Complete List of Common Nursing Certifications

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A-GNP Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
AACRN Advanced HIV/AIDS Certified Registered Nurse
ACCNS-AG Clinical Nurse Specialist; Wellness through Acute Care (Adult-Gerontology)
ACCNS-N Clinical Nurse Specialist; Wellness through Acute Care (Neonatal)
ACCNS-P Clinical Nurse Specialist, Wellness through Acute Care (Pediatric)
ACHPN Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse
ACNP-BC Acute Care Nurse Practitioner ANCC
ACNPC-AG Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Adult-Gerontology)
ACNS-BC Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist ANCC
ACRN HIV/AIDS Certified Registered Nurse
ADM-BC Advanced Diabetes Management (specialty certification, retired exam) ANCC
ADM-BC Advanced Diabetes Management ANCC
AE-C Certified Asthma Educator
AFN-BC Forensic Nursing, Advanced ANCC
AFN-BC Advanced Forensic Nursing
AGACNP-BC Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner ANCC
AGCNS-BC Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist ANCC
AGN-BC Genetics Nursing, Advanced ANCC
AGPCNP-BC Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner ANCC
AHN-BC Advanced Holistic Nurse, Board Certified
ANP-BC Adult Nurse Practitioner ANCC
ACNPC Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Adult)
AOCN Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse
AOCNP Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner
AOCNS Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist
APHN-BC Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse
BC-ADM Board Certified-Advanced Diabetes Management
BMTCN Blood & Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse
C-EFM Electronic Fetal Monitoring
C-NPT Neonatal Pediatric Transport
CANS Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist
CAPA Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse
CARN Certified Addictions Registered Nurse
CARN-AP Certified Addictions Registered Nurse - Advanced Practice
CBCN Certified Breast Care Nurse
CBHC Correctional Behavioral Health Certification
CCCN Certified Continence Care Nurse
CCCN-AP Certified Continence Care Nurse-Advanced Practice
CCHP-A Certified Correctional Health Professional-Advanced
CCHP-RN Certified Correctional Health Professional-RN
CCHT Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician
CCHTA Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician-Advanced
CCNS Acute/Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult, Pediatric & Neonatal)
CCRA Certified Clinical Research Associate
CCRC Certified Clinical Research Coordinator
CCRN Acute/Critical Care Nursing (Adult, Pediatric & Neonatal)
CCRN-E Tele-ICU Acute/Critical Care Nursing (Adult)
CCRN-K Acute/Critical Care Knowledge Professional (Adult, Pediatric & Neonatal)
CCRP Certified Clinical Research Professional
CCTM Certified in Care Coordination and Transition Management
CD-LPN Certified Dialysis Licensed Practical Nurse
CD-LVN Certified Dialysis Licensed Vocational Nurse
CDE Certified Diabetes Educator
CDN Certified Dialysis Nurse
CEN Certified Emergency Nurse
CENP Certified in Executive Nursing Practice
CFCN Certified Foot Care Nurse
CFRN Certified Flight Registered Nurse
CGRN Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse
CHFN Certified Heart Failure Nurse
CHFN-K Non-Clinical HeartFailure Nurse
CHPCA Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator
CHPLN Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse
CHPN Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse
CHPNA Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant
CHPPN Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse
CHSA Certified Health Service Administrator
CIC Certified in Infection Control
CM Occupational Health Nursing Case Management
CMC Cardiac Medicine (Adult)
CMCN Certification in Managed Care Nursing
CMSRN Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse
CNE Certified Nurse Educator
CNL Clinical Nurse Leader CNC
CNML Nurse Manager and Leader
CNML Certified Nurse Manager and Leader
CNN Certified Corrections Nurse
CNN Certified Nephrology Nurse
CNN-NP Certified Nephrology Nurse-Nurse Practitioner
CNN/M Certified Corrections Nurse/Manager
CNOR Certified Nurse, Operating Room
CNRN Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse
CNS-BC Clinical Nurse Specialist, Core ANCC
CNS-CP Clinical Nurse Specialist Perioperative Certification
COCN Certified Ostomy Care Nurse
COCN-AP Certified Ostomy Care Nurse-Advanced Practice
COHN Certified Occupational Health Nurse
COHN-S Certified Occupational Health Nurse-Specialist
CORLN Certified Otorhinolaryngology Nurse
CPAN Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse
