News brief: Support for specialty certification leads to nurse satisfaction, study says

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, July 7, 2009

A new study reveals that nurses in organizations that strongly encourage pursuit of specialty certifications are happier with their managers and rate their quality of care higher than nurses at organizations that do not provide support.

The Critical Care Nurses' Work Environments 2008 study is a follow up to its 2006 study—that serves as a baseline for assessment—and involved more than 5,000 critical care nurses in an online questionnaire.

More than half of the nurses that responded that their organization's support for certification was strong also said they were very satisfied with their job. In contrast, 60% of nurses who reported an intention to leave their position within the next three years also said their organization's support for certification was poor.

Source: American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

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