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Keywords:

  • Certification;
  • education;
  • job satisfaction;
  • nursing shortage;
  • personnel retention;
  • skill acquisition;
  • staff development

ISSUES AND PURPOSE. The development of a multiunit-based certificate program to promote retention by increasing experienced pediatric nurses' knowledge, skills, and professional role development through a blend of didactic, clinical, and mentoring components.

CONCLUSIONS. The certificate group demonstrated an increase in knowledge and skill, advanced leadership role acquisition, promotion, certification, and graduate school matriculation, and achieved a 95% retention rate within the organization.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. With support from management and multidisciplinary team members, a certificate program like this can be implemented in a variety of settings and specialties.