CPEN Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse
CPHON Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse
CPHQ Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality
CPHRM Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management
CPLC Certified in Perinatal Loss Care
CPN Certified Pediatric Nurse
CPNP-PC Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care
CPON Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse
CPP-AC Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care
CPSN Certified Plastic Surgical Nurse
CRN Certified Radiologic Nurse
CRNA Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
CRNFA Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant
CRNI Certified Registered Nurse Infusion
CRNO Certification for Registered Nurses of Opthamology
CRRN Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse
CSC Cardiac Surgery (Adult)
CTRN Certified Transport Registered Nurse
CUA Urologic Associate
CUNP Certified Urologic Nurse Practitioner
CURN Certified Urologic Registered Nurse
CWCN Certified Wound Care Nurse
CWCN-AP Certified Wound Care Nurse-Advanced Practice
CWOCN Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse
CWOCN-AP Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse-Advanced Practice
CWON Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse
CWON-AP Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse-Advanced Practice
DCNP Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner
DNC Dermatology Nurse Certified
ENP-BC Emergency Nurse Practitioner (specialty certification) ANCC
FNP-BC Family Nurse Practitioner ANCC
FNP-C Family Nurse Practitioner
GCNS-BC Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist (retired exam) ANCC
GNP-BC Gerontological Nurse Practitioner ANCC
HHCNS-BC Home Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (retired exam) ANCC
HN-BC Holistic Nurse, Board Certified
HNB-BC Holistic Baccalaureate Nurse, Board Certified
HWNC-BC Health and Wellness Nurse Coach, Board Certified
LNCC Legal Nurse Consultant Certified
NC-BC Nurse Coach, Board Certified
NCSN National Certified School Nurse
NE-BC Nurse Executive ANCC
NEA-BC Nurse Executive, Advanced ANCC
NNP-BC NNP-BC - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
NP-C Adult Nurse Practitioner
OCN Oncology Certified Nurse
OCNS-C Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialist - Certified
ONC Orthopaedic Nurse Certified
ONP-C Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner-Certified
PCCN Progressive Care Nursing (Adult)
PCCN-K Progressive Care Knowledge Professional (Adult)
PCNS-BC Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist ANCC
PHCNS-BC Public/Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (retired exam) ANCC
PHMS Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist
PHNA-BC Public Health Nursing, Advanced ANCC
PMHCNS-BC Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist ANCC
PMHCNS-BC Child/Adolescent Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist ANCC
PMHNP-BC Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner ANCC
PMHNP-BC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the life span) ANCC
PPCNP-BC Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner ANCC
RN-BC Ambulatory Care Nursing ANCC
RN-BC Cardiac-Vascular Nursing ANCC
RN-BC Certified Vascular Nurse (retired exam) ANCC
RN-BC College Health Nursing (retired exam) ANCC
RN-BC Community Health Nursing (retired exam) ANCC
RN-BC Faith Community Nursing ANCC
RN-BC General Nursing, Practice (retired exam) ANCC
RN-BC Gerontological Nursing ANCC
RN-BC Hemostasis Nursing ANCC
RN-BC High-Risk Perinatal Nursing (retired exam) ANCC
RN-BC Home Health Nursing (retired exam) ANCC
RN-BC Informatics Nursing ANCC
RN-BC Medical-Surgical Nursing ANCC
RN-BC Nursing Case Management ANCC
RN-BC Nursing Professional Development ANCC
RN-BC Pain Management Nursing ANCC
RN-BC Pediatric Nursing ANCC
RN-BC Perinatal Nursing (retired exam) ANCC
RN-BC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing ANCC
RN-BC Rheumatology Nursing ANCC
RN-BC School Nursing (retired exam) ANCC
RNC-LRN RNC-LRN - Low Risk Neonatal Nursing
RNC-MNN RNC-MNN - Maternal Newborn Nursing
RNC-NIC RNC-NIC - Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing
RNC-OB RNC-OB - Inpatient Obstetric Nursing
SANE-A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - Adult/Adolescent
SANE-P Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - Pediatric
SCRN Stroke Certified Registered Nurse
SNP-BC School Nurse Practitioner (retired exam) ANCC
TCRN Trauma Certified Registered Nurse
WHNP-BC WHNP-BC - Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner

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