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Mount Desert Island Hospital is celebrating Certified Nurses Day, March 19, 2013, by honoring its board certified nurses. More than 40 nurses at MDI Hospital are board certified, representing nearly half of hospital’s nurse team.

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 (RN) 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.

For Cooper-Gilmore Health Center anticoagulation clinic nurse Susan Kelley, RN-BC, getting board certified in Care Managemenet was the impetus to go back to school to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Kelley said she wanted to get certified because “it proves that you are continuing your education and you’re able to stay current.” For Kelley, her success with certification was the encouragement she needed to enroll in the RN to BSN program at St. Joseph’s College. “It gave me the confidence to go back to school.”

MDI Hospital 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 either the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA), or both.

Please join MDI Hospital and the nation’s national nursing certification organizations in honoring those hardworking, dedicated nurses for their professionalism, and a job well done! The following nurses are being recognized for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care:

Albert, Enoch RN-BC

Beaudoin, Jim CNOR

Bell, Allison RN, BSN, HNB-BC

Boal, Jeff RN, BSN, CFRN

Bourque, Pamela  RN, CLC

Caine, Pam BSN RN-BC

Chasse, Beverly PMH, CNS

Clauson, Melanie  RN,OCN

Corrigan, Betsy RN, MSN,PCCN

Costello, Chris  RN, CEN

Crowell, Linda FNP, CEN

Cullen, Sue  RN, CLC

Da Corte, Ellen  RN, CLC

DelVecchio, Angie FNP

Diano, Ann  RN, CNOR

Erickson, Ralph CRNA

Gaynor, Gayle RN, CLC, RNC

Glass, Mary  RN, CLC

Hall, Sherri  RN, CDE

Hannon, Barbara RN, MSN, NE-BC, CENP

Hawes, Karen  RN-BC

Hendricks, Laura PMHNP, CNS

Horton, Janice RN, CLC

Katherine Lawson FNP

Kelley, Susan RN-BC

Lyakhovich, Lenny RN, CNOR

Lundquist, Bonnie  ANP, CNS

MacIntosh, Joyce RN, OCN

Mahaney, Lesley CEN

Mann, Diane RN-BC

Napier, Anne Ed.D RN, MSN, CNS, PMHCNS

O'Brien, Cyndi OCN

Price, Chris CRNA

Riley, Patricia FNP

Robinson, Linda CNM

Schleif, Chris FNP

Sharp, Rachael CRNA

Smith, Brenda RN, MS, RN-BC

Whittier, Gayle RN, CCM

Wignall, Eileen RN, CEN

Witwer, Heidi  RN, BSN, RN-BC

Young, Jean  RN, CEN

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