Even though there is a nationwide workforce shortage, the best nursing jobs go to those who are the most qualified. That’s why Mary Kay Hull, Vice President of Recruitment at American Traveler Staffing Professionals suggests that all healthcare professionals enhance their qualifications with advanced and specialty registered nurse certifications.
“Healthcare facilities hold highly-educated RN travel nurses in high esteem. Advanced certifications are starting to become the norm at many leading hospitals. It can help put nurses on the fast track to career advancement leading to higher pay and improved job satisfaction.” said Mary Kay Hull
There are an estimated 25,500 RNs working travel nursing jobs in the United States and the advantages for obtaining advanced certifications are different for every healthcare practitioner. Individual motivation may be:
Whatever your motivation for pursuing higher education, there are a number of choices to achieve your goals. We’ve listed a few credentialing organizations below that can help get you started. A detailed list of RN continuing education resources can be found on the American Traveler website.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (AACC), a division of the ANA, has certified more than 250,000 nurses since its launch in 1991. The program is recognized by all individual state boards of nursing as well as the United States military. The ANCC offers certification for nurses, nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses in more than 25 specialties.
American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), designed specifically for critical care nurses, offers an AACN credential for qualified nurses. AACN credentials are renewable after three years.
Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) offers a TNCC designation in trauma care. The purpose of TNCC is to “present core-level knowledge, refine skills, and build a firm foundation” for the different roles nurses have in caring for trauma patients.
The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) offers 1-day course for Advanced Fetal Monitoring certification.
Amy Roll, an experienced Consultant at American Traveler, advises all travel nurses to complete the American Heart Association’s stroke training program. Many hospitals require healthcare professionals to complete stroke training prior to hiring, especially stroke certified hospitals. It takes just 2 hours to complete and may help move hiring candidates to the top of the shortlist.
Says Roll, “We strongly believe that our travel nurses continue their education and we back that up by offering unlimited free CEU credits to our travel nurses and travel therapists on assignment as part of their benefit package.”
Visit the American Traveler Resource Center for a more comprehensive listing of continuing education opportunities.