Certification recognizes an individual as having attained a level of expertise as demonstrated by passing a valid and reliable standardized exam. Certification attests the individual’s knowledge and critical thinking skills in clinical decision making for a defined population. Certification identifies the nurse as having a recognized degree of proficiency in the stated area of clinical practice. The Society of Pediatric Nurses strongly supports and encourages certification for nurses at both the basic and advanced practice levels.
There are two organizations, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, and American Nurses Credentialing Center, that support certification programs. Each one has an initial exam and subsequent requirements for continued certification. Maintaining certification is based on demonstration of continued knowledge acquisition. SPN encourages you to explore the links to their websites and learn more about this valuable opportunity to promote excellence in pediatric nursing.