This month we honor CCI’s board president, Marie H. Paulson, RN, BSN, MS, CNOR, CSSM, CPPS. Marie is a highly motivated and engaged perioperative leader who is committed to impacting the perioperative field through promotion of certification. CCI has benefited from Marie’s involvement for many years, as she’s given of her time and talents through service on numerous CCI committees, and board leadership positions.
Parker Adventist Hospital is one of the 2018 TrueNorth Award Honorable Mention recipients. Located in Parker, CO, this recently designated Magnet facility is dedicated to providing a supportive environment for nurses both pursuing certification and those that have already earned the CNOR credential.
Preparing for a certification exam can seem overwhelming. To help ease the stress and guide you in the right direction, CCI has developed a list of five must-have resources to best prepare for the CNOR exam.
CCI's TrueNorth Award was created to recognize those organizations that use CNOR certification to guide their perioperative nursing staff to be lifelong learners, models of competent practice, and advocates for excellence and patient safety. Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital of Orlando Health does this well. A first-time applicant for the TrueNorth Award, Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital stood out and impressed judges with the ways they support and promote certification amongst their perioperative nurse staff. In fact, their 2018 TrueNorth Award application was so impressive, they were named this year's TrueNorth Award Runner Up and received a recent visit from CCI's CEO Dr. James Stobinski. Their commitment to perioperative certification has shown through in numerous ways.
Inspiring and determined nurse Renee Hilderbrand, RN, MSN, CNOR, RNFA, has been working in the perioperative field for over 35 years, making a definite impact along the way. Her passion for perioperative nursing eventually brought her to Northern California where she has assisted in the training of hundreds of perioperative nurses.
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).
When asking perioperative nurses what they love about the profession there are a few popular answers we have heard more than once. Two of the most common responses include the opportunities for specialty practice within the OR as well as being an advocate for the patient when they need it most. These two aspects, along with several others, first drew Christina Dempsey to the operating room more than 30 years ago.
Certification is a pretty broad term; however, few truly understand the importance of certification and how it can benefit them personally. The ultimate goal of the various perioperative certifications CCI offers is to create a culture of patient safety and extraordinary care. Seen as an asset to the field of nursing, certification benefits the entire healthcare community-- from the patient and the nurse to the employer and hospital administrator. But why should YOU become certified as a perioperative nurse? Well here are our top 10 reasons why...
1. You ❤️️ Your Patients
You are a caring nurse who truly wants to provide the best possible care for your patients. As mentioned, the primary goal of certification is to create a culture of patient safety and extraordinary care. By investing in certification, you are committing yourself to enhancing the quality of care you provide.
For this month's Hospital Highlight we are pleased to feature the 2017 TrueNorth Award recipient, Stamford Hospital. Located in Stamford, CT, this TrueNorth applicant impressed CCI, the TrueNorth Board, and judges alike with the innovative programs and procedures in place, particularly within their perioperative departments. Determined to provide high-quality health care, Stamford works hard to support their staff and encourage professional advancement, including an emphasis around the importance of obtaining certification.
Perioperative nursing provides some of the most stimulating and challenging opportunities within the nursing world. There many roles that can be taken within perioperative nursing, each with its own specific and important tasks, skills, and responsibilities. Some OR nurses may be responsible for preoperative care, taking care of the planning and prep of surgery, while others may be in the room, handing each tool directly to the surgeon.
With a wide range of roles within the operating room, and ever evolving equipment and techniques used in the field, perioperative nursing is a career that not only encourages continued learning, it requires it. But how does one continue to build the confidence and credibility required of a successful nurse? One way is through certification, or in other words, by becoming CNOR-certified.