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  • 1. The Value of Oncology Nursing Certification: Indications Based in Research Carlton G. Brown, PhD, RN, AOCN® Immediate Past-President Oncology Nursing Certification Corp.
  • 2. ONCC Mission & Vision • Our Mission-to promote and provide oncology nursing certification for the enhancement of patient care and professional practice • Our Vision--Oncology care across the continuum will be provided by oncology certified professionals
  • 3. Certificants • OCN®—21,114 • CPON®—1,346 • AOCN®-1,317 • AOCNP--384 • AOCNS-154 24,000 Oncology Certified Nurses!!!
  • 4. American Board Of Nursing Specialties Value of Certification Study
  • 5. Study Purposes • Perceptions on the value of certified nursing • Challenges and barriers to certification • Benefits and rewards to nurses for certification • Impact of certification on lost workdays • Impact of certification on nurse retention
  • 6. Survey Methods • The survey incorporated the Perceived Value of Certification Tool (PVCT)© – It is a reliable tool – Incorporates 18 certification-related value statements – Using a five-point Likert scale response • Additional questions included demographic items and research priorities • Twenty ABNS member organizations participated in the study--ONCC
  • 7. ONCC Participation • Total sample = 935 • Response Rate – Certified Nurses--751 – Non-Certified Nurses--184
  • 8. Sample Characteristics • Gender—97% Female, 3% Male • Age—54 years old • Race/ethnicity—90% Caucasian, 3% African American, Hispanic 2%, Asian 2%, Other 3% • Salary--$60,000-69,000 • Highest degree held—Associate 20%, BSN 38%, MSN 18%, PhD 1% • Role—Staff Nurse 36%, APN 10%, Nurse Manager, 19%, Educator 6%, Administrator 3%
  • 9. Sample Characteristics • Work setting—Hospital 39%, Outpatient 32%, Private Office 14%, Private Industry 2%, Academia 2% • Years in Nursing—21.33 • Years in Nursing Prior to Certification--7.86 • Certification mandatory or voluntary – Mandatory 15% – Voluntary 85% – Mandatory for advancement 2% – Voluntary for Advancement 4%
  • 10. Perceived Value of Certification – strong agreement on value statements Value Statement % Strongly Agree and Agree Enhances feeling of personal accomplishment 98.7% Validates specialized knowledge 97.9% Provides personal satisfaction 97.5% Enhances professional credibility 96.2% Provides professional challenge 96.2% Indicates professional growth 95.9% Indicates attainment of a practice standard 95.0%
  • 11. Perceived Value of Certification (cont.) Value Statement % Strongly Agree and Agree Enhances personal confidence in clinical 90.5% abilities Promotes recognition from peers 90.4% Provides evidence of accountability 88.8% Increases marketability 87.7% Promotes recognition from other health 87.6% professionals Increases consumer confidence 84.1% Indicates level of clinical competence 83.6% Enhances professional autonomy 82.0% Increases salary 39.5%
  • 12. Certified nurses perceive certification: • Enhances feeling of personal accomplishment • Validates specialized knowledge • Provides personal satisfaction • Enhances professional credibility • But doesn’t necessarily: – Increase salary
  • 13. Challenges and Barriers The top three barriers that prevented oncology nurses who had not been certified from being certified: 1. Cost of Exam 2. Lack of Institutional Reward & Support 3. Discomfort with test-taking process
  • 14. Let Certification Lapse The top three reasons an oncology certified nurse let certification lapse: 1. No longer practiced in the specialty 2. Inadequate or no compensation for certification 3. The fee for renewal
  • 15. Benefits and Rewards The top four incentives institutions offer to promote and recognize certification: 1. Reimbursement for continuing education 2. Paid time off for attending continuing education 3. Reimbursement for recertification fees 4. Credentials on nametag/business card
  • 16. Benefits and Rewards (continued) • Employer offered: – Increase in salary for certification— 18% (All organizations--12%) – Reimbursement for exam fees—48% – Paid time off for taking exam—19% – No incentives—18%
  • 17. Impact of Certification on Lost Workdays • Respondent absences ranged from 0 to 30 days due to illness in the last 12 months • Number of absences was, on average, 2 days per year for both certified and non- certified nurses • There was no statistically significant difference in absences between certified and non-certified nurses (p=0.8)
  • 18. Study Findings • Perceptions on the value of nursing • Challenges and barriers • Benefits and rewards • Impact of certification on lost workdays • Impact of certification on nurse retention
  • 19. Summary of Study • There were high levels of agreement among certified nurses and non-certified nurses that certification is greatly valued • Certified nurses do agree with a majority of the certification value statements (at a level of statistical significance p<.01) • Certification is a valuable method for nurses to differentiate themselves in the workplace
  • 20. Summary (continued) • Health care organizations continue to offer certification incentives to attract and retain professional, certified nurses • Yet, nurses continue to face challenges and barriers to obtain and maintain certification • The results of this survey validate the meaningful value that can be derived from certification