Abstract Specialty nursing certification is a recognized option for validating advanced competency and knowledge in a specific area of nursing practice. The American Nurses Credential Center Magnet recognizes organizations that promote certification as a component of professional nursing practice. Barriers may prevent nurses from achieving specialty certification. Despite the increasing acceptance of the importance of specialty certification, very little information about what may deter nurses, working in the ambulatory setting, from pursuing certification existed. The purpose of this qualitative research study was to identify the barriers that dissuade nurses, with three or more years of ambulatory experience, from pursuing certification. Understanding and addressing these phenomena could result in developing a successful preparatory certification program. A successful preparatory educational program could increase nursing certification rates. Utilizing a non-probability purposive sampling strategy, eight registered nurses participated in audio-recorded, semi-structured interviews asking open ended questions, in an effort to gain insight into their experiences with certification. The study participants came from a larger population of nurses with three years or more of experience working in an ambulatory setting. Conceptual requirements, not representativeness, determined the study sample. The study participants identified four key barriers to achieving certification, including: (a) lack of time to prepare for the certification examination, (b) a fear of failure, (c) a lack of support and recognition from the employing healthcare organization, and (d) a lack of perceived relevance to nursing practice. Addressing these barriers could result in the development of a successful educational certification program.
|School:||University of Mount Olive|
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||MAI 82/9(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||ambulatory, barriers, certification, nursing, professional|
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