CLINTON — Certified Nurses Day honors nurses worldwide who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialty. While a registered nurse license allows nurses to practice, earning certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing.
Today, Mercy, along with employers, certification boards, education facilities and healthcare providers nationwide, celebrate and publicly acknowledge nurses who have taken steps to earn and maintain the highest credentials in their specialty.
At Mercy, 77 nurses have certifications in specialty areas. Certification is a process by which a nongovernmental agency validates, based upon predetermined standards, an individual nurse’s qualifications for practice in a defined functional or clinical area of nursing.
Most certification programs are created, sponsored or affiliated with professional associations and trade organizations interested in raising standards. Certifications are earned through an assessment process and, in general, must be renewed periodically. Certification credentials are nationally recognized and portable, meaning the credential is accepted from one hospital to another.
Many nurses who choose a clinical specialty area of nursing become certified in that area, signifying that they possess expert knowledge. Registered nurses are not required to be certified in a certain specialty by law. State licensure provides the legal authority for an individual to practice professional nursing, while certification is voluntary, obtained through certifying organizations and validates knowledge, skills, abilities and experience in areas beyond the scope of RN licensure.
Mercy recognizes the following individuals who have earned certifications in specialty fields:
• Mary Andresen RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)
• Karla Anderson RN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)
• Brooke Arey RN, BSN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)
• Jodie Atkinson RN, BSN, CWON (Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse) & CFCN (Certified Foot Care Nurse)
• Karen Avery RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)
• Deb Bales RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring) & CCE (Childbirth Education)