The Certified Nurse demonstrates the knowledge, skill and attitude associated with outstanding patient care. UCLA Health and the Department of Nursing are committed to supporting all nurses to achieve their specialty certification through various methods of educational and financial support.
What is certification?
- Evidence of a nurse's ability to provide excellent care beyond the scope of basic RN licensure
- Demonstrated by passing a standardized, national exam
- Specialty specific
- Identified by credentials (e.g. RN-BC, CCRN, CEN, OCN, etc.)
- Awarded by the relevant national nursing professional organization (e.g. ANCC, AACN, BCEN, ONS, etc.)
Why do nurses get certified?
- To improve patient outcomes
- Professional development and personal growth
- Highlight mastery of specialized skills for patient care
What resources can UCLA offer me?
- Access to various Certification Review Courses
- Financial support for exam fees and study material (restrictions apply)
- Salary differentials (for some UCLA employees)
- For a personalized list of available resources, Certification Pathway
For Questions, Contact:
Kathleen Feldman, MSN, RN-BC
Nursing Professional Development Specialist
Center for Nursing Excellence