If you’ve recently earned a nursing degree, you’re probably wondering how to structure your nursing credentials. You might be applying for jobs and need it for your resume or for filling out medical documents.
The nursing profession prides itself on decorum and order. Nurses need to clean a wound before sewing stitches. The same applies for listing nursing credentials. You can’t just arrange things randomly. There’s a definite process for ordering your various titles.
In this blog post, we will cover the format for listing credentials.
- In what order should I list my nursing credentials?
- When do I use my nursing credentials?
- What if I have more than one of the same type of credential?
Keep reading to find out more!
In what order should I list my nursing credentials?
According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the industry standard for ordering your credentials is:
Highest degree earned
The reason for this order has to do with permanence. You want to put your degree first because once you’ve earned your nursing degree, it’s yours to keep.
Licensces come after the degree since they are likely to change throughout your nursing career. A license can expire or you can simply choose not to renew them.
State designations or requirements
After licensure, there are state designations and national certifications. State designations include advanced practice nurses like APRN (advanced practice registered nurse), NP (nurse practitioner), and CNS (clinical nurse specialist).
National certifications include awards given through certifying bodies like the ANCC. These include the RN-BC (Registered Nurse-Board Certified) and FNP-BC (Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified). Awards and honors
Following that are awards and honors, which include the FAAN (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing) and FCCM (Fellow of Critical Care Medicine).
If you have more than one type of the same nursing credential, you can list them by relevance to your current practice or the order in which you obtained them.
When do I use my nursing credentials?
This alphabet soup of credentials doesn’t need to come out all the time. There are specific instances that warrant the use of credentials.
It’s essential to put your credentials on any legal or medical documents that you sign. This would include medical charts, prescriptions, and patient records.
Another critical time to use your credentials is when you’re writing for a nursing journal. This is crucial because it shows you’re a subject expert.
What if I have more than one of the same type of credential?
Some nurses have many of the same credentials. To sort this out and not get lost in the weeds, you need to put the highest education degree first. For example, Larry David, Ph.D., MSN.
If your degree happens to be in another relevant field, it may be in your best interest to list it. If you are in executive leadership as a nurse, and have a relevant second degree that’s more advanced than your nursing degree, list it first.
For instance, you have a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL). You would list that first over a BSN. As such, your credential list would look like: Mary Sullivan, MSOL, BSN, RN.
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