March 19 National Certified Nurses Day

Are you a certified nurse? It’s a day to recognize you and other board certified nurses in many nursing specialties.  Congratulations!

Certification is a profession’s official recognition of achievement, expertise, and clinical judgment. It is a mark of excellence that requires continued learning and skill development to maintain.  I have been a “CRNI” – certified registered nurse in Infusion since 1986.  I never gave it a second thought when the certification for infusion nursing became available, took it, and was very happy when I passed. It was indeed a milestone in one’s professional life and I never regretted taking the exam. To date, I have remained certified and proud that being certified in a nursing specialty is now getting the recognition we deserved.

In infusion nursing,  many are confused with the terms “certification” and “certificate”.  These two terms are not the same and shouldn’t be used interchangeably. I have written about the difference in a previous blog called “Yes, I am IV certified”. Yet, many in the infusion therapy industry still use the terms interchangeably creating continuous confusion. Honestly, we should begin to use the term” Board certified” when referring to our specialty nursing certification awarded by certification corporations of nursing boards or nursing organizations.

Enjoy your day!!  For more information about “Certified Nurses Day” click here!

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