Professional Nursing Certification
Nursing certification represents excellence in a professional organization and it demonstrates nurses' commitment to advancing their knowledge and skillsets. Evidence shows that patients have better outcomes if the nursing staff has specialty certifications. In 2015, Cedars-Sinai set a goal to increase professional nursing certification rates to 80% by 2020.
Our Professional Goals Achieved
Cedars-Sinai's original goal—set in the Nursing Strategic Plan for fiscal year (FY)2010–FY2015—was that 50% of eligible clinical nurses would obtain a specialty certification by 2015. After we surpassed the goal of 50% by FY2015, Cedars-Sinai's Nursing Strategic Plan for FY2016–FY2020 raised the goal to 80% by the end of FY2017. Today, 81% of eligible nurses are now certified.
We not only met our goal on schedule but surpassed it!
The fiscal year at Cedars-Sinai goes from July 1 to June 30. Dates reflect the calendar year in which the fiscal year ends (i.e., the end of FY2017 means June 2017).
Nurses with a Specialty Certification
Every March, Cedars-Sinai celebrates Certified Nurses Day to recognize the nurses who achieve nursing certification and their commitment to nursing excellence. All nurses with specialty certification, as well as those who are interested in obtaining one, are invited to celebrate and learn about the specialty certifications available. Cedars-Sinai nurses create posters and set up tables with information on their specialty certification to encourage other nurses to join them. There are snacks, cake and a gift before and after the morning shift change for those nurses with specialty certification.