What Do I Need to Know About Nursing Certifications?
Types of Nursing Certifications
Nursing certification provides you with an official declaration of your education, skills and experience as a nursing professional. Earning a nursing certification may prove to employers that you’ve best standards set by credible organizations in the field to provide care for patients in different ways.
There is a perennial dilemma for new graduates: employers often want candidates with experience, but how can you get experience if you’ve never had a job? Registered nurses are considered entry-level in most job settings and you can get your RN license with an associate degree in some states. Nursing certifications often require some form of experience, so what your interests are in providing care to patients will likely determine what you earn a certification in.
Almost all nursing certifications will require some level of experience and/or education. That said, each organization offering certification will have different requirements. Be sure to check with the organization first.
Nurse practitioners must recertify their certifications to maintain their state licenses. The recertification cycles vary based on specialty and certifying body. Recertification or renewals vary depending on specialty and may range from every year to every five years.