Oak Hill Hospital October 25, 2019

Oak Hill Hospital proudly announces that it is the recipient of the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing's (BCEN) 2019 National Certification Champion Award in the Large Healthcare Organization category. The hospital was recognized on October 2 during the Emergency Nursing 2019 Conference in Austin, Texas, at the annual BCEN Certification Recognition breakfast.

"Emergency nurses and organizations that support and advocate for their peers and staff to become board certified are growing and sustaining an expert emergency nurse workforce," said BCEN Executive Director Janie Schumaker, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC. "BCEN is pleased to recognize the winners for their professionalism, innovation and heartfelt dedication to providing the best possible care," she added. During the award breakfast the following awards were presented:

* Distinguished CEN Award * Distinguished CPEN Award * National Certification Champion Awards in three categories: small healthcare, large healthcare and healthcare system

In making the announcement to Oak Hill Hospital the BCEN news release stated that "each winner demonstrated a commitment to excellence in pursuing advanced emergency nursing knowledge and expertise through board certification, showed exceptional achievement in designing and implementing effective and innovative practices and programs to encourage, support and recognize emergency nursing specialty certification, and demonstrated the impact of a board certified emergency nurse workforce on patient, nurse and organization outcomes."

Board certification, which independently validates a nurse's specialty knowledge and expertise, based on rigorous national standards, is nursing's highest professional credential. Board Certification of eligible nurses is a requirement of the Emergency Room at Oak Hill Hospital. Currently, 93 percent of Oak Hill Hospital's eligible emergency room nurses are board certified, with the other eligible nurses scheduled to take their board certification test. One hundred percent of Oak Hill Hospital's nursing leaders are board certified in a specialty.

"Our nurses know that to provide the best, evidence-based care to our community, they need to continue their professional development," said Kimberly Loucks, RN BSN CEN, Director of Emergency Services. "Their commitment to raising the standards of emergency room care is why the doctors, advanced practice professionals, EMS professionals, and our patients trust us and why we saw more than 62,275 visits to our emergency room in 2018."