Certified Nurses Day celebrated

Camden Clark Medical Center celebrated Certified Nurses Day on March 19 by honoring its board certified nurses. The following nurses were recognized for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care:

Teresa Adams, CCRN; Christa Boice, ONC; Kim Brown, ONC; Loni Collins, CCRN; Harry Eddy, CDE; Sonja Fick, CCRN, CSC; Cheryl Gumpf, CCM; Martha Hesson, OCN; Brenda Phillips, CNOR; June Gallagher, OCN; Rebecca Gayheart, CNL; Amanda Hill, CCRN; Angela Hupp FNP-BC; Cindy Hoover, CDE; Marlene Hysell, CEN; Mary Kibble-Leu, ACNS-BC; Lisa Kruk, CCRN; Gypsy Lambert, ONC; Deborah Life, CCRN; Heather Mace, OCN; Kathy Markley, ACM; Jessie Mixer, OCN; Rita Modesitt, ACM ; Deanna Montgomery, CCRNl; Shannon Osburn, ACM; Megan Padden, CWOCN; Teena Perine, CNOR; Teresa Phillips, FNP-BC; Susan Pitts, IBCLC; Liz Ramsay, ONC; Melanie Reed, OCN; Dale Rebrook, CCRN; Jana Sims, ACM; Sheila Sleeth, CNOR; Lea Ann Steele, ONC; Stacy Stout, ONC; Amanda Veon, ONC; Judy Walters IBCLC; Lois Walton, ACM; Erin Williams, ONC

Board Certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. Nursing, like health care in general has become increasingly complex. While a registered nurse (RN) license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse.

Camden Clark Medical Center encourages national board certification for all its nurses. Patients are encouraged to inquire whether there are certified nurses on staff when they visit a hospital or their primary care provider. 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.