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I am very interested in coding and health compliance training and certifications. Do you have any information on how I can get started in these specialties?

Wednesday November 28, 2012
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Dear Donna,

Thank you so much for your dedication to the nursing profession. I am a nurse with a BSN degree and 15 years experience. I am very interested in coding and health compliance training and certifications. Do you have any information on how I can get started in these specialties?

Seeking Certification

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Seeking Certification,

These are certainly hot and growing specialties to be in. Coding and health compliance each have a different focus, so be sure to talk to other nurses (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Interviewing), as opposed to non-nurses, doing something similar before you invest in any courses or certification programs. In other words, make sure the day-to-day work responsibilities suit you before moving forward. I’ve met many nurses who have invested time and money in a specialty without doing much research, only to find out that they didn’t really like the specialty once they began working in it. Likewise, there have been many nurses who assume additional training and credentials are needed to change specialties, when they were already qualified based on their nursing experience and knowledge.

Check out the following related organizations for courses, information and contacts — the American Academy of Professional Coders (www.aapc.com), the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (www.hcpro.com/acdis) and the American Association of Medical Audit Specialists (www.aamas.org).

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.