care Medicine

Maternal/Child Nursing - RNC

National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties


Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB)

Nephrology Nursing - CHN, CPDN

Board of Nephrology Examiners: Nursing & Technology

Neuroscience Nursing - CNRN

American Board of Neuroscience Nursing Professional Examination Service

Nurse Administration-Long-term Care - CDONA/LTC

NADONA/LTC Certification Registrar

Nurse Anesthetists - CRNA

Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists

Nursing Director - CNDLTC

American Society for Long-Term Care Nursing

Nurse Midwifery - CNM

ACNM Certification Council, Inc.

Occupational Health Nursing - COHN, COHN-S

American Board for Occupational Health Nurses, Inc.

Oncology Nursing - AOCN, OCN

Oncology Nursing Certification Corp.

Ophthalmic Nursing - CRNO

National Certifying Board for Ophthalmic Registered Nurses

Orthopaedic Nursing - ONC

Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board (ONCB)

Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nursing - CORLN

The National Certifying Board of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses

Pain Management - FAAPM

American Academy of Pain Management

Pediatric Nursing - CPN, CPNP

National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses

Perianesthesia Nursing - CAPA

American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification Inc

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgical Nursing - CPSN

Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board

Rehabilitation Nursing - CRRN

Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

School Nursing - CSN

National Board for Certification of School Nurses, Inc.

Urology Nursing - CURN

Certification Board for Urology Nurses and Associates (CBUNA)

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing - CWCN, COCN, CCON

Wound, Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Board