BETHESDA, Md. (March 16, 2010) - Suburban Hospital will celebrate Certified Nurses Day on Friday, March 19, 2010, by honoring the hospital's Board Certified nurses who have displayed professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellence in patient care. Suburban Hospital currently has 132 nurses certified in 26 different specialties.
Board Certification recognizes nurses who have met pre-defined educational requirements and have passed the board certification exam. Board Certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. Nursing, like healthcare in general, has become increasingly complex. While a registered nurse (RN) license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing requires extensive education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse.
Suburban Hospital encourages its nurses to become Board Certified by providing them, at no cost, an online review program for emergency and critical care specialties, online continuing education units (CEUs) through the nursing center, and reimbursing nurses for successfully completing the board certification exam.
There are many nursing certification specialties such as medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others. Many nursing certification bodies exist to serve the full range of specialized nursing care offered in the contemporary health care system; national nurse-certifying bodies should be accredited by either the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA), or both.
About Suburban Hospital
Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a not-for-profit, community-based hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, that has served Montgomery County and the surrounding area for more than 65 years. Suburban Hospital is distinguished by a cutting-edge stroke program; level II trauma center; centers of excellence in cardiac care, orthopedics and joint replacement surgery, neurosciences and oncology; state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools; and affiliations with world-class institutions, including the neighboring National Institutes of Health.
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