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Certifications have dogged my career like a puppy in a box, waiting to be discovered.
As a new critical care supervisor, I decided to certify as a CCRN. I studied mightily and passed this test with all staff eyes upon me because none of the nurses in the hospital had this credential, but they knew it loomed in their futures.
At my next leadership position, I was the sole certified critical care nurse in my division, where I begged, preached and persuaded nurses to sit for the certifying exam.
One by one, they started studying and passing, including the day and night charge nurses who initially had negative things to say about taking the test — and about me, by association. But ultimately, and to their delight, they too eventually became CCRNs.