The purpose of this article is to provide a road map for individuals and chapters to use in beginning a certification program. The Heart of the Piedmont Chapter used the mission, vision, and values of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses to create an environment of safety and expert care for patients and their families. The journey began when our chapter realized that there were only a few certified nurses in our chapter and hospital. As a chapter, we decided to use a survey to determine interest in certification. We invited all interested nurses to attend a certification meeting. Eighty nurses attended. Collaborating with nursing administration, we held study groups, brought in a national speaker, and assisted with payment of the certification examination. This article describes how 1 chapter can make a positive difference in the lives of nurses and patients. Although our chapter’s journey is ongoing, we hope to share our strategies for success with others.
Symposium: The Value of Certification| January 01 2011
AACN Adv Crit Care (2011) 22 (1): 83–88.
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Jan Teal; Certifiably Excellent. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 January 2011; 22 (1): 83–88. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/NCI.0b013e318206e112
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