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J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2004 Oct-Dec;9(4):113-22.

Clinical and professional role development among experienced pediatric nurses: the pediatric medical nursing certificate program.

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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA, USA. jakubik@email.chop.edu

Abstract

ISSUES AND PURPOSE:

The development of a multiunit-based certificate program to promote retention by increasing experienced pediatric nurses' knowledge, skills, and professional role development through a blend of didactic, clinical, and mentoring components.

CONCLUSIONS:

The certificate group demonstrated an increase in knowledge and skill, advanced leadership role acquisition, promotion, certification, and graduate school matriculation, and achieved a 95% retention rate within the organization.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

With support from management and multidisciplinary team members, a certificate program like this can be implemented in a variety of settings and specialties.

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