NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, Manhattan, recently honored nurses who hold certifications at an event in advance of National Certified Nurses Day. The hospitals recruitment and retention council planned and coordinated the event to increase staff awareness of the importance of certification, according to a news release.
Certification represents excellence, and it is one of our core values, Vice President of Nursing and Patient Services Ann Vanderberg, RN, MA, MBA, NEA-BC, said in her welcoming remarks. When a registered nurse obtains certification in his or her specialty, it demonstrates a commitment to this core value and assists the organization in achieving its vision of a patient-centered, world-class, academic medical center.
The hospital reported 168 of its nurses, or 44.8%, have earned and maintained a total of 224 certifications.
The celebration focused on the national theme Professionalism, Excellence, Recognition and Service. The theme was expanded to include Education. The PEERS theme led to the events question of the day: Are your peers certified? Certification materials and unit posters were displayed in the main lobby during the event.
Staff interested in obtaining certification for the first time or additional certifications had the opportunity to speak with an RN coach.
Five staff members presented on what certification has meant to them, including Juanita Vergara, RN, BSN, ONC, staff nurse in the Center for Children/Ambulatory Care Services.
Certification establishes professionalism, shows evidence of professional growth, validates mastery of skills, knowledge, critical thinking and problem-solving ability, Vergara said in the release. Professionalism is not the job you do, its how you do the job.
Certification validates clinical knowledge and demonstrates commitment to patients, families, peers and employers, said Andres Villaluna, RN, BSN, ONC, CCRN, CPAN.