Clinical and professional role development among experienced pediatric nurses: the pediatric medical nursing certificate program

J Spec Pediatr Nurs. Oct-Dec 2004;9(4):113-22. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2004.00113.x.


Issues and purpose: The development of a multiunit-based certificate program to promote retention by increasing experienced pediatric nurses' knowledge, skills, and professional role development through a blend of didactic, clinical, and mentoring components.

Conclusions: The certificate group demonstrated an increase in knowledge and skill, advanced leadership role acquisition, promotion, certification, and graduate school matriculation, and achieved a 95% retention rate within the organization.

Practice implications: With support from management and multidisciplinary team members, a certificate program like this can be implemented in a variety of settings and specialties.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Certification*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Mentors
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Nurses / supply & distribution
  • Pediatric Nursing / education*
  • Philadelphia
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation / methods
  • Staff Development*