Empowerment Through Rehabilitation Nursing Certification

Authors

  • Jean Tenney MS RN CRRN,

    clinical specialistSearch for more papers by this author
    • At the time this article was written, Jean Tenney was a rehabilitation clinical specialist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH) in Boston; she now is the education coordinator at Central California Rehabilitation Hospital in Modesto, CA.

  • Sheila B. Golden-Baker MS RN CRRN,

    coordinator of staff, Corresponding authorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Sheila Golden-Baker is the coordinator of staff development/nursing research at SRH and Pamela DeMoucell is an instructor in staff development/nursing research at SRH. Karen Wians was an instructor in staff development/nursing research at SRH and now is a neuro rehabilitation nurse clinician/educator at Norwood Hospital in Norwood, MA.

  • Pamela J. DeMoucell MEd RN CRRN,

    instructor in staffSearch for more papers by this author
    • Sheila Golden-Baker is the coordinator of staff development/nursing research at SRH and Pamela DeMoucell is an instructor in staff development/nursing research at SRH. Karen Wians was an instructor in staff development/nursing research at SRH and now is a neuro rehabilitation nurse clinician/educator at Norwood Hospital in Norwood, MA.

  • Karen M. Wians MS RN C

    instructor in staffSearch for more papers by this author
    • Sheila Golden-Baker is the coordinator of staff development/nursing research at SRH and Pamela DeMoucell is an instructor in staff development/nursing research at SRH. Karen Wians was an instructor in staff development/nursing research at SRH and now is a neuro rehabilitation nurse clinician/educator at Norwood Hospital in Norwood, MA.


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Abstract

Certification empowers nurses by validating their clinical competency and continued professional growth. This article discusses the current state of certification in the nursing profession. The potential benefits to the certified nurse and the costs in both time and money needed to achieve and maintain certification are addressed. The article also describes how the nursing department of a 284-bed rehabilitation hospital developed a program to promote specialty certification among its nursing staff. The process and outcome of this program revealed several potential research topics.

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