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J Contin Educ Nurs. 2011 Sep;42(9):421-32. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20110516-01. Epub 2011 May 23.

Perceived value of national certification for pediatric nurses.

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  • 1Miami Dade College, Miami, FL, USA.



This study evaluated whether pediatric nurses who were certified valued national certifications to a greater degree than those who were not certified.


The Gaberson, Schroeter, Killen, and Valentine (2003) Perceived Value of Certification Tool (PVCT) was used to measure nurses' perceptions of certification. The PVCT includes 18 certification-related value statements, using a five-point Likert scale response ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree. A principal factor analysis was performed to identify clusters of related variables.


Certified pediatric nurses valued national certifications to a greater degree than those who were not certified. More favorable views of certification were moderately associated with favorable views of the effects of certification on salary. The PVCT was found to have one factor, not two, as previously reported in the literature. Lower perceived relationships were reported between certification and salary, clinical competence, and consumer confidence compared with feelings of professionalism and personal satisfaction.


Efforts to improve the relationship between certification and its perceived value at one institution were addressed. More attention may be needed to strengthen relationships, perceived or otherwise, between certification and competency skills, public awareness, and compensation of nurses for holding national certification.

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