Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center will celebrate Certified Nurses Day Saturday by recognizing more than 40 nurses on staff for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care.
Certified Nurses Day is set aside to honor nurses who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialty.
A registered nurse license allows nurses to practice, but certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill, and practice to meet the ever-changing challenges of modern nursing.
On Thursday, certification boards, education facilities and healthcare providers worldwide celebrate and publicly acknowledge nurses who earn and maintain the highest credentials in their specialty.
“It is increasingly important for nurses to become certified in their area of practice,” said Sally Davenport, chief nursing officer and patient safety officer at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. “Certification helps ensure that patients and their loved ones receive a high standard of care.”
There are many nursing certification specialties such as medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others.