SOMC Recognizes Certified Nurses for Enhanced Patient Care

March 19 is annually celebrated around the country as Certified Nurses Day—a time to thank and recognize certified nurses for bringing an increased value and quality of work to their organization.

Southern Ohio Medical Center will use this day as an opportunity to honor the hospital’s 170 board certified nurses who provide excellent care to their patients every day.

“It is my pleasure to express gratitude for the proficiency and leadership our nurses demonstrate through achieving and maintaining national board certification in their specialty,” Chief Nursing Officer Claudia Burchett, vice president of SOMC Nursing Services, said. “Nurses represent one of the most critical and essential components of our modern healthcare system and we are very proud of their hard work, dedication and professionalism toward providing excellent patient care at SOMC.”

Certification, as defined by the American Board of Nursing Specialties, is the formal recognition of the knowledge, skills and experience demonstrated by achieving the standards identified to promote optimal health results in a nursing specialty.

Studies have even linked certification to the quality of patient care, stating that certified nurses earn enhanced credibility and can directly impact such important care-related issues as falls, pressure ulcers, and pain knowledge.

“When nurses acquire additional certification, it creates an environment of specialized competency that can’t always be achieved through other means, adding strength to a person’s nursing abilities and contribution toward patient care,” Valerie DeCamp, director of SOMC Inpatient Services, said. “This day gives us a chance to recognize and encourage nurses to pursue this step in their careers.”

“We realize that it takes personal dedication and persistence to achieve and maintain certification, and we value all of our certified employees for their commitment to excellence,” Burchett added. “Our hospital is very grateful for their continued efforts and strides in creating an environment of enhanced patient care.”