April 19, 2011
by Arley Hoskin | Reprinted courtesy of KC Nursing News
Certiﬁed nurses throughout the metro area celebrated their accomplishments during Certiﬁed Nurse Day on March 19.
Hospitals honored their certiﬁed nurses in the weeks before and after the ofﬁcial day. Menorah Medical Center sponsored a breakfast for its nurses.
“It was a nice thing for Menorah to have a breakfast for us to recognize our achievements,” said Carla Miller, RNC, a staff nurse in labor and delivery.
Miller has been a labor and delivery nurse for 20 years. She said she appreciates the education she received when she studied for her certiﬁcation test.
Menorah Emergency Department clinician Micky Mathews, RN, CEN, said certiﬁcation afﬁrms that nurses are at the top level of their specialty.
“I took it because I wanted to see how I measured up against a lot of nurses in the country,” Mathews said. “It’s a bench- mark.”
Nurses who are certiﬁed take continuing education courses to keep their certiﬁcation active.
“I ﬁnd that it keeps me very up-to-date with what is the cur- rent practice,” Mathews said. “You have just about taken a full college course to get it.”
St. Luke’s Hospital critical care nurse Kristin Sollars, BA, BSN, CCRN, spoke to St. Luke’s Hospital nurses during a reception for certiﬁed nurses.
Sollars, who recently became certiﬁed in critical care, encourages nurses who are certiﬁed to help others achieve that goal.
Sollars said nurses on her unit pushed her to take the certiﬁcation plunge.
“Peer pressure can do good things for us and this is one time it did,” Sollars said. “It’s just that idea of nurses encouraging other nurses.”
Research shows that nurses who are certiﬁed in their specialty produce better patient safety and satisfaction outcomes.
“We really have been pushing it,” said Debbie White, RN, MSN, MSA, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC, St. Luke’s vice president and chief nursing ofﬁcer.
White said when it comes to certiﬁcation, the hospital puts its money where its mouth is and funds nurses’ test fees, which can range from $195 to $495.
St. Luke’s code neuro nurse Rachel Malloy, RN, BSN, CNRN, recently received her certiﬁcation and has spearheaded an initiative to get more neuro nurses certiﬁed.
The department has 12 nurses taking the certiﬁcation test in March.
“It’s an achievement. This is not an easy thing to do,” Malloy said.
St. Luke’s Neurology Department received a grant from the Neuroscience Nursing Foundation to help pay for some of the test fees. St. Luke’s Brain and Stroke Foundation pays the remainder.
Sollars said she hopes to see more initiatives for certiﬁcation throughout the hospital.
“For me, getting certiﬁed was one more thing to make sure my patients get the best care.”