You know, I almost didn’t add that gaudy list of credentials to the post about my issues with the Army Reserves. All of my professional accomplishments have been influenced by my Army experiences in a very positive way and I wanted to give credit where credit is due.
It is funny. When I was at UPenn, I used to laugh at the pretentiousness of the presenters when their title screen had all of their e-i-e-i-o behind their name. I am almost embarrassed about mine to the point that I rarely use it. I am very satisfied with using Emily, NP and leaving it at that.
For those of you who have considered taking a certification exam–please do. The tests are challenging, but there is a sense of pride that goes with obtaining them. It is outside validation that you do have expertise in your chosen field of nursing. Nursing is a profession, not a job. We should strive to always get better, learn more, and advance our specialties.