I have a question I hope the MN community can help me with…have any nurses out there gotten additional certifications, either online or at a seminar? I am a psych nurse and a Corrections nurse, and my goal is to work for the Dept of Mental Health Forensic Services. I would like to be able to add Certified Corrections Nurse to my resume (and perhaps Certified Psychiatric Nurse, but one at a time). Are there cert programs that are more legit than others, are they all the same, which are recognized, and is it even worth pursuing? What experiences have people had? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Amanda, LPN, Massachusetts
Most certified specialty nursing certificates are given by the specialty organization. Most require so many hours of work in the last couple of years, some require a BSN, most (all that I know of) require an RN.) Look up the ones you are interested in, and it should give you the requirements for them.
Your best option for certifications that are accepted across the board are through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which is a branch of the ANA. There are other options out there, but these are the most “legit”. The boards I took for ANCC board certification were harder than NCLEX!
I just re-read and noticed you’re an LPN. I’m pretty sure ANCC certifications require an RN 🙁 They don’t require a BSN though for nursing board certifications.
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