03/19/2010

WVU Hospitals celebrates Certified Nurses Day

More than 280 board-certified nurses to be honored

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Hospitals is celebrating Certified Nurses Day today (March 19) by honoring its board-certified nurses. More than 280 nurses are being recognized for their professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellence in patient care.
 
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 healthcare in general, has become increasingly complex. While a registered nurse (RN) license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive post-secondary, continuing education as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence.  
 
WVUH encourages national board certification for all its nurses.

“Certified Nurses Day recognizes all nurses who have obtained certification in their specialties. It’s a verification of an individual’s knowledge related to their specialty. For nurses, it demonstrates that they are very motivated and self directed,” Dottie Oakes, R.N., WVUH vice president and chief nursing executive, said. “The exam they must pass in order to become board certified is very challenging and verifies their expertise in their specialty.”

There are more than 50 nursing certification specialties such as medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others. Many nursing certification bodies exist to serve the full range of specialized nursing care offered in the contemporary healthcare system. National nurse-certifying bodies should be accredited by either the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA), or both.   
 
For more information on nursing at WVUH see http://health.wvu.edu/employment/Nursing/index.aspx.
 

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For more information:
Kim Fetty, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
fettyki@wvuh.com
kf: 03-17-10

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