Good afternoon all!
Today is March 19th and it is Certified Nurses Day!
Certified Nurses Day is a celebratory day for all of the nurses who are seeking to advance in the profession and contribute as a specialized leader in nursing. Certified Nurses Day occurs on the 19th of March in celebration of Dr. Margretta "Gretta" Madden Styles EdD, RN, FAAN. Dr. Styles was a pioneer in advancing nursing through standards, credentials and governing bodies to support advancement through certification in nursing.
There are 18 nursing certifications currently available on the ANCC website. Informatics Nursing is one of those certifications. The first certification exam for Informatics Nursing was offered in 1995, nearly 30 years ago!
The most recent data shows that there are 3132 board certified informatics nurses as of 2021. Perhaps you are one of those, perhaps you are on your way to become the next board certified nurse, or perhaps it is a goal of yours in the short or long term.
I earned my board certification in 2014, two years after completing my PhD in the specialty field. I saw the need to have that certification to demonstrate that even with all of my experience and education, I held the qualifications that the certifying body deemed essential for the specialty discipline.
Where this has day to day application is at the individual level when you are seeking out new career opportunities. As more informatics nurses earn their board certification, more employers will be looking for that credential. Invest in yourself to reach that next level goal if that is on your professional development to-do list. Form a timeline for when you'd like to reach that goal and work backwards as to how you want to prepare. If it is too early, that is ok too. Keep it on your long term list goal.
At an organizational level, hospitals seeking Magnet status will need to report on the number of certified nurses within their organizations. Explore if there are opportunities for certification within your organization.
The HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey inquired with informatics about the perceived value of certification. The top five answers from respondents were: personal satisfaction, enhances credibility and/or marketability, validates specialized knowledge, enhances ones confidence, and provides a competitive advantage.
We have offered our Nursing Informatics Certification Exam Review (NICER) Program for 7 years now helping to support the goals of informatics nurses from across the United States to reach their board certification goal. In honor of Certified Nurses Day, we are offering $50.00 off of our NICER Program using code: CND50 through March 31st 2023. You can read more about our NICER program here.
Have a lovely Sunday and Certified Nurses Day!
Tiffany Kelley PhD MBA RN-BC
Founder & CEO, iCare Nursing Solutions