Nursing Nurses ' Perceptions Of Motivators And Barriers For Obtaining The Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse ( Cctn ) Certification

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Specialized nursing care is necessary as patients’ conditions, due to co-morbidities, become more complex. An initiative to encourage registered nurses (RNs) to pursue certifications in their specialty is becoming apparent. Many literatures have evidence supporting the positive impact of national certifications to the professional growth of nurses. Despite foreseeable barriers, many nurses find national certifications valuable to their practice. The purpose of this paper is to explore the transplant nurses ' perceptions of motivators and barriers to obtaining the Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse (CCTN) certification. Problem Statement As a result of a growing evidence that indicates the positive elements associated with having a national certification, there has been an initiative for transplant nurses to acquire a CCTN certification. The problem is that not all nurses who work on a transplant unit see any incentive to pursue a CCTN certification. It is imperative to understand the explanations behind the lack of motivation for acquiring this specialty certification. A resolution could then be created to counteract any challenges associated with this initiative for professional development. Background and Scope of Importance Obtaining a nursing certification is a validation of a nurse’s clinical competency and expertise in a nursing specialty. Extrinsic factors, such as an increase in salary, encourage a nurse to acquire further training and credentials. Personal

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