Helen DeVos Children's Hospital has worked hard over the last several years, striving towards excellence by promoting certification. Their efforts have lead them to achieve the Magnet designation two years in a row as well as being recognized as one of CCI's 2018 TrueNorth Award Honorable Mentions. Boasting a high retention rate in the OR specifically, the facility has not had a need for travel nurses in several years of operation. We are pleased to feature Helen DeVos Children's Hospital (HDVCH) of Grand Rapids, MI as a Hospital Highlight on the CCI Blog.
As a Magnet designated facility, the HDVCH management and staff believe in the core principles. The facility strives to offer the safest possible care to their patients while providing an equally safe environment for staff. In line with this effort, HDVCH puts a great emphasis on the importance of lifelong learning in the nursing profession. As such, there are many opportunities for nurses who are interested in certification. For instance, the facility offers onsite study groups supporting nurses seeking certification. There are also several opportunities throughout each year to earn free continuing education contact hours simply by attending meetings. In addition to providing resources, HDVCH reimburses nurses for all fees associated with obtaining and maintaining certification.
HDVCH has placed such a strong significance on certification, many job descriptions now require the nurse to obtain certification within the first two years of hire. In addition, all leadership positions in the surgical services department also require certification, including charge nurses. Nurses employed by the facility must also achieve certification to advance on the EXCEL career ladder.
Once a nurse becomes certified at HDVCH, they are not forgotten. Not only are they supported in recertification through free CE offerings and reimbursement of fees, but they are also publicly recognized. Any nurse who achieves certification is celebrated in the weekly perioperative services newsletter. Plaques with the names of certified employees are also displayed proudly so they can be viewed by all employees, medical staff, patients, and families.
In addition to recognition, CNOR certified nurses are also chosen for specialty activities over non-certified nurses including serving as preceptors. Additional opportunities include the chance to work on trials for new products, or to serve on a safety committee. Certified nurses are sought out for safety committees as the nurses are directly involved in policy writing that direct care in the operating room. Outside of the facility, certified nurses present posters at the AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo as well as serve on their local AORN chapter board.
By encouraging those interested, supporting the study process for certification exams, recognizing success, and providing opportunities for certified nurses, HDVCH has made certification a top priority at their facility. These efforts have led to both a high retention rate among staff as well as national recognition as a 2018 TrueNorth Award Honorable Mention and Magnet designated facility.