Survey Says…

In an article found in the May, 2005 issue of Nursing Management describing the results of a survey conducted by the American Board of Nursing Specialties at the 2002 Nursing Management Congress, the following perceptions of nurse managers were identified regarding specialty nursing certification:

86% of respondents indicated they would hire a certified nurse over a noncertified nurse if everything else were equal. The top five reasons why were — A certified nurse:

  • Has a proven knowledge base in a given specialty
  • Demonstrates a greater professional commitment to lifelong learning
  • Has documented experience in a given specialty
  • Is a role model and mentor for others
  • Demonstrates increased confidence

(MF Stromborg, BN Niebuhr, et al. Specialty Certification. More Than A Title. Nursing Management, p 36 – 46, May, 2005.)