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Hospital Achieves 100 Percent Board Certified Nurses

January 27, 2010

It is the only hospital in this region with a staff of 100% Board Certified Emergency Nurses.

Spring Hill, Florida – Oak Hill Hospital’s staff of emergency nurses has achieved 100% Board Certification by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®)
The Emergency Department Nursing Staff at Oak Hill Hospital prepared for months to take a rigorous exam to become recognized as “Board Certified Emergency Nurses,” by the Emergency Nurses Association.  All of the ED Registered Nurses took the exam just days after the National Emergency Nurses Association awarded the Oak Hill ED with the 2009 BCEN Honorary Recognition Award. It was the consensus of the BCEN Board of Directors that Oak Hill Hospital has truly demonstrated commitment and support of the Certified Emergency Nurse.

According to the Emergency Nurses Association, Oak Hill Hospital’s Emergency Department was the first Emergency Department in this region to achieve 100% Board Certification for its emergency nursing staff.

Bob Foster, RN, MSN (Master of Science in Nursing degree), MHA (Masters in Healthcare Administration degree), announced that 22 staff members are certified.

They are:  James Aemisegger, Candace Aubertin, Elizabeth Beaulieu, Claire Bell, James Eger, Lindsay Gibson, Larry Jackson, Lisa Kramer, Carolyn Larosa, Kim Loucks, Lisa Mathews, Barbara Meister, Michelle Melichar, Eric Melton, Christina Montgomery, Dee Null, Sherry Pope, Zoriana Rodgers, Sharon Stevens, Tracy Swetokos, Bonnie Thompson, Michael Ward

According to Jacqueline C. Stocking, Board Certified Emergency Nurses’ Board Member, in the September 2009 edition of Emergency Nurses Association’ ENA Connections magazine, Certification, as defined by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), is “the formal recognition of the specialized knowledge, skills, and experience demonstrated by the achievement of standards identified by a nursing specialty to provide optimum health outcomes.” ABNS believes specialty certification is the standard by which the public recognizes quality nursing care.

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