- As healthcare has become more complex, it is increasingly vital to assure the public that healthcare professionals are competent. Individual State Registered Nurses (RN) licensure measures entry-level competence only; and, in so doing, provides legal authority for an individual to practice nursing. It is the minimal professional practice standard.
- Certification, on the other hand, is a formal recognition that validates knowledge, experience, skills and clinical judgement within a specific nursing specialty; and, as such, is reflective of a more stringent professional practice standard. It reflects achievement of proficiency beyond basic licensure.
- The CNLCP® Certification Board is a separately incorporated entity that facilitates consumer health and safety through credentialing/certification of nurse life care planners. It ensures that their practice is consistent with established standards of excellence in the development and defense of the life care planning document.
- Similar to consumers knowing to seek out certification status within other professions (e.g., pharmacists, attorneys), certification within the field of nurse life care planning has become an important indicator that a certified nurse is not only licensed by their State to practice nursing, but is one who is qualified, competent and has met rigorous requirements in the achievement of the CNLCP® credential.
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Get in touch with the CNLCP® Certification Board and inquire how becoming a Certified Nurse Life Care Planner can take your nursing career in a new direction.