CCI has been very busy working with the Healthcare Corporation of America (HCA) this year to increase the number of certified perioperative nurses employed within their facilities. With this partnership, we have had the opportunity to present several CNOR Exam Prep Courses over the last year, one of which recently took place at The Medical Center of Aurora (main campus).
The Medical Center of Aurora is Denver’s first community hospital to earn two-time Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence and has also been recognized as Colorado’s only 2016 Leapfrog Top General Hospital. As a facility dedicated to the care and improvement of all human life, they are committed to keeping their employees motivated to remain involved with patient care. In addition to offering many benefits ranging from healthcare to continued education, The Medical Center of Aurora developed the ICARE Award to recognize and acknowledge employees for the work they do on a daily basis. ICARE stands for Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence – the core values of the facility. Anyone can nominate an employee, physician, or volunteer when they witness a moment that demonstrates these values. Additional opportunities for recognition include an Employee of the Month Award, Employee of the Year Award, and Leader of the Year Award.
Very aware of the important role nurses play in their overall mission, The Medical Center of Aurora has worked hard to show appreciation for and support to their nurses. For instance, the facility offers two scholarships to its nurses each year, one specific to registered nurses and one for certified nursing assistants. In addition to providing funds for scholarships and opportunities to earn CEs, The Medical Center of Aurora supports nurses within their specific specialties as well.
CCI recently had the honor to work with the Director of Surgical Services, Nancy Wolfmeier, to coordinate a CNOR Exam Prep Course hosted at the facility. To present the course, Nancy arranged for CCI to use one of the facility’s classrooms over two days providing an exceptional learning environment to all who attended. The Medical Center of Aurora also arranged for representatives of the facility to join and further assist the class, as well as served breakfast and lunch for all instructors and attendees. By offering such exceptional opportunities, HCA allows its nurses to focus on their professional development and be the best they can possibly be in their roles.
Truly recognizing the need for specialty nurses, particularly in the OR, The Medical Center of Aurora has established OR positions which support growth initiatives in the thoracic, orthopedic, head and neck, colorectal, robotics, and vascular areas, among others. Additional support provided to the facility’s nurses includes sign-on bonuses, as well as reimbursement for certification and education.
The Medical Center of Aurora is extremely dedicated to the advancement and continued growth of their staff, nurses included. On their website, they state, “excellent nurses deliver excellent care,” and we know they truly believe this through the programs and procedures they have set in place.