Certification in Nursing: What It Means for You

There is currently an extreme nursing shortage happening not just in the US but all over the world. With so few nurses, healthcare is suffering, and sometimes people aren’t able to get the care that they need when they need it. Even more so, there is a specific need for certified nurses who have gone above and beyond in their education as an RN. If you are a certified nurse, you know just how important your work is and how much good you can do in the world.

If you are not a certified nurse, you may want to consider earning a certification in your specialty field. The following are a few of the great benefits you could receive if you pursue nursing certification.


Just like a college degree in a specific field or major, nursing certification is evidence of expertise in a certain nursing specialty. By obtaining a nursing certification, you are showing others, especially potential employers, that you are knowledgeable and experienced.

Better Patient Care

Earning a nursing certification identifies the holder as someone who has specialized expertise and training. Certified nurses must have an in-depth knowledge of the specialty and several years of experience before being allowed to take a certification exam. Naturally, more experience and knowledge will ensure that an RN provides the best care.

Professional Fulfillment

There are many outward benefits to becoming certified, but if you are a self-motivated nurse who takes pride in personal accomplishments, earning a certification in nursing can be one of the most fulfilling things that you can do. Not all nurses pursue certification, but if you are looking for something to increase your knowledge without going back to school, certification may be just the thing for you.

Professional Advancement

As previously mentioned, not all nurses chose to obtain a certification and a certification indicates expertise. So, as a certified nurse you may stand out in the crowd when applying for a job. Additionally, some employers pay certified RNs more than those who are not certified.

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Dr. Jenna Liphart Rhoads is a registered nurse and a nurse educator. She earned a BSN from Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing and an MS in nursing education from Northern Illinois University. Jenna earned a PhD in education with a concentration in nursing education from Capella University where she researched the moderation effects of emotional intelligence on the relationship of stress and GPA in military veteran nursing students.