Predictors of specialty certification among paediatric hospital nurses.

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McCabe: 0000-0003-1322-0662


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Journal of clinical nursing

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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To evaluate differences in hospitals' proportion of specialty certified nurses and to determine whether and to what extent individual nurse characteristics and organisational hospital characteristics are associated with a nurse's likelihood of having specialty certification.

BACKGROUND: Prior research has shown that patients in hospitals with high proportions of specialty certified nurses have better outcomes including lower mortality and fewer adverse events, yet less is known about what motivates nurses to obtain specialty certification.

METHODS AND DESIGN: Cross-sectional study of paediatric nurses in 119 acute care hospitals. Multivariate logistic regression models were used to determine the association between individual nurse characteristics, organisational hospital characteristics and an individual nurses' likelihood of holding a specialty certification. STROBE was followed.

RESULTS: The proportion of certified nurses varies substantially among hospitals, with Magnet

CONCLUSIONS: While individual attributes of the nurse were associated with a nurse's likelihood of having a specialty certification, the strongest predictors of certification were modifiable attributes of the hospital-a favourable nurse work environment and Magnet

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Hospital administrators seeking to increase the proportion of specialty certified nurses in their organisation should look to improvements in the organisation's nurse work environment as a possible mechanism.



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