January 9, 2020

Study supports value of nurses with specialty certifications

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

In this study, specialty certification was associated with greater professional identity in ICU nurses and higher perceptions of knowledge of and value in evidence-based practices, whereas education level was not.

Of 268 respondents from six hospitals and 12 adult ICUs in an integrated health system, 71% had a bachelor of science degree or higher, and 26% had critical care certification.


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Compared with noncertified nurses, certified nurses reported:

  • greater knowledge of spontaneous breathing trials (4.6 vs 4.4 on a 5-point scale) and long-protective ventilation (4.2 vs 3.9)
  • significantly higher self-efficacy (4.5 vs 4.3) and role clarity (4.4 vs 4.2)
  • greater perceived value in specific practices (daily interruption of sedation [odds ratio 2.5] and lung-protective ventilation [odds ratio 1.9]).

Education level was not linked with greater knowledge of or perceived value in evidence-based practices.

Supporting specialty certification in nurses is a good way to help with the adoption of evidence-based practices as a means to improve quality of care and should be evaluated further, the researchers say.

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