Tips from BESD: Assessing the link between certification, patient outcomes, and nursing behaviors

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, December 31, 2010

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).

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