From left: Maria Shirey, ABNS; Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Jacobs, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN; LeighAnn Sidone, MSN, RN, OCN, CENP, director of Professional Practice and Nursing Quality; Virginia Schad, RN; Cathy Clark, RN
(Bethesda, Md.) - Citing Suburban Hospital’s innovative efforts to encourage nurses to achieve specialty certification, the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS) awarded the hospital its 2014 Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy. The ABNS, representing nearly half a million specialty certified registered nurses, is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving patient outcomes by promoting the value of certification.
“Increasing the number of certified nurses is an important goal for Suburban Hospital and our Nursing Professional Development Council, says LeighAnn Sidone, MSN, RN, OCN, CENP, director of Professional Practice and Nursing Quality. “As a result of many inventive strategies, the number of nurses who are now certified increased by 33 from the previous year, to today’s total of 186 certified nurses.”
“Nursing leadership at Suburban implemented creative programs to encourage and recognize specialty nursing certification throughout the hospital,” notes Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk, EdD, RN, chair of the ABNS Awards and Recognition Committee. “Their commitment and creativity made them stand out from the rest and we are honored to recognize them.”
The hospital also encourages certification by offering financial support for the exams and certification process, paid time off for nursing education, memberships that offer online test preparation, pay differentials, peer mentoring, special events and publicity to honor certificants.
“Every day we witness how our nurses are leading through shared governance, learning new skills and helping transform patient care,” says Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Jacobs, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN. “We are raising the bar for nursing professionalism with an increased number of nurses with specialty certification and advanced degrees. This combination creates the perfect platform to reach for new heights in nursing excellence at Suburban Hospital.”
ABNS President Maria Shirey presented the award to Suburban’s nursing leadership during its annual Nurses Week awards ceremony on May 6.
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 Northwest DC for more than 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 major health care organizations like the neighboring National Institutes of Health. For more information, find us on Facebook or visit suburbanhospital.org