Platte Valley Medical Center recognized the unique contributions of certified nurses on Certified Nurses Day, March 19. PVMC applauds and honors the work of certified nurses everywhere. On this day, we celebrate your invaluable contributions to better patient outcomes and your steadfast commitment to nursing excellence. Thank you for going the extra mile to provide expert care in our increasingly complex world of nursing. You are an inspiration! During the celebration, the following certified nurses were honored:
- Michele Siem, Critical Care Registered Nurse
- Billy Nolan, Certified Cardiovascular Care Coordinator
- Andrea Moore, Certified Emergency Nurse
- Scott Miner, Certified Emergency Nurse
- Wendy Colon, Certified Disaster Healthcare Professional
- Marika Sexton, ONS, Oncology Certified Nurse
- Jessica Cline, Certified Medical Surgical Certification, ONS Chemo/Bio certification
- Laurie Turner, Breast Health Navigator Certification
- Rikki Turner, ONS, Oncology Certified Nurse
- Dianna Read, CCRN – Critical Care Registered Nurse
- Joy Memmen, CCRN – Critical Care Registered Nurse
- Chris Anderson, Neonatal Intensive Care Certification (RNC)
- Kathy King, Neonatal Intensive Care Certification (RNC)
- Beth Thompson, Neonatal Intensive Care Certification (RNC)
- Taira Garcia, Neonatal Intensive Care Certification (RNC)
- Jayne Dilling, Neonatal Intensive Care Certification (RNC)
- Brindi Pinkleman, Neonatal Intensive Care Certification (RNC)
- Christine Salvi, Certified Patient Experience Professional
- Kurt Gensert, Healthcare Administration Management Certification
“Specialty certification has always been a personal milestone for me,” says Kurt Gensurt, RN, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer. “It represents the dedication to a specific specialty that goes beyond competence, but speaks to real mastery. By the time you’ve accumulated the required CEUs, hours of experience in the specialty, and passed a rigorous test covering the current standard of care, it really says something about you as a person and as a nurse. I respect the credentials of someone who shows that kind of drive. PVMC certainly values the process and I encourage everyone to consider taking the leap in their respective area(s) of practice.”
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 2016, more than 769,917 nurses in the United States and Canada held certifications. These certifications are granted by 28 certifying organizations and represent 144 different credentials. There are many nursing certification specialties such as medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others. Many nursing certification bodies exist to serve the full range of specialized nursing care offered in the contemporary health care system; national nurse-certifying bodies should be accredited by either the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA), or both. PVMC encourages national board certification for all its nurses.
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 or other specialty. If you would like to learn more and qualify on a discount for certification in your specialty please click here.
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.
Please join Platte Valley Medical Center and the nation’s national nursing certification organizations in honoring those hardworking, dedicated nurses for their professionalism, and a job well done!