Certified Nurses and Certified Advanced Practice Nurses. . .
*have gone beyond licensure by validating their specialty knowledge and skills through a rigorous national examination
*are clinical experts who are dedicated to providing the most up-to-date, evidenced based care
*maintain their commitment to excellence in patient care through specialized continuing education
*are unique professionals that have made the commitment to life-long learning, patient advocacy and professional practice
*reassess their specialty knowledge throughout their career as part of their commitment to continuing competency
*are an asset to the field of nursing – their certification documents their dedication to quality, evidenced-based, clinical care
*meet and exceed the nationally recognized standards of proficiency and professionalism
Certified nurses are everywhere…in orthopaedics and just about every area of specialized care.
ONCB is participating in “Certified Nurses are Everywhere,” a national campaign to increase consumers’ knowledge about the role of certified nurses in their health care. Learn more at the campaign web site.
Consumers and Certification
As a member of the American Board of Nursing Specialties, ONCB believes the major goal of specialty nursing certification is to improve patient outcomes and promote the safety of health care consumers.
Organizations such as The Joint Commission, the National Quality Forum, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services establish standards of practice and promote evidence-based guidelines that also improve outcomes and promote safety. ONCB urges health care consumers to be knowledgeable regarding the quality efforts of these agencies.
Information can be found on the organizational Web site:
The Joint Commission – National Patient Safety Goals
National Quality Forum – NQF-Endorsed Standards
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – Evidence-Based Practice
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – Process of Care Measures
ONCB members are interested in consumer feedback on nursing care provided by the board’s certificants. What was your experience as a health care consumer with an ONC, ONP-C, or OCNS-C certificant? Click here to contact ONCB.