We conducted this study to determine the perceived value of certification in perioperative nursing. Following development and pilot-testing, we mailed the 18-item Likert-type instrument, the Perceived Value of Certification Tool (PVCT), to a sample of 2750 perioperative nurses who had earned the CNOR or CRNFA credential or both. A total of 1398 surveys were returned (50.8% response rate). Factor analysis extracted three factors, accounting for 61% of the variance: personal value, recognition by others, and professional practice. Internal consistency reliability testing (Cronbach's α) identified a standardized α of .924. Over 90% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with statements about the value of certification related to feelings of personal accomplishment and satisfaction, validating specialized knowledge, indicating professional growth, attainment of a practice standard, personal challenge, and professional commitment, challenge, and credibility. These results are consistent with previously published literature on specialty certification in nursing.
Gaberson, Kathleen B.; Schroeter, Kathryn; Killen, Aileen R.; and Valentine, Wendelny A., "The Perceived Value of Certification by Certified Perioperative Nurses" (2003). College of Nursing Faculty Research and Publications. 692.
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Accepted version. Nursing Outlook, Vol. 51, No. 6 (December 2003): 272-276. DOI. © 2003 Elsevier. Used with permission.