Nurse studying for certification

Should You Get Certified?

How obtaining specialty certifications can improve your bottom line

It can be so hard to get motivated to study for certification! Here’s a little inspiration if you’re on the fence or procrastinating.

Why Certify?

Certification is not a new concept, and nurses have been offered certification in specialty areas since the mid-1970s. A distinct difference between licensure and certification is that, in most cases, licensure is required while certification is voluntary.

Increase Job Satisfaction:

According to an American Board of Nursing Specialties study, 100% of nurses felt pride in their accomplishment upon completing certification and 90% felt improved confidence at work. Because certification is voluntary, it has become a way to set yourself apart from the pack and demonstrate your motivation and dedication to the profession. Certification can also improve the confidence of patients and families, and boost the reputation of your facility.

Become more Competitive

Certification opens the door for new jobs, committees and increased respect. Nearly 90% of managers would hire a certified nurse over an equal applicant who is not certified. Those little letters behind your name could be the ticket to open doors that otherwise would have stayed shut.  

Increased Salary

According to’s 2017 Survey, certified nurses have larger base salaries. To encourage nurses to continue their education, some facilities offer to pay for CEU’s in preparation for certification as well as test expenses; and to sweeten the deal even further, they may even offer a salary bonus or a raise once the certification is completed. 

Where to begin?

Choose a specialty

The choices in specialty certifications are many and can be overwhelming when considering which to pursue. Choosing a certification begins with self-reflection and an assessment of the career path you would like to follow. 

Choose a program

There have never been more user-friendly options for studying and sitting for your certifications than can be found today. has compiled a comprehensive list of specialties that includes links to organizations that offer programs for each course of study. Getting started might be easier than you think.