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Your 90-Second Guide to RN Specialty Certifications 

A brief introduction to two RN specialty certifications from the 2024 Career Compass 

Maybe you’re a nursing student, preparing for your NCLEX and looking forward to the future. Maybe you’re working on your MSN, DNP, or PhD while juggling a full-time job. Or maybe you’re working night shifts at the bedside, feeling the sting of burnout, and interested in exploring new opportunities. 

Whether you’re just starting out or looking for a new direction, Elite Learning is here to partner with you on your professional nursing journey.  

Download the complete Nursing Career Compass here. 

What do RNs do? 

Registered Nurses (RNs) assess patient conditions, develop and implement nursing care plans, administer medications, perform treatments and procedures, educate patients and families, collaborate with other healthcare professionals, and advocate for patient needs. 

What does it take to become an RN? 

To become an RN, individuals must complete an accredited nursing program, which can lead to either an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). ADN programs typically take 2-3 years, while BSN programs usually take 4 years. 

Average salary 

Mean U.S. hourly salary: $42.80 
Mean U.S. annual salary: $89,010 

RN specialty certifications 

RNs have a wide range of career options, including bedside nursing, public health nursing, case management, nursing education, and leadership roles. For nurses passionate about a particular facet of healthcare, RNs also have countless opportunities to pursue specialized care with RN specialty certifications.  

Here are just a few. 

Certified Wound Care Nurse 

Whether they’re cleaning injuries in the Emergency Department or educating patients on suture care after surgery, nurses play a pivotal role in wound care. Build vital expertise with the 10-hour intermediate Certified Wound Care Nurse Exam Prep course, which prepares nurses for the Wound Care Nurse Exam or re-certification.  

With content mapped to the WOCNB exam, this intermediate level course contains 20 1-hour course video modules which pertain to all areas of skin and wound care management for nurses and other healthcare providers. 

Oncology Certified Nurse 

Nurses are at the crux of care for patients undergoing cancer treatment. An oncology certification empowers nurses to provide the specialized care that cancer patients need to optimize their outcomes.  

Prepare for Oncology Certified Nurse (ONC®) renewal with the Oncology Nurse Re-Certification Course. This 30-hour video module re-certification course prepares nurses for their Oncology Certification Renewal. Reviewed by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC), this course is approved for up to 30 recertification points.