Certification Summit I:
In March of 2016, the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), a not-for-profit membership organization focused on improving patient outcomes and consumer protection through specialty nursing certification, convened a gathering of healthcare leaders in Las Vegas of to discuss the value of certification in healthcare practice. From the meeting of more than 100 healthcare professionals (A National Convening- The Value of Certification) four primary benefits of certification emerged.
- Improves recruitment and retention/employment and job prospects.
- Recognized as validation of knowledge in the specialty.
- Improves culture, improves job satisfaction, empowerment, and confidence.
- Advances safety, improves processes of care and quality of care.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the credentialing arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), commissioned an independent scoping review study. A research team was developed to identify how certification was conceptualized within North American nursing literature. Several articles were written summarizing the process and outcomes of the review.
Chappell, K., ElChamaa, R., Jeong, D., Kendall-Gallagher, D., Salk, E., Reeves, S., … & Kitto, S. (2018). Conceptualization and operationalization of certification in the US and Canadian nursing literature. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 48(5), 238-246. DOI: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000608
ElChamaa, R., Jeong, D., Chappell, K., Lundmark, V., & Kitto, S. (2019). Constructing a sensitizing definition of certification in nursing. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 49(1), 1-3. DOI: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000697
Chappell, K., Jeong, D., ElChamaa, D., Lundmark, V., Kendall-Gallagher, D., Salk, E., … & Kitto, S. (2019). Constructing a sensitizing definition of certification in nursing for research purposes: A hybrid methodology using consensus-building approach. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 49(1), 12-18. DOI: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000701
The following definition was reached and proposes as the single sensitizing definition of certification in nursing.
Certification in nursing acts as a mechanism for validation or formal recognition by documenting individual nurses’ knowledge, skills, and abilities specific to their specialty. To become certified, nurses are required to meet predetermined eligibility criteria and achieve standards identified by a nursing specialty, including sufficient practical experience and passing a certification examination that provides external validation of knowledge and judgement. The intended outcome of certification in nursing is to validate competence with the overall goal of improving safety, quality of care, and health outcomes for people who use healthcare services. (Chappell et al., 2019, p15-16).
Certification Summit II:
In May of 2019, the ANA convened another gathering of more than 100 healthcare professionals. Summit participants chose to focus on priority area #4:
Advances safety, improves processes of care and quality of care. The purpose of research in this area is to investigate and demonstrate the link/relationship between certification and processes of care, quality of care and safety. Studies should focus on collecting data to explore and delineate outcomes and impacts of certified practice compared to non-certified practice on: (1) better outcomes or processes of care; (2) patient satisfaction and/or (3) performance outcomes.
The goals for this Certification Summit were three-fold.
- to review results of the scoping review study of certification in nursing launched in 2016
- to prioritize certification research questions
- to develop support strategies for research on certification in nursing
Discussion occurred and collectively identified multiple barriers which have stalled efforts to advance the science and research into certification in nursing.
Certification Summit II Outcomes:
Through a collaborative and iterative process, attendees also committed to the following:
Please click here for a summary of the proceedings from the Certification Summit II
- Establish a governance structure, charter, objectives, and volunteers
- Outline research strategies and data sources
- Explore funding and resources