The Benefits of Certification
Being certified sends a message that a nurse has specialty knowledge beyond RN licensure.
Board certification may benefit nurses with increased compensation, enhanced career mobility, and recognition of validated expertise by
employers, colleagues, and patients and their families.
By the Numbers
- 99% of pediatric nurses who are certified agree that certification enhances feelings of personal accomplishment and validates specialized knowledge.(ABNS Study)
- 97% of nurses report more confidence in their clinical abilities after certification. (Piazza, et.al.)
- Salaries for nurses with specialty certification averaged $9,400 more annually than nurses without certification. (Nursing2011 Salary and Benefits Survey Report)
- 86% of nurse managers prefer hiring certified nurses over uncertified ones. (Stromberg, Niebuhr, et.al.)
- 90% of nurses agree that certification enhances nurses' credibility. (ABNS Study)
- 74% of institutions provide one or more certification incentives. (Stromberg, Niebuhr, et.al.)
- 73% of patients are more likely to select a hospital that employs a high percentage of nurses with an additional specialty certification. (AACN Study)
Certification helps you stand out on the floor, when seeking a promotion, and if job hunting. New research initiatives are working to
show evidence of how certification is linked to better patient care. The public is becoming more aware of certification.
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For more about how certification makes a difference read why one nurse decided to become certified in her own words.
Excelsior College Credit
CPN® certification is worth three baccalaureate nursing degree credits at Excelsior College, a
leader in distance education. Excelsior's School of Nursing received the 2006 Best School Award by the
American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) and was ranked ninth nationally by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
for the number of Hispanics receiving nursing degrees. Our CPN® exam has been recognized for academic credit by Excelsior's School of Nursing since 1998.
Visit Excelsior's School of Nursing webpage for more details.
To receive Excelsior degree credit, please save and complete our CPN Verification Form.
Explore these articles for more about certification:
- Certified Pediatric Nurses' Perceptions of Job Satisfaction. Wyatt, J., and Harrison, M. Pediatric Nursing. July/August 2010.
- Pediatric Nurses Value Certification. Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, January 2007.
- American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) Value of Certification Survey Executive Summary. American Board of Nursing Specialties, May 2006.
- Certified Registered Nurses: Results of the Study of the Certified Workforce. Cary, A.H. American Journal of Nursing. 101(1):44-52, January 2001.
- Differences in Perceptions of Empowerment Among Nationally Certified and Noncertified Nurses. Piazza, Irene M., et al. Journal of Nursing Administration. 36(5):277-283, May 2006.
- NAPNAP Position Paper on Certification. National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, June 2006.
- Stromborg, M.F., Niebuhr, B.N., et al. Nursing Management. 36(5):36-46, May 2005.
- The Value of Specialty Nursing Certification. Biel, M., and Niebuhr, B.N. Nursing Outlook. 55 (4):176-181, July-August 2007.