Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, Wis.  –  HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls recently earned the Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR®) Strong designation from the Competency and Credentialing Institute. This international designation is a mark of distinction and demonstrates a commitment to upholding the highest standards in patient safety. 

CNOR® designation is given to facilities in which more than 50% of eligible nurses have obtained CNOR® credentials. The process for a nurse to become credentialed in the specialized field of perioperative care requires a minimum of two years of perioperative nursing experience and includes a rigorous exam that assesses the nurse’s knowledge and skills. 

Perioperative care refers to the collaborative care provided to a patient from the time of surgical admission to when the patient goes home. 

“I am proud to say 64% of our hospitals’ operating room nurses have obtained the CNOR® credential,” says Stacey Powell, director of surgical services at HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. “This demonstrates our colleagues’ dedication to patient safety and efforts to advance their skill and education in their specialty field.” 

CNOR® certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice further a culture of professionalism and advanced outcomes in surgical patient recovery. An estimated 40,000 nurses around the world hold the CNOR® credential.



About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.

About HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1885, it has served the people of the Chippewa Falls area with health care that is high tech and high touch. Known locally for the quality of the care it provides patients, the hospital has been recognized nationally for its outstanding patient satisfaction levels. 

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states - Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries,  and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.

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