Study Documents Value of Nursing Certification

Posted: February 22, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Ann Cary, Nursing and Health Science, served as principal investigator of the largest study ever conducted on U.S. and Canadian nurses who hold professional certification. The study, conducted by the Nursing Credentialing Research Coalition (NCRC), found that certification is a key tool in reducing health care errors.

Nurses earn certification by meeting eligibility requirements, such as clinical experience and continuing education, and validating their skills and abilities by passing a national certifying exam. More than 350,000 nurses in the United States and Canada hold professional certification, both general and specialty; more than 19,500 of them provided data for this study.

Nurses in the study stated that after being certified, they experienced fewer adverse events and errors in patient care and felt more confident in their ability to detect early signs of complications in their patients.

“The data from this study is paramount to an initial understanding of the nature of quality outcomes and patient safety factors that may be optimized by certification,” says Cary. “The NCRC findings are a piece of the puzzle in building a comprehensive approach to patient safety.”

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