Doylestown Health celebrates its certified nurses. The letters behind the nurse's name represent knowledge, commitment and improved patient care.
Joan Sable, RN, PCCN knows the importance of advanced certification for nurses. She provides care to acutely ill patients and earned her Progressive Care Certified Nurse credential.
"Certification improves the quality of care delivered to patients," she said. "I earned certification to continue expanding my knowledge base."
Nearly one-third of Doylestown Hospital's 589 registered nurses have earned advanced certification in about 20 different specialties. Nationally, about one-quarter of nurses hold certifications.
Doylestown Hospital recently celebrated Certified Nurses Day to honor this group of exemplary nurses. Nursing, like health care in general, has become increasingly complex. Board certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. Certification requires further education and testing, representing a commitment of time and money.
Angela Schill, RN, BSN, is currently working towards her Clinical Nurse Leader certification. "Healthcare continues to change with a greater focus on wellness and disease prevention. I want to make sure I can continue to grow to meet the changing needs of the patient population," said Angela.
"Most of the nurses on my unit are certified," said Kathy Donahue, RNC-OB, MSN, IBCLC, RLC, director, Maternal-Child Services and The Della Penna Pediatric Center. "The patients know they're getting the best care. The nurses are dedicated to a career – it's more than just a job. They are proud of being certified."
The more than 120 nursing certification specialties include medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others.
"Specialty certification demonstrates the nurse's commitment to the profession and lifelong learning," said Eleanor Wilson, RN, MSN, MHA, vice president and Chief Operating Officer. "It also ensures a high standard of nursing practice. I am proud of the significant number of nurses at Doylestown Health who have chosen to be certified in their specialty."
Doylestown Hospital encourages national board certification for all its nurses.
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"There are many reasons we promote certification," said Patti Stover, RN, MSN, NE-BC, senior executive director of Nursing Services at Doylestown Hospital. "Certification represents a level of clinical competence and shows that nurses maintain their knowledge base. And it enhances professional credibility."
Janey Ierubino, RNC, is a nurse with more than 28 years experience who earned certification in Maternal Newborn Nursing. "Certification represents professionalism. It means that I'm an expert in my field," she said.
Certified Nurses Day is an annual worldwide event that 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.
Doylestown Hospital celebrates Certified Nurses Day each year with a special luncheon and speaker presentation at the hospital. This year, Kimberly Carson, RN, MSN, nursing education coordinator, spoke about nursing standards of practice. Kim started her nursing career at Doylestown Hospital in 1981.
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