The Value of Oncology
Nursing Certification:
Indications Based in Research
Carlton G. Brown, PhD, RN, AOCN®
Immediate Past...
ONCC Mission & Vision
• Our Mission-to promote and provide
oncology nursing certification for the
enhancement of patient c...
Certificants
• OCN®—21,114
• CPON®—1,346
• AOCN®-1,317
• AOCNP--384
• AOCNS-154
24,000 Oncology Certified Nurses!!!
American Board
Of Nursing Specialties
Value of Certification
Study
Study Purposes
• Perceptions on the value of certified
nursing
• Challenges and barriers to certification
• Benefits and r...
Survey Methods
• The survey incorporated the Perceived Value
of Certification Tool (PVCT)©
– It is a reliable tool
– Incor...
ONCC Participation
• Total sample = 935
• Response Rate
– Certified Nurses--751
– Non-Certified Nurses--184
Sample Characteristics
• Gender—97% Female, 3% Male
• Age—54 years old
• Race/ethnicity—90% Caucasian, 3% African
American...
Sample Characteristics
• Work setting—Hospital 39%, Outpatient
32%, Private Office 14%, Private Industry
2%, Academia 2%
•...
Perceived Value of Certification
– strong agreement on value statements
Value Statement % Strongly Agree and
Agree
Enhance...
Perceived Value of Certification (cont.)
Value Statement % Strongly Agree and
Agree
Enhances personal confidence in clinic...
Certified nurses perceive
certification:
• Enhances feeling of personal
accomplishment
• Validates specialized knowledge
•...
Challenges and Barriers
The top three barriers that prevented
oncology nurses who had not been certified
from being certif...
Let Certification Lapse
The top three reasons an oncology certified
nurse let certification lapse:
1. No longer practiced ...
Benefits and Rewards
The top four incentives institutions offer to
promote and recognize certification:
1. Reimbursement f...
Benefits and Rewards
(continued)
• Employer offered:
– Increase in salary for certification—
18% (All organizations--12%)
...
Impact of Certification on
Lost Workdays
• Respondent absences ranged from 0 to 30
days due to illness in the last 12 mont...
Study Findings
• Perceptions on the value of nursing
• Challenges and barriers
• Benefits and rewards
• Impact of certific...
Summary of Study
• There were high levels of agreement
among certified nurses and non-certified
nurses that certification ...
Summary (continued)
• Health care organizations continue to
offer certification incentives to attract
and retain professio...
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  1. 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. 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. 3. Certificants • OCN®—21,114 • CPON®—1,346 • AOCN®-1,317 • AOCNP--384 • AOCNS-154 24,000 Oncology Certified Nurses!!!
  4. 4. American Board Of Nursing Specialties Value of Certification Study
  5. 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. 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. 7. ONCC Participation • Total sample = 935 • Response Rate – Certified Nurses--751 – Non-Certified Nurses--184
  8. 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. 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. 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. 11. Perceived Value of Certification (cont.) Value Statement % Strongly Agree and Agree Enhances personal confidence in clinical abilities 90.5% Promotes recognition from peers 90.4% Provides evidence of accountability 88.8% Increases marketability 87.7% Promotes recognition from other health professionals 87.6% Increases consumer confidence 84.1% Indicates level of clinical competence 83.6% Enhances professional autonomy 82.0% Increases salary 39.5%
  12. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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
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