About 300 nurses at Advocate Christ Medical Center and Advocate Childrens Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill., were honored March 19 on Certified Nurses Day for earning national board certification during 2012. According to a news release, the number of board-certified nurses at the medical center increased to more than 1,100 — or nearly half of the estimated 2,300 nurses on staff.
Although final numbers for 2012 have not yet been announced, last years addition of several hundred nurses to the ranks of those who hold national certifications ensures that the medical center — in both its adult and childrens hospitals — continues to exceed the Magnet benchmarks for advanced nursing education, Wendy Tuzik Micek, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, director of nursing science and Magnet program director for Christ Medical Center and Advocate Childrens Hospital, said in the release.
According to the release, 43% of direct-care nurses at Christ Medical Center and Advocate Childrens Hospital were nationally board-certified in 2011.
“Board certification plays a significant role in assuring our patients and their families that they will receive the highest standards of nursing care,” Lynn Hennessy RN, MS, MBA, NEA-BC, vice president for nursing services and chief nursing executive at Christ Medical Center, said in the release.
“Our commitment to advanced nursing education and the expectation that our nurses will continue to advance in their specialty training are among the reasons why we are a Magnet-designated center.”