Title of Thesis/SIP
Date of Completion of Thesis/SIP
Scholarly Inquiry Paper (SIP)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Dr. Sandra Paddock, DNP, APRN, CNP, CNE, CME, PHN
Healthcare organizations are charged with controlling rising costs, integrating services, and improving the quality of care. This Scholarly Inquiry Project has led to a closer look at the impact nurses have on patient care outcomes. Little research correlates specialty nurse certification with patient outcomes, even though certification is the hallmark of excellence in clinical nursing practice. Qualitative data validates that nurses who attain specialty certification report feeling more empowered, having additional innate worth, and more collaborative influence. Despite the robust subjective evidence, limited data exist to demonstrate the objective benefits of specialty certification on patient outcomes. The purpose of this project is to explore the impact of certified nurses in acute care hospitals on patient outcomes. The Nursing Intellectual Capital model guided this project as it supports the combination of nursing human capital characteristics (academic preparation, specialty certification, and experience), which are linked with improved quality patient care. Overall, the literature revealed limited and inadequate evidence for nurse-sensitive outcomes. A potential exists for nurse certification to improve nurse-sensitive patient outcomes; however, future research must account for variations in measurement tools, patient outcomes, and the different types of certifications. Identifying how specialty nurse certification impacts nurse-sensitive patient outcomes is critical for healthcare administrators who determine the potential return on investment for potentially providing reimbursement of specialty certification costs for nurses.
Oss, Julie, "The Relationship Between Professional Nurse Certification and Nurse-Sensitive Patient Outcomes in the Acute Care Setting: An Integrative Literature Review" (2020). Nursing Masters Papers. 390.
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