Pediatric nurse certification is a good start to boost your career. Currently there are two most popular certifications available for pediatric nurses, coming from two different organizations. The first is the Certified Pediatric Nurse Exam from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and Registered Nurse – Board Certified Exam from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
As we have mentioned earlier, the CPN exam is held by the most respected and reputable Pediatric Nursing Certification Board organization, which was established back in 1989. They have a long history of creating a new standard of excellence for the profession, and they have done it excellently over the years.
The PNCB CPN exam eligibility is determined by two main requirements, which includes Licensure Requirements and Experience Requirements. In essence, in order to be eligible for the examination you have to be an active Registered Nurse at the time of registration. Moreover, the CPN Exam requires you to have at least 1800 hours of pediatric nursing experience over the last two years. You should remember that the experience should be well-documented, and they should be done within the United States, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana, or Canada region.
The PNCB CPN exam fees system are pretty unique. This organization encourages employers to have their pediatric nurses certified by creating a no pass no pay policy. This means that the pediatric nurses can take the exam without financial risk whatsoever. For individual test, the fee is about $295, which includes $100 non-refundable cost.
Meanwhile the Registered Nurse – Board Certification Exam from ANCC eligibility has broader scope compared to the PNCB CPN exam. In order to be eligible, the pediatric nurse should be an active Registered Nurse from United States or professionals and legally recognized international nurses. Another requirement is to have worked as registered nurse for at least 2 years, and 2,000 hours of experience in pediatric nursing specialty within the last three years. You should also have completed 30 hours of continuing education in pediatric nursing within the last three years.
The RN-BC exam from ANCC fees has two platforms. The American Nurses Association members pay $270, while non-members pay $395. This cost includes a $140 non-refundable cost, and international nurses may be charged a bit more than the standard fee.
The crucial difference between PNCB CPN and RN-BC from ANCC is the pediatric nurse certification validity duration. The Pediatric Nurse Certification Board CPN credential is valid for one year, while the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s RN-BC credential is valid for five years. In general, recertification in both organizations is fairly simple. You still have to take the exam to ensure the excellent quality, and the exam price is lower than the original cost.
Benefits of Taking Pediatric Nurse Certification
Getting certified is very important for your career. A certified pediatric nurse will have enhanced career options compared to the regular pediatric nurse, because certification means that you have proven your skills in pediatric nursing. Moreover, it is not uncommon that a certified pediatric nurse has higher fees compared to the regular nurses. You are also allowed to use the trademarked credentials (CPN or RN-BC) and get more respect and trust from your patients.