Registered Nurses and New Grads: Increase Your Value with Advanced Certifications and Credentials
Although there is technically a nursing shortage, that doesn’t mean there isn’t lots of competition out there for travel nursing jobs. The best way in increase your competitive edge is to add to your skill set and experience level. Basic qualifications such as BLS, ACLS, PALS and TNCC are not enough anymore to land the best RN jobs.
“Hospitals are looking for candidates with the most up-to-date and advanced certifications,” notes Deborah Bacurin, RN, clinical resource manager at American Traveler.
By pursuing advanced nursing training by earning additional credentials and certifications, you are proving yourself as a motivated individual who cares about keeping on top of the latest trends and education – and therefore, a top candidate for American Traveler’s travel nursing jobs.
This goes double for new grads and nursing students, who are finding that it is somewhat difficult to find the ideal job right out of school with basic nursing skills. Get as many certifications and credentials as you can, as soon as possible, advises Bacurin.
Also, do not expect the employer to reimburse you for this nursing job training (although it never hurts to ask!); view these credentials as prerequisites for top RN jobs. The more certifications the better – and the more advanced, the better.
Here are Bacurin’s suggestions for certifications in their specialty that RNs should pursue:
- ED: PALS, NRP, ENPC, TNCC, CATN, CEN
- Critical Care: PALS, NRP, TNCC, CCRN
- Tele: PALS, TNCC
- Peds: NRP, PALS, ACLS
- M/S: ACLS, PALS, TNCC
For those looking to change nursing-job specialties or increase your skills:
- M/S to Tele, ED or ICU: Go for the trauma certifications (TNCC, CATN); plus advanced-life support certs such as ACLS or PALS
- L&D or M/B: Go for AWHHON, NRP or S.T.A.B.L.E.
For more information on these and other licenses and education programs, see our Nursing Professional Resources page; also, you can always discuss your options with your American Traveler consultant.
Meanwhile, share your nursing-training experiences with fellow travelers. What certifications and credentials have you found to be most valuable in advancing your travel nursing career?