Credential Falsification

Holding the CNOR, CSSM, and CNS-CP credentials is a mark of excellence that perioperative nurses have earned through their hard work and commitment to the highest level of patient care. CCI always intends to protect the integrity and reputation of our credentials and the nurses who hold them. As such, we take credential falsification very seriously.

Here are a couple of common ways a nurse may misrepresent themselves as holding one of our credentials:
  • Listing credentials on your resume, business card, or email signature line that you have never held or have let lapse.
  • Falsifying a certificate or certification verification record in order to make it seem like you hold a certification that you do not.

In other words, if you’ve never held one of our credentials, or you have let one lapse, do not list them after your name under any circumstances. If you are caught doing so, CCI is required to investigate and take appropriate action. If falsification is determined, consequences could involve:

  • Reporting the falsification to the individual’s employer and state board of nursing.
  • Imposing a penalty that will not allow the individual to take the certification exam for a certain period of time.

Don’t jeopardize your reputation or career by misrepresenting yourself. If you have any questions, please contact us at 888-257-2667 or