We've mentioned nursing specialties on here a
few times, so I just wanted to clarify
what those actually are.
After you have been working in any
particular area for a few years, you will be
eligible to sit for a specialty
certification exam, basically saying that you
are very good at that kind of nursing.
You will usually attend a review course for
this and do practice questions and the
whole nine yards.
And if you do get your certification, some
hospitals will give you, like, a small
raise or let you climb, like, the "clinical
Which basically means you get a small raise
at some point in the future
if you jump through this hoop and maybe a
Specialty certification, the whole purpose of
it is it kind of it looks awesome
on a resume, and it gets you involved with
other people in your specialty.
And this is particularly help you if you
want to join like a local association for
other people in that specialty.
It also advances your learning and knowledge
in your specialty area of choice and gives
you more fancy letters to add to the end of
your name, basically making you more of a
leader in that space.
If you aren't feeling like doing the
certification thing, you can also learn more
about your chosen area of nursing by joining
nursing societies, attending
conferences to network, and you can also get
involved on your unit based
committees. And that's something that can
kind of incorporate furthering your
knowledge without having to take more tests
There are a lot of different ways to advance
your knowledge and just your career in
general without going back to grad school.
But if you are curious about grad school, we
will finish up this course by
talking about that in the next playlist.