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Real Value of Seeking Credentialing Lies in the Journey

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, January 24, 2012

Catholic Medical Center is about a year and a half into the process, and already, it has established shared decision-making and developed a professional practice model. It is in the process of promoting leadership, certification, and professional development among its nurses, says Administrative Director of Nursing Jennifer L. Torosian, RN, MSN, NE-BC.

"Whether we achieve the [MRP] certification or not, the components of [MRP] set a really good foundation for the profession of nursing," Torosian tells HealthLeaders.

For example, because MRP emphasizes professional certifications, the hospital started reimbursing nurses for obtaining certification, which the hospital thought would remove "98% of the barriers," Sheff says.

But when reimbursement alone didn't boost certifications the way nurse leaders expected, more subtle barriers came to light. The hospital found  that nurses were afraid they wouldn't have enough time to study; that they were unsure about what they wanted to become certified in; and that some weren't aware of how to become certified in the first place.

"We're now looking at the potential of offering onsite courses," Sheff says.

For Torosian and Sheff, the process for MRP certification has already been worth it for them because it gives their nurses a stronger voice and greater autonomy over their practice.

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pacunurse2216 (1/30/2012 at 5:20 PM)
I think the arguments from both sides are good but, regarding leadership and judgement of the working force have either of those nurses worked in the capacity of a staff nurse? Remember in order to be a good leader, we must be able to walk the talk. Is the analysis of your staff subject to any researcher bias? No disrespect intended, just a thought.