Nursing Care of the Advanced-Age Population
Certification and a Nurse's Career
To stay up-to-date with nursing care today, nurses need to look beyond their place of employment to further education and learning opportunities. An RN behind a nurses’ name is just the beginning. New nurses, and older nurses as well, should attend programs offered by their facility and aim for certification in their specialty. Certification sets you apart from other nurses. It displays your commitment and dedication to the profession of nursing. Nurses should join their professional organizations and understand that nursing is not limited to one area. Every nurse has a niche. Working in different areas will help nurses find that niche.
I chose medical-surgical nursing early in my career. A medical-surgical nurse cares for patients across the continuum of the adult population. This is accomplished by providing care for conditions that affect multiple body systems and disease entities. My experience in caring for patients has focused specifically on patients with medical conditions, those facing surgical procedures, and those with acute and chronic conditions.
A lifelong learner, I spotted the “C” (designation for certification) on another nurse’s nametag in 1986. After obtaining certification myself in 1987, I made a commitment to maintain my certification. To do so, I regularly attend educational seminars, maintain professional journal subscriptions, attend professional meetings, and maintain membership in professional organizations. I pride myself on knowing what is happening in the world of nursing.
My recent appointment to American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commissioner on Certification (COC) is a highlight in my 44 years as a bedside medical-surgical nurse. Volunteering as a Commissioner allows me to take the knowledge that I have gained to another level. Working with other members of the COC gives me the opportunity to make sure that nurses who desire to become certified will be successful in their pursuit. Serving on this commission, I am also able to participate, as a stakeholder, with specified accountability, ownership, awareness, and ability in furthering nursing certification.
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Cite this: Sarah P. Macklin-Brown. Perspectives on Nursing Care of the Advanced-Age Population and on Nursing Certification - Medscape - Jul 08, 2009.