ROCKINGHAM — FirstHealth of the Carolinas is celebrating Certified Nurses Day on March 19 by honoring its board-certified nurses. FirstHealth’s Certified Nurses will be recognized for their professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellence in patient care.
Board Certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. Nursing, like health care in general, has become increasingly complex. While a registered nurse license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse.
FirstHealth of the Carolinas — which includes FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital–Hoke in Raeford, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital–Richmond in Rockingham and FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial Hospital in Troy — encourages national board certification for all its nurses. Patients are encouraged to inquire whether there are certified nurses on staff when they visit a hospital or their primary care provider. 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. Many nursing certification bodies exist to serve the full range of specialized nursing care offered in the contemporary health care system; national nurse-certifying bodies should be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification or the National Organization for Competence Assurance.
“We value specialty certification and the staff effort that goes into achieving and maintaining certification,” says Allison Duckworth, R.N., nursing executive at MRH–Richmond. “The staff who make this commitment to professional growth help to improve patient outcomes and serve as a resource to our patients, families and nursing peers.”
Please join FirstHealth and the nation’s national nursing certification organizations in honoring those hardworking, dedicated nurses for their professionalism and a job well done.
(Note: This story has been updated to add a quote.)