National Certification participants

The Nurse Scholars Academy encourages Kaiser Permanente nurses to become nationally certified within their area of specialty.

Nationally certified registered nurses report greater job satisfaction, validation of clinical knowledge, and access to broader career opportunities. Nurses have a wide variety of certifications to choose from that both validate and recognize their competency.

Financial support

Represented nurses are eligible to have approved national certifications reimbursed. Nurses are able to submit eligible exam expenses related to certification for reimbursement per the collective bargaining agreement between Kaiser Permanente and the California Nurses Association.

Download the certification toolkit

In addition, nurses may use their National Tuition Reimbursement benefit to take certification preparation courses that provide continuing education units. This includes up to $500 in travel related to attending the preparation course.

Learn more about National Tuition Reimbursement

Preparation exam support

Registered nurses in pursuit of advancing their clinical knowledge may have access to certification preparation courses located online in KP HealthStream.

  • 32+ courses cover a wide variety of popular national certifications, including CCRN, CNOR, RN-NIC, and many more.
  • Access to these courses is available 24/7 so that nurses can study at a time most convenient to their busy schedules.

Common Nurse certifications

SpecialtyCertification
Clinical Adult Services
Medical-SurgicalCMSRN
Critical CareCCRN
Progressive CarePCCN
EmergencyCEN
OncologyOCN
Perioperative Services
Operating RoomCNOR
Preanesthesia or PACUCPAN or CAPA
Maternal Child Health
Labor and DeliveryRNC-OB
Neonatal Intensive CareRNC-NIC
Electronic Fetal MonitoringC-EFM
Postpartum NursingRNC-MNN