(Belleville, IL) – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital will recognize the unique contributions of certified nurses on Certified Nurses Day, March 19.  Across the hospital and UrgiCare, there are a total of 70 colleagues who have achieved this level of certification.
Certification validates a nurse’s specialty knowledge for practice in a defined functional or clinical area of nursing. It also benefits patients