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Sarah Bush Lincoln Receives National Recognition for Perioperative Nursing Certification

February 20, 2019 3:25 p.m.

Sarah Bush Lincoln is pleased to announce it has recently earned the CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). The CNOR Strong designation is given to organizations at which at least 50 percent of its operating room nursing staff is CNOR (Certified Nurse Operating Room) certified, and provides programs that reward and recognize its certified nurses.

The CNOR® certification program is for perioperative nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills, and providing the highest quality care to their patients. Certification also recognizes a nurse’s commitment to professional development. It is an objective, measurable way of acknowledging the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation and RN licensure.

Sarah Bush Lincoln President & CEO Jerry Esker said, “I couldn’t be more proud of our nursing staff. It is always seeking ways to enhance care and improve the quality of our organization. Our patients are always the winners when our staff members do the extra work to learn and expand their knowledge.”

Research shows that nurses who earn the CNOR credential have greater confidence in their clinical practice. Thus, a team of certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice provides even more empowerment, further advancing a culture of professionalism and promoting improved patient outcomes. This strength in numbers is why CCI launched the CNOR Strong program; to recognize those facilities committed to making a difference for its patients both inside and outside of the OR.

Patient safety and positive surgical outcomes are of the utmost importance to an organization, and supporting nurses as they exceed expectations to achieve their perioperative nursing certification shows Sarah Bush Lincoln’s commitment to its core values.

Established in 1979, CCI provides the CNOR® and CSSM® credentials to more than 35,000 registered nurses, making it one of the largest specialty nursing credentialing organizations and the leading certification body for perioperative nurses. The mission of CCI is to lead competency credentialing that promotes safe, quality patient care and that supports lifelong learning.

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