Specialty LVN Certifications

LVN Certifications
In our article about LVN salary, we briefly mentioned that there is a sure-fire way to help improve your pay by earning one of the LVN certifications. As you probably already have seen, the healthcare industry has turned from general practitioners to more specialist care to provide better services. By becoming an LVN certified specialist, you could be opening up new employment opportunities or maybe higher wages than what a generalist LVN would normally see.

In this article we will be discussing LVN certifications from the advantages of having them to the different types that you can earn. In our opinion, LVN certifications are an excellent way to set yourself apart from other vocational nurses. It also gives you the option to work in a segment of healthcare that best interests you.

Granted that you may not necessarily be thinking about LVN certifications early in your career. And talking with current LVN certified specialists, we agree that it might be best to wait until you gain more experience working in the general population. This way you will still be able to gain the important experience but also you will be able to use what you have learned in general practice to be able to focus on your specialty area.

If you still have questions after finishing this article about LVN certifications, you can contact us at any time. We look forward to answering any other questions you may have or to help point you in the right direction. You can email us directly at VNOStaff@vocationalnursingonline.net.

What Are LVN Certifications?

Basically LVN certifications are awards given to those who have taken the extra steps in training to specialize in certain aspects of healthcare. Vocational nurses who have earned specialized certifications are given the opportunity to perform a broader range of direct patient care procedures than typically listed on the LVN job description. Most of these added procedures are related more to areas of emergency care.

The tabs below will give you some more information about LVN certifications. The first tab discusses advantages to earning these certifications. The second tab will give you a list of the LVN certifications. Click on each tab to learn more.

Are LVN Certifications a Good Idea?What Kinds of Certifications Are There?

Why Should You Consider Earning LVN Certifications?

We’ve already mentioned that one of the biggest reasons to earn your LVN certifications is that it can definitely boost your paycheck. But there are other reasons or advantages to earning one or more of these certifications. The top four reasons besides increased salary are listed below:

  • Healthcare employers are placing a premium on LVNs who can aid patients in an emergency
  • Specialists tend to be more marketable when it comes for finding employment
  • You specialize in certain niches that best appeal to you and your interests
  • Certifications gives you a greater range of practice and responsibilities
Add in the potential increase in salary and you can see that LVN certifications can seriously boost your career over your regular licensing. In our opinion, the demand for certified specialists will continue to grow as the healthcare industry increases the importance on niche care. You don’t want to be the last one at the proverbial ball by waiting too long but you also need to make sure you have enough of the experience as a general LVN first.

Types of Certifications

Currently there slightly over 20 different types of LVN certifications available. Certifications are usually earned by taking training classes and passing the exam. The chart below will cover the major LVN Certifications that you should consider.

Types of Specialty LVN Certifications
Title Governing Body Certification Description
Advanced Cardiac Life
Support (ACLS)
American Heart Association Certified to respond to cases of heart-related
emergencies such as cardiac arrest
Basic Life Support (BLS) American Heart Association Certified to begin resuscitation processes including
the use Automated External Defibrillator in cases of
life-threatening situations
Case Management (CCM) Commission for Case Manager
Certification (CCMC)
Certification necessary to become a professional
case manager
Certified Clinical Research
Associates (CRA)
Association of Clinical Research
Professionals (ACRP)
Typically required in order to work and assist in
clinical research
Certified Clinical Research
Coordinator (CRC)
Association of Clinical Research
Professionals (ACRP)
Higher certification than the CRA and able to formulate
and execute clinical tests and research
Certified Correctional Health
Professional (CCHP)
National Commission on Correctional
Health Care (NCCHC)
Generally required to work in a correctional workplace
setting and providing healthcare assistance
Certified Hemodialysis Nurse
Board of Nephrology Examiners
Nursing and Technology (BONENT)
Certified to work in nephrology care such as hemodialysis
Certified Hospice and Palliative
Licensed Nurse (CHPLN)
National Board for Certification of
Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN)
Certified provides proof of training in areas of end-of-life care
Certified Peritoneal Dialysis
Nurse (CPDN)
Board of Nephrology Examiners
Nursing and Technology (BONENT)
Certified to work in nephrology specifically peritoneal dialysis
Developmental Disabilities (DDC) Developmental Disabilities Nurses
Association (DDNA)
Specialist certification to work with those who have mental
or developmental disabilities in home care or long-term
care facilities
Gerontology (GC) National Association for Practical Nurse
Education and Service (NAPNES)
Very popular certification for the specialization of caring
for the elderly
Certified Professional in
Healthcare Quality (CPHQ)
National Association for Healthcare
Quality (NAHQ)
Certification to work in healthcare quality management
IV Certification Board of vocational Nursing and
Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT)

or the National Federation of
Licensed Practical Nurses (NFLPN)
Another popular certification and allows for LVN to work in
the area of intravenous therapy
Long-Term Care (LTC) National Association for Practical Nurse
Education and Service (NAPNES)
Necessary certification for those working in long-term care
Pediatric Advanced Life
Support (PALS)
American Heart Association Healthcare provider certification to respond to emergency
situations for infants and children in emergency response,
emergency medicine, critical care and ICU
Pharmacology (NCP) National Association for Practical Nurse
Education and Service (NAPNES)
Certification that allows LVN to have specific responsibilities
in the field of pharmacology
Registered Cardiovascular
Invasive Specialist (RCIS)
Cardiovascular Credentialing International
Training certification for those looking to work with cardiac
surgeons and cardiologists
Certified Clinical Transplant
Coordinator (CCTC)
American Board for Transplant Certification
Formal credentials to assist in aspects of the transplantation
process including after-care
Certified Procurement
Transplant Coordinator
American Board for Transplant Certification
Preferred credentials to work in the areas of promoting and
education for organ donations, may also help work in organ
distribution finding the best matches
Certified Urologic Associate
Certification Board for Urology Nurses and
Associates (CBUNA)
Necessary certification to provide assistance and care in the
field of urology
Wound Care Certification
National Alliance of Wound Care (NAWC) Specialist credentials to work in cleaning and treatment of
all types of wounds

Now What Do You Do?

In this article we have covered LVN certifications including what they are, the advantages they can give you and a list of the different types. As you can see, it is a lot of information that you should spend some time considering before you jump headlong in to it. We cannot stress enough that it is important that you gain some experience as a general LVN before training for a specialist certification.

Working a few years as a general LVN should give you a well-rounded perception of what the total job entails and gives you enough experience to make the right decision. We highly recommend that you talk to current certified specialists to get a greater understanding of their specialty duties. This can give you an idea which LVN certifications is the best one for you and your career.

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