Naval Hospital Bremerton certified nurses were acknowledged for their specialized achievements with Certified Nurses Day on March 19, 2018.
Certified Nurses Day is an annual worldwide event dedicated to celebrating certification as a means to ensure high standards of patient care and to promote continuing excellence in the nursing profession.
“Our nurses made me proud. All the certifications we have here, active duty as well as our civilian colleagues, shows we are committed to excellence,” said Capt. Johannes Bailey, Director of Nursing Services and certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
Bailey attests that there are many benefits by a nurse attaining additional certification, such as demonstrating a commitment to increase their skill, knowledge and experience in mastering acute and critical care specialties.
“It also shows patients our commitment to our profession,” added Cmdr. Jill Skeet, certified nurse operating room (CNOR).
There are approximately 75 certified nurses – more than 60 percent – out of approximately 114 military and civilian nurses assigned to Naval Hospital Bremerton including Branch Health Clinic (BHC) Bangor, BHC Everett and BHC Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, with nearly 90 certifications in more than 30 specialties. NHB’s percentage total is more than triple the national average of 20 percent certified.
“You don’t typically see this many certified nurses at a community hospital like NHB. Being a certified nurse calls for a high level of commitment to maintain. Our nurses are driven purely by the desire for excellence,” explained Capt. Thecly Scott, NHB executive officer and the holder of three certifications as a certified nurse-midwife, women’s health care nurse practitioner, and certified electronic fetal monitoring.
The board certification focuses on such disciplines as medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiovascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, and critical care specialties.
What made this year’s Certified Nurses Day unique as is it directly honors the enduring legacy of Margretta ‘Gretta’ Madden Styles, Doctor of Education, Registered Nurse and Fellow of the American Academy Nursing (1903-2005). March 19 is Styles’ birthday, and she became known as the ‘Mother of Nurse Credentialing’ as a visionary scholar who made an endearing, international impact on the nursing profession.
“This is a big deal in the nursing profession. The added level of expertise and credibility that comes with certification is truly a force multiplier for Navy Medicine. Our board certified nurses make a difference every day whether they serve on ship or shore. They all have an important role in the assurance of high standards of care for our patients and their loved ones. To all of our certified nurses, thank you for your service excellence, dedication, and care you provide to our patients. It is an honor to serve with you,” said Capt. Jeffrey Bitterman, NHB commanding officer.
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