When you invest in your nursing staff’s professional development by promoting certification, it shows that you are committed to providing quality care. This can help you recruit and retain experience nurses and enhance your public image.

Certification can also help you meet accreditation standards. Agencies such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program, the Association of Community Cancer Centers and the American College of Radiation Oncology all consider certification when they give accreditation or recognition.

Here are a few ways you can encourage your staff to seek certification:

  • Join the ONCC FreeTake Certification Program.
    Help your nurses earn certification – the no-risk way. Nurses in the program get a free retake if they don't pass.
  • Distribute certification bulletins and personal encouragement.
    Give your nurses certification bulletins and personally encourage them to pursue certification. Encouragement from a supervisor or coworker can be a great motivator to pursue certification. Request materials from ONCC.
  • Create an environment that encourages studying.
    Email nurses with details on upcoming review courses and organize certification test study groups or create study partners.
  • Provide financial assistance for nurses to pursue certification.
    Reimburse for test fees and expenses, provide paid time off to take the test, pay for a review course, or provide a library of study materials.
  • Reward certified nurses.
    Give certified nurses a monetary bonus for attaining or renewing their oncology credential. Provide pay differentials for certified nurses. 
  • Incorporate certification into the career ladder.
    Require certification for advancement into selected positions and host staff in-service programs to distribute information about certification to your staff.
  • Offer personal recognition.
    • Present certified nurses with an ONCC credential pin.
    • Send a letter of congratulations from the CEO or other administrator.
    • Add certified nurses' credentials to their name badges and business cards.
  • Recognize certified nurses publicly.
    • Display certified nurses' certificates on the unit.
    • Publish an announcement in your facility newsletter.
    • Send press releases to local newspapers.
    • Host a special event for certified nurses during Nurse's Week.
    • Display the names of certified nurses on a plaque in the unit.
    • Nominate a certified nurse for an ONCC Certified Nurse of the Year Award.
  • Get a Free Plaque to Recognize Your Oncology Certified Staff.
    ONCC offers a special recognition plaque to oncology patient care settings in which the majority (greater than 50%) of the professional nursing staff are ONCC certified. Institutions that receive this plaque are also recognized in the ONCC News. Supporting certification is a wise investment that will benefit your staff, your facility, and you. Request a plaque online