The RCN credential is hugely positive for nursing. Patients increasingly want know who they are being treated by and the credential helps provide that reassurance for patients and the public of the skill of the nurse treating them.
If you’re thinking of doing the RCN credential, I’d say go for it! I will definitely wear my badge with pride.
My day to day role is a mix of management and hands-on nursing. I manage a team of advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs) and also work as a clinical nurse practitioner.
The staff on my team are incredibly competent ANPs, but they all have different backgrounds. Some have masters, some the Bachelor of Science (BSc). For me, RCN credentialing was about bringing credibility to the role of the ANP. I'm pleased that the RCN looked at the work of advanced nurses and really understood what an ANP is.
The RCN credential complements the MSc in Clinical Practice I'm doing now. It's different because it looks at competency in four pillars of advanced practice and gives recognition in addition to the master's qualification.
Credentialing was relatively easy, the hardest part for me was the research aspect because I needed to use evidence based practice, but creating the job plan covering the four pillars was easy as it’s something I do in my role most days.
I've been telling other ANPs it's good for credibility and recognition as professionals doing advanced work. It's also good for nurses coming into our profession because it provides a clear pathway.
There is still confusion among professionals and definitely among the public, and the credential gives clarity. I think employers know what standard there is among peers but it can't hurt to have that recognition. People think if you've got a stethoscope, you're a doctor!
If you're thinking of doing the RCN credential, I'd say go for it! I will definitely wear my badge with pride.
It’s something that will help my skills get noticed and ultimately will improve the opportunities available to me in my career