Re: What does RNC on nametag mean?
- From: "guarnot" <guarnot@xxxxxxx>
- Date: 24 Mar 2006 21:37:52 -0800
A number of certifications offered by the American Nurses Credentialing
Center (ANCC) are open to diploma- and associate degree-prepared RN.
Those nurses are designated as "RN,C" (RN, Certified). For most
certification areas, RNs with a BSN or higher degree are designated as
"RN,BC" (RN, Board Certified).
And an RN who is certified as a clinical specialist through ANCC will
generally be designated as "APRN,BC" (Advanced Practice Registered
Nurse, Board Certified). At one time it was RN,CS (RN, Certified
They've changed all this around over the years. At one point, pretty
briefly I think, certification was not available to ADN and
Diploma-prepared nurses, but that was later changed.
I'm not sure who else offers certification with the "RN,C" designation
other than ANCC--you referred to two certifying bodies that do this. I
hadn't known that....what is the other body in addition to ANCC?
But as far as your answer to the original question--yes, most likely if
someone sees "RNC" (or RN,C) on a nametag, it's Registered Nurse,
actually...RNC...is a protected designation..to mean the nurse has taken a
nationally certification exam....in any of a number of areas...
depending upon the certifying body...the nurse could have a bachelor's or a
most nursees with diploma or AA degrees are not nationally certified...
as the two most popular certifying bodies require a minimum of a bachelor's
degree.....if not a master's degree..in nursing
there is no such thing as registered nurse clinician..you may be thinking of
"clinical nurse specialist"
but their initials would read,,,RNC, CNS
<gail.gleason@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
sorry I also forgot the registered nures clinician who is a diploma or
associate degree nurse.