The Public’s Perspective – November 2015

A quarterly column written by ABPANC’s Public Board Member about the opportunities to educate the public on the value of nursing certification.

CPAN® and/or CAPA® Certification Is an Outstanding Achievement and a Wise Investment | November 2015

As the Public Member of the ABPANC Board of Directors, and a dedicated and certified Human Resources (HR) professional, I feel professional certification is paramount as it provides an avenue to continue improving the knowledge and credibility of our professions.

This past summer, I attended the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) annual conference where I was able to learn from guest speakers, attend breakout sessions, hear about past, present and future trends, and have the opportunity to network with other HR peers. Very similar to the ASPAN annual conference, the attendees left the conference with more knowledge, more shared experiences, and more friends than they came with. These types of conferences also offer opportunities to earn continuing education credits for recertification.

As you know, certification takes a long-term commitment; first, to receive your initial certification, and then to maintain your certification. It is an investment of time, money and perseverance – and it’s worth all of this.

For me, the SHRM certification process was initially – at face value – going to be very simple. Did I have a sense of “I have been in this profession for a long, long time, so it’s going to be easy to pass the certification exam?” You bet I did. And then reality set in when I started my journey of the exam prep and realized that all my years of experience were good, but not good enough to pass the exam. I needed help to study correctly and to pass the exam. After changing my mindset and investing in the proper study materials that SHRM provided, I was successful in passing the exam and receiving my certification.

You are fortunate to have the same type of quality study materials that I had. ABPANC is committed to protecting the integrity of the certification and recertification process by providing perianesthesia nurses with the best possible study materials possible. Also, ABPANC has made a commitment to continue to enhance the certification/recertification process while making the best materials and pricing available.

Having gone through my own certification last year and my first recertification process this past summer, I am extremely honored to have the SHRM credentials as it does elevate my knowledge and respect in the HR field. Your certification/s do the same for you in your profession. However, please remember that it’s important to share with your peers and your leadership the knowledge you have gained through your certification/recertification process.

In closing, I want to say congratulations to all of you who are currently CPAN and/or CAPA certified, especially those taking the certification journey during the Fall 2015 examination administration, as you have made a wise investment for yourself, your work units, your patients, and their families. Be proud of what you have accomplished! And remember, with your increased knowledge as a result of your certification, you will continue to make a positive difference each and every day for your profession, your patients and their families. For me, as a patient or a family member of a patient, this is very comforting. Thank you.

See the Public Awareness Campaign, “Certified Nurses are Everywhere,” sponsored by ABPANC and other professional nursing organizations.

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