​Set the Pace Program Rewards Nurses for Specialty Certification

Orlando Health’s Set the Pace program has been updated and now offers eligible nurses a $250 award for achieving certification! This means that participants in the program are financially rewarded for successful completion of national certification with a $250 lump sum award in addition to reimbursement of the initial exam fee. Certified nurses who sponsor, coach and mentor peer nurses are also eligible for the $250 lump sum award.

“The Set the Pace program helps certifying nurses gain prestige from meeting nationally recognized standards in a particular specialty and gives mentors the opportunity to encourage their fellow team members,” says Joy Parchment, PhD, RN, NE-BC, director, Nursing Strategy Implementation & Magnet® Program. “It’s a program that’s mutually beneficial for all nursing team members who participate.”

As part of the program, the mentor and applicant both sign a contract, approved by the nurse manager, who verifies that the certification is on an approved list of established certifying organizations. Certifications must be obtained within one year of the agreement being signed, and the mentor/mentee must meet a minimum of three times during the mentoring period.

“We’ve also streamlined the mentoring process by developing a journal tool to document progress and mentor/mentee meeting times until the nurse’s certification exam is successfully completed,” tells Joy. “Research demonstrates that there is a positive link between certification and improved patient outcomes. Certification is important to nursing practice, and I encourage all nurses to pursue specialty certification.” 

Click here for more information on the Set the Pace Program.