Certified nurses from Suburban Hospital’s Professional Development Council help unveil the new Certified Nursing wall exhibit. There are 156 certified nurses at Suburban Hospital, a number which has grown each year since 2009.
Bethesda, Md., (February 22, 2013) – Suburban Hospital recently unveiled a photo wall exhibit that pays tribute to its 156 certified nurses.
“Nurses worldwide contribute to better patient outcomes through national certification in their specialty,” said chief nursing officer Barbara Jacobs, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, CENP. “Since 2009, the number of certified nurses at Suburban Hospital has grown every year.”
To become certified, a nurse must spend a designated number of clinical hours in the specialty for which they are seeking certification, as defined by national nursing organizations. Many nurses at Suburban Hospital achieve certification while on the job through the hospital’s tuition reimbursement program.
Certification is not a one-time accomplishment. Every certified nurse must complete many hours of continuing education to maintain certification.
According to Jacobs, certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing. “Certification enables nurses to demonstrate their specialty expertise and validate their knowledge to employers and, most importantly, to patients.”
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 almost 70 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.