Writing Style Tips from the Magnet Team
The education degree comes first, because it is a “permanent” credential, meaning it cannot be taken away except under extreme circumstances. The next two credentials (licensure and state designations/requirements) are required for the nurse to practice.
National certification is sometimes voluntary, and awards, honors and other recognitions are always voluntary.
- Name, highest earned degree, licensure, state designations or requirements, national certifications. (See credentials.) Jane Smith, MSN, RN, CCNS, nurse manager
- Use commas before and after degrees in text; do not use periods (except at the end of the sentence): The lead researchers for this project were Mary Jones, MSN, RN, NE-BC, and Bob Simmons, DrNP, RN.
- Degrees should always follow someone’s name. When using degrees, do not also precede name with title.
- Correct: Jill Cramer, MD
- Wrong: Jill Cramer, MD