Certification is a voluntary process designed to protect the consumer and ensure current knowledge in the nursing specialty. These respected certifications are held only by an elite group of specialty nurses. Certification validates a nurse’s specialty knowledge for practice in a defined functional or clinical area of nursing. According to data collected by the American Board of Nursing Specialties in 2010, nurses in the U.S. and Canada held more than 588,407 certifications, an increase of more than 100,000 certificants compared to 2009 survey data. These certifications were granted by 29 different certifying organizations, and 120 different credentials designate these certifications.
In addition, certification benefits patients and their families, validating that the nurse caring for them has demonstrated experience, knowledge and skills in the complex specialties of acute and critical care.
“Becoming a certified nurse means that you have taken the initiative to gain knowledge in your specialty area, completed a national exam to demonstrate your knowledge base and have committed to continuing your learning through annual education opportunities,” said Sheila Price, AMC’s vice-president of Nursing. “From the patient’s perspective it means better quality outcomes. For me, it means nursing staff who are committed to the Big(ger) Aim; to get the patient to the desired outcome without harm, without waste and with an exceptional experience for the patient and family. This is why we are here.”
Angel Medical Center recognized the unique contributions of certified nurses on May 6. Nurses at Angel who have achieved certification are:
— CNOR — (nurses who have demonstrated the knowledge and skills that denote competency in the specialized field of perioperative nursing) Betty Rogers, Jennifer Ezechel, Julie Jenkins, Pat Foster, Donna Campbell, Peggy Ramey, Sherril Bishop.
— Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse - Gladys Quigley
— CCRN - Critical Care, RNC-OB Inpatient Obstetrics, CLS
- Deb Burner
— RNC-MNN - Inpatient Obstetrics, Certificated Child Birth Educator, & SANE – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - Judy Burnett
— RNC-OB - Inpatient Obstetrics - Robin Villiard, Kecia Hursey, Verlie McLain
— RNC-MNN - Maternal Newborn Nursing - Deb Palmer, Michele Kussow
— Cardio Vascular Nursing - Suzanna Pollock
— CEN - Certified Emergency Nurse - Shawna Key, Janie Key, Cara Smith
— FP-C Certified Flight Paramedic - Joe Pardue
— SANE – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - Betsy Roper
— OCN - Oncology Certified Nurse & WOCNCB – Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification - Shauna Maxson
— OCN – Oncology Certified Nurse - Nancy Holloway
Certified Nurses Day is an annual worldwide event dedicated to celebrating certification as a means to ensure high standards of patient care and to promote continuing excellence in the nursing profession. Initially proposed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the day honors the birthday of the late Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles, an international pioneer of nursing certification who designed the first comprehensive study of nurse credentialing.