A total of 304 nurses at Advocate Christ Medical Center and Advocate Childrens Hospital in Oak Lawn earned board certification during 2013, according to a hospital news release.
This groups achievements swell the total number of board-certified nurses at the medical center to about 1,400 of the estimated 2,300 nurses on staff.
The addition of several hundred nurses to the ranks of those who hold national certifications ensures the medical center in both its adult and childrens hospitals continues to exceed the Magnet benchmarks for advanced nursing education, according to Wendy Tuzik Micek, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, director of nursing science and Magnet program director for Christ Medical Center and Advocate Childrens Hospital-Oak Lawn.
It is exciting to see that our adult and childrens hospitals continue to be leaders in exceeding the Magnet benchmarks for board certification, Tuzik Micek said in the release. Board certification contributes to higher standards of patient care. We believe our nurses who choose to achieve professional certification deserve recognition and appreciation.
The most recent data indicate 63% of direct-care nurses at Christ Medical Center and Advocate Childrens Hospital-Oak Lawn are nationally board-certified. The national Magnet benchmark for direct-care nurses working at hospitals the size of Christ Medical Center is 43.9%.
Among those classified as nursing leaders at Christ Medical Center and Advocate Childrens Hospital-Oak Lawn, 76% have earned their board certification; the national Magnet benchmark is 74.1% for leaders.
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 CNE, 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.
To earn national board certification in a particular specialty, such as pediatric nursing, medical-surgical nursing, pain management, oncology, cardiovascular nursing, emergency care and critical care, a nurse must undergo a period of extensive education and training, followed by successful completion of rigorous testing. National nurse-certifying agencies are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification or the National Organization for Competence Assurance.