The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

March 19, 2014

Mercy celebrates Certified Nurses Day

The Clinton Herald

---- — 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)

Toni Behrens RN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Joan Berkey RN, BSN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring) & CBC (Certified Breastfeeding Counselor)

Jan Beveroth RN, CBC (Certified Breastfeeding Counselor)

Melissa Bitner RN, CEN (Certified Emergency Nurse)

Sharon Bormann RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring) & CBC (Certified Breastfeeding Counselor)

Pat Claeys RN, CGRN (Certified Gastroenterology RN)

Sandy Clark RN,CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Patty Cowett RN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Carol Dauphin RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Lisa Determan RN, C-EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Sarah Deter RN, C-EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Julie Eggers RN, BSN, ICAC (Iowa Certified Assessment Coordinator)

Laura Gassman RN, BSN, MHA, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring) & CCE (Childbirth Education) & CBC (Certified Breastfeeding Counselor)

Becky Gluesing RN, BSN, CNOR (Certified Nurse Operating Room)

Maegan Goddard RN, CEN (Certified Emergency Nurse)

Kathy Goetzl RN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Robbie Grage RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Megan Gray RN, AANAC (Certified American Nursing Assessment Coordinator)

Fay Guynn RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Karen Holy RN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Jill Iben RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Jan Jones RN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Jessica Jones RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Alissa Judd RN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Phyllis Kaufman RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Laura Keis RN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Val Kelley RN, CBC (Certified Breastfeeding Counselor)

Lara Kimmer RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring) & CCE (Childbirth Education)

Deb Kohrt RN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Jami Lange RN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Karen Lassen RN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Janelle Lindeman RN, CCRN (Critical Care RN)

Karleen Looney RN, BSN, MSN, CCRN (Critical Care RN)

Elizabeth Macke RN, BSN, CAPA (Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse)

Lori Mathews RN, CNOR (Certified Nurse Operating Room)

Kim Mattje RN CDN (Certified Dialysis RN)

Colleen Meggers RN, MSN, RN- C (Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing)

Mary Meyer RN-BC, MSN (Nursing Professional Development)

Kathy Monahan RN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Angie Mullaley RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Tamara Nelson RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Marlee Nimmick RN, C-EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Carol Nylin RN, CNOR (Certified Nurse Operating Room)

Jamie Pennock RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Kim Pennock RN, CGRN (Certified Gastroenterology RN)

Dee Dee Piper RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Leigh Anne Piper RN, BNS, MSN, CNOR (Certified Nurse Operating Room)

Kristy Pohl RN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Val Portz RN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Wes Reese RN, PCCN (Progressive Care Nurse Certification)

Paula Reuter RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Adrienna Rombouts RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Jeff Sander-Welzien RN, BSN, CIC (Certified Infection Control)

Maria Schroeder RN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Erika Shaw RN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Amy Sikkema RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Terra Smith RN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Kara Spooner RN, BSN, MHA, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Kelly Stoller RN, RN-BC (Board Certified in Gerontology) & AANAC (Certified American Association Nursing Assessment Coordinator)

Melinda Subo RN, CNOR (Certified Nurse Operating Room)

Ben Summers RN, BSN, CNOR (Certified Nurse Operating Room)

Paula Telford RN, BSN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Jan Thompson RN, CMSRN (Certified Med/Surg RN)

Nicole Tucker RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring) & CCE (Childbirth Education)

Kaitlin Vendermyde RN, C-EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Elizabeth Voss RN, CHRN (Certified Hyperbaric RN)

Wendy Westemeyer RN, BSN, MSN, CCRN (Certified Critical Care Nurse)

Susan Wierenga RN, EFM (Electronic Fetal Monitoring)

Beth Wirth RN, BSN, OCN (Oncology Certified RN)

Andrea Witt RN, BHA, CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator)

Jennifer Zilisch RN, CBC (Certified Breastfeeding Counselor)

For more information on Mercy’s certified nurses, log on to the Mercy Clinton website at