Calvert Memorial is celebrating National Certified Nurses Day March 19 by honoring its 91 board certified nurses who have achieved national certification in 25 specialty areas.
“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate them on a job well done,” said Robert McWhirt, vice president for nursing at Calvert Memorial Hospital. “Achieving national certification is an impressive accomplishment.”
“It shows an advanced level of knowledge, skills and abilities,” he added, “that contributes to better patient outcomes.” Other hospital leaders echoed his kudos.
“I want to commend these nurses for their commitment to excellence,” said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis. “They play a critical role in the high quality of patient care provided at Calvert Memorial Hospital.”
“We appreciate the dedication of our entire nursing team,” said Dr. Barbara Estes, chief of the medical staff at CMH, “and pay special recognition to those who continue to challenge themselves academically in pursuit of becoming the very best nurses they can be."
According to Karen Seekford, clinical nurse educator at CMH, there is a lot of extra work that goes into becoming certified. “These nurses have completed the necessary clinical hours, spent additional time studying and preparing and have passed a rigorous board exam.” Additionally, they must meet the continuing education requirements and clinical practice hours to maintain the certification.
While certification offers professional advancement and personal fulfillment most nurses said they do it for their patients.
“I want our patients to have confidence in the people taking care of them,” said Valerie Bowen, certified post anesthesia nurse.
Stephanie Green, progressive care certified nurse, said, “I became certified to enhance my critical thinking knowledge to provide better care for my patients.”
Thirty-one CMH board certified nurses joined together for a group photo. Pictured below, left to right, (front row) are: Kendra Johnson, Betty Ellis, Tammy Hornick, Diane Couchman, Sharon Olup, Michaela Marcellana, Pilar Crook, Robert McWhirt, Ana Vanmourik-Maddox, Alice Womble, Coleen Damalouji, Kelly Mattingly, Sharon Owens (back row) Molly Ridgeway, Karen Seekford, Valerie Bowen, Dorothea Garris, Donna Arnstein, Rose Essex, Jean Marie Ricks, Jennifer Cotner, Nichole Pieters, Stephanie Green, Michele Richardson, Yvonne Dawkins, Lisa Pumphrey, Lenora Painter, Elizabeth Graves, Marilyn Montgomery, Laura Price & Jamie Sammons.
Those not able to attend were Marsha Aranda, Mary Balkwill, Jason Barr, Sandra Bell, Helen Burroughs, Lisa Butler, Jennifer Caldwell, Steve Colvin, Joann Dahle, Susan Dohony, Holly Dooley, Justine Ellerman, Celeste Fusco, Bernadette Garrett, Patricia Gauch, Jennifer Goldsmith, Dawn Graves, Chris Halt, Darla Hardy, Beverly Heaney, Michele Hill, Judith Jones, Winnie Karris, Pam Kraemer, Jennifer Lankford, Carol Leal, Linda Libby, Vicky Lock, Robin Madera, Michelle Marnane, Maureen McCurry, Kelly McKenny, Thelma Martinez, Diann Mishou, Karen Mohler, Karen Mondorff, MacKenzie Mowery, Michelle Nation, Pamela Niland, Linda O’Brien, Eileen O’Steen, Susan Perciasepe, Barbara Perry, Ruth Pollock, Peggy Purdy, Darleen Reinking, Sharyn Rennick, Amanda Roche, Renee Sbrocco, Rebecca Searle, Catherine Selig, Wanda Settle, Christine Shipley, Kirsten Sleeth, Jennifer Spelta, Jennifer Stinson, Cindy Tucker, Linda Walton, Cheryl Windsor and Eva Winterwerp.