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Website spotlight: Assessing the link between certification, patient outcomes, and nursing behaviors

Nurse Leader Insider, December 27, 2010

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As educators, we place great emphasis on the effect of continuing education and training and on the pursuit of specialty certification. We recognize individuals for their knowledge and skills, but it’s also important to investigate whether there is a link between certification, improved job performance, and enhanced patient outcomes.


To date, most of the research on certification has focused on nurses’ attitudes about the value of certification (Drenkard, 2010). However, a recent Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA) special supplement examines the issue and contains seven previously published articles that “portray the state of the science of research about nursing certification” (JONA, 2010).


Editor's note: To read the rest of this free article by visiting the Reading Room at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com.


*Do you need continuing education (CE) credits? Check out this month’s CE article about mandatory flu shots or visit our archives and view a compilation of CE articles (marked with an asterisk).



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