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Happy Birthday, Nightingale
A special timeline illustrates quite an extraordinary life.
A nod to Nightingale
WHO designates 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
Smooth care transitions matter
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Are you an ethics champion?
You are if you promote three core responsibilities.
If Nightingale were alive today
Veterans? The poor? Read about causes she may have championed.
Certification bolsters career
Earning certification can help your nursing salary surge.
DAISY blooms across the globe
The program continues to make its international mark.
Wound care you need to know
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Letters with lasting impact
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Achieve peace of mind
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The cape comes with the job
RNs can’t leap tall buildings, but they show heroism in other ways.
Two minutes with Florence
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CE: EBP in a clinical setting
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Make sound ethical choices
Do you know the six key ethical principles that guide decisions?
Celebrate education progress
Nurse education requirements are changing to meet patients' needs.
Manage conflict like a pro
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Inspired by Nightingale
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Learning goes beyond school
Communication and leadership can sharpen your nursing prowess.
We celebrate our nurses
Churchill, Twain, Dickens ... Get inspired by our RNs' quote picks.
Nurses and their causes
Nurses are taking the lead as advocates in various settings.
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Don't wait to say 'thanks!'
Weave regular recognition into your goals. Nurses deserve it.
Celebrating is academic
Faculty and students take part in Nurses Week celebrations.
Life as a nurse attorney
Blogger shares why she became a legal advocate for nurses.
Diversity takes center stage
RNs are improving workforce diversity and cultural competence.
A walk down memory lane
Read how Nurses Week was born out of decades of advocacy.
Self-care feeds good ethics
Find out why RNs should prioritize staying healthy.
Are you satisfied?
Nurses reveal whether their jobs are making them happy.
Help human trafficking victims
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Nursing students celebrate, too
Find out how students get inspired on National Student Nurses Day.
Protect your nursing practice
25 legal tools you need to protect your career.
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Things are looking up for certified nurses
Certifications can help your nursing salaries surge
Being able to increase income and future earning potential often is at the forefront when planning one’s career trajectory. For nurses, the path to pay raises and promotions can come from certifications — which hold benefits beyond bigger bank accounts.
It’s no secret certified nurses earn more money,
according to
an article
by Robert G. Hess Jr., PhD, RN, FAAN, CEO and founder of the Forum for Shared Governance.
Hess cites results from our
2018 Nursing Salary Research Report
showing certified nurses’ base salaries alone are greater than those of nurses who are not certified. In addition, many organizations pay for certification preparation exams and test fees, and they reward nurses with hourly certification differential pay, he said. Other benefits of certification include boosted confidence in the workplace, along with respect from colleagues, increased professional opportunities and better marketability and employability in the job market. Hess points out the results of a survey which demonstrated that
90% of nurse managers
would hire a certified nurse over a non-certified nurse, if everything else were equal. “Your organization culture itself may not support certification,” Hess said. “But that lack of advocacy is hard to sustain in the face of past and revised guidelines for the most current 2019 Magnet and 2016 Pathways to Excellence criteria that mandate continuous professional development that includes certification. You easily could become a certification champion in your place of employment — and that only can enhance your future career.”
You easily could become a certification champion in your place of employment — and that only can enhance your future career.”
— Robert G. Hess Jr., RN

Close the gap
Jennifer Mensik, PhD, RN, FAAN, also discussed the positive impacts on salary of becoming certified in her article,
“Can nursing certification help close the gender pay gap?”
. With data from our salary research report showing men make more money than women, many nurses want to know why, she said. What the report found was although men had a shorter tenure in nursing yet made about $6,000 more than women, certification could close the gender wage gap. Mensik highlights numbers from the report showing certified male nurses earning an average salary of $81,672 and certified female nurses an average salary of $80,420. Without certification, men earned an average salary of $78,342 while women earned an average salary of $68,227. “Certification helps to close the salary gap for women in nursing,” Mensik said. “But why is there a pay gap in nursing? I still can’t answer that for you, and there is a lot of stipulation out there. I still am venturing to say there is an unconscious bias that influences offering pay regardless of human resource controls.” Certification ranks high in the article
"10 tips for a successful nursing career in 2018"
. The list, authored by Hess, offers valuable advice with assessing plans for further education, including earning certifications, ranked No. 4. “Look for obvious holes in your education and find ways to fill them,” Hess said. “For example, have you been thinking about, but avoiding, a certification exam in your specialty? Maybe this is the year you prepare by completing a certification review course. Your education doesn’t need to be a looming, formal, academic program. Your learning should be ongoing, as in continuing education, and fun.”
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