Doylestown Health recently celebrated Certified Nurses Day to honor this group of exemplary nurses.
More than one-third of Doylestown Hospital's nearly 800 registered nurses have earned advanced certification in about 20 different specialties.
Acute care nurse Diane McDonald, RN, BSN earned the PCCN (Progressive Care Certified Nurse) credential. "Certification demonstrates a level of professionalism and a commitment to your career," said Diane. "You stay up to date with the most current knowledge."
"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."
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. Certification requires a commitment to excellence on the part of the nurse.
Sharon Heacock, RN, 4 Acute also earned the PCCN certification. "With certification you're getting the next level of education. I took the class to advance my knowledge and stay current with that knowledge."
Doylestown Health encourages national board certification for all its nurses. Among the many nursing certification specialties are medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others.
To celebrate Certified Nurses Day at Doylestown Hospital, Mary Whelan, director of Emergency Services, gave a presentation on the value of certification during a special program at the hospital on March 15. Mary is also involved with the national Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing. "Certification shows you have integrity. You want to make sure your care is of the highest quality and you're bringing your best to the bedside."
Certified Nurses Day (March 19) 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.
About Doylestown Health
Doylestown Health is a comprehensive healthcare system of inpatient, outpatient and wellness education services connected to meet the health needs of all members of the local and regional community. Doylestown Hospital, the flagship to Doylestown Health has 232 beds and a Medical Staff of more than 435 physicians in over 50 specialties. An independent nonprofit health system, Doylestown Health is dedicated to providing innovative, patient-centered care for all ages.
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