Depending on your specialty, you may be required to have specific certifications, but what additional certifications can help you advance your career, increase your earning power, and create new career options for you as a travel nurse.
Validate Your Competency and Increase Your Earning Potential
Why are certifications so important you ask. Certifications validate a nurses competency and proficiency in their nursing specialty. Certifications allow nurses to advance in both their careers and earning potential. The first step is understanding what certifications are necessary for your current position. What’s required for a particular specialty can vary based on the facility or the assignment, but the most specialties have certain basic requirements in common. Next, is to understand what additional certifications or desired for your specialty and what certifications will help you advance in your career and provide you with greater career opportunity.
What are the Best Nursing Certifications for a Travel Nurse
Use our RN Certification Guide below to assist you with determining what’s commonly required, recommended and desired by most facilities across the country. It’s important to confirm specific facility requirements with your Recruiter, as they do vary and can frequently be updated and/or change.
|Nursing Specialty||Required Certifications||Recommended Certifications||Desired Certifications|
|Case Management||BLS||ACLS, CCM or ACM|
|Cath Lab||BLS, ACLS||NIHSS||RCIS, CCRN|
|Certified Surgical Technologist||BLS, (NBSTSA – Preferred) NCCI||CST-FA|
|Critical Care / Intensive Care (ICU)||BLS, ACLS||CCRN, TNCC, NIHSS||PALS, CPI|
|Cardiovascular ICU||BLS, ACLS||CCRN, NIHSS||IABP, CRRT|
|Dialysis||BLS, ACLS||NIHSS||RN-BC, CGRN, CHN, CNN|
|Emergency Department||BLS, ACLS, PALS||TNCC, NIHSS||CEN, CPI, ATLS, CCRN, ENPC, MAB, ATCN, TCRN, CFRN, CPEN, S.A.N.E.|
|Gastroenterology / Endoscopy (GI / Endo RN)||BLS, ACLS||PALS, NIHSS||CGRN, CPAN, CAPA|
|Interventional Radiology||BLS, ACLS||PALS, NIHSS||CPAN, CAPA, RNCB|
|Labor and Delivery||BLS, NRP, ACLS,FHM||AWHONN-INT, AWHONN-ADV||S.T.A.B.L.E|
|Medical Surgical (Med-Surg RN)||BLS||ACLS, NIHSS||PALS, NIHSS, RN-BC, CMSRN, CCCTM, WOCN|
|Neonatal ICU||BLS, NRP||PALS, ACLS||S.T.A.B.L.E., NCC|
|Oncology||BLS||ACLS, OCN, NIHSS||APHON, CPHON, AOCN, AOCNP, BMTCN, CPON, AOCNS|
|Operating Room (RN)||BLS, ACLS||PALS, NIHSS||CNOR, CRNFA, CPAN, CAPN|
|Pediatrics||BLS, PALS||ACLS, CPN||NRP, ENPC, APHON, PEARS|
|Pediatric Emergency Department||BLS, ACLS, PALS||TNCC, NRP||CCRN, PEARS, ENPC|
|Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU RN)||BLS, PALS||ACLS||CCRN, PEARS, ENPC, TNCC, NRP|
|Pediatric Operating Room||BLS, PALS||ACLS||CNOR|
|Pediatric Telemetry||BLS, PALS||ACLS, CPN||NRP, ENPC, APHON, PEARS|
|Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU RN)||BLS, ACLS||PALS, NIHSS||CNOR, CPAN, CAPA|
|Telemetry||BLS, ACLS||NIHSS||PALS, RN-BC, PCCN, CRNI, PICC|
What are Recommended or Desired Certifications?
Advanced nursing certifications demonstrate that a nurse has acquired additional knowledge, skills, and expertise in a specialty area. It shows a nurse’s commitment to be a lifelong learner and to being an expert in their field. Nurses with advanced certifications are typically more confident and act as role models for other nurses and healthcare professionals.
Earning advanced certifications raises your credibility and gives you an edge when competing for higher nursing positions which can increase your salary and career advancement.