Nursing certifications are an extension of the multi-layered path of nursing education. Basic nurse’s certifications have to do with the level of college you have completed and the state certification you are assigned. LVN or LPN (Licensed Vocational Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse) are typically a 2-year degree program. RN’s can have either an Associates or a Bachelor’s (BSN-RN) degree. From there a MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing) also opens doors. However, once your school is finished, there are a number of advanced certifications nurses can achieve that will help them go farther in their profession. Here are the top five.
CCRN – Critical Care Registered Nurse
This certification can be earned through classes and tests given by most major hospitals. The class takes about a semester and covers everything from recognizing drug reactions to advanced cardio care techniques. A CCRN is certified to work in telemetry, intensive care and critical care units where patients need constant monitoring and have life-threatening concerns. Salaries are often higher on those floors, and nurses see fewer patients per shift because they require almost constant care.
Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
This certification is one of the most in-demand in hospitals and private doctor’s offices. With the increase of Americans with Diabetes currently occurring and the soaring obesity rate, which means more people will have diabetes in the future, CDE’s will never be out of opportunities for employment. The task of the CDE is to explain to people with Diabetes the best diet for their health, teach children and adults how to inject insulin and test their blood sugar, and provide consistent health education.
ACRN – HIV/AIDS Certified Nurse
Another specialty that is sadly seeing a dramatic increase is the need for nurses with a special education in HIV/AIDS. These nurses take courses in immunology and the symptoms of the disease as well as some cultural sensitivity classes that deal…