CNPE Position Statement Review: Credentials for the Professional Nurse: Determining a Standard Order of Credentials for the Professional Nurse

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06/11/09
The American Nurses Association (ANA) Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics (CNPE) is seeking comments on the following position statement: Credentials for the Professional Nurse: Determining a Standard Order of Credentials for the Professional Nurse which states "In the nursing profession, the use of credentials is an essential component to designate levels of attained education and licensure, certification, and professional achievement. The listing of credentials when identifying a nurse ensures credibility and competence to the consumers of nursing care. Standardized use strengthens a unified understanding of credentials among nurses, within the healthcare delivery system, and for healthcare consumers. In an effort to establish a recognizable and understandable credential usage process across all spectrums of nursing, the following order of credentials is recommended: Highest earned degree, mandated requirements (i.e. licensure), state designations or requirements, national certifications, awards and honors, other certifications."

If you are interested in participating in this review, download the Position Statement below and provide your comments to ANA staff member Katie Brewer, Katie.Brewer@ana.org, via e-mail by 5:00pm EDT on August 8, 2009.

CNPE appreciates your assistance with reviewing this Position Statement.

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