Valley View Medical Center has recognized eleven of its registered nurses who have earned board certification in their specialized fields through graduate and continuing education. They were honored as part of Certified Nurses Day.
According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Certified Nurses Day acknowledges achievements of nursing specialty and subspecialty certification.
“Certification matters,” said Lesa Lock, RN, Valley View’s chief nursing officer and a board certified nurse executive. “The ANCC describes certification as ‘a milestone of personal excellence along the professional journey.’ We celebrate those who have achieved it and see it as an opportunity to gain momentum for those who will pursue certification in the future.”
Nursing certification goes beyond the medical and scientific training all registered nurses receive to graduate and become licensed, noted Lock. Intense initial and continuing education are required in one or more specialties.
Not everyone who starts the certification process passes the rigorous tests.
Two of Valley View’s RNs are certified by the Association of Critical Care Nurses (ACCN): house supervisor Yvette Kersey and surgical nurse Judith Steiner. Two have Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) credentials: surgical services director Jean Thompson and surgical nurse Andrea Oliver. Emergency department nurse Paul Conway is double-boarded as a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) and a Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN). Infection prevention/employee health coordinator Gail Canganelli is a Certified Infection Control (CIC) nurse, and clinical informatics director Michael Manning is board-certified in informatics.
Additionally, all three of Valley View’s family nurse practitioners are board-certified. They are Mishaun Newman and Tracy Osborn of Crossroads Urgent Care in Bullhead City and Crystal Voigt of Live Oak Family Medicine in Laughlin.
Certified Nurses Day falls on the birthday of Margretta “Gretta” Madden Sykes, an international pioneer of nursing certification who designed the first comprehensive study of nurse credentialing.
Lock noted that otherValley View employees are board-certified in non-nursing fields, and will be recognized separately.