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.
Compared with noncertified nurses, certified nurses reported:
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.Read More >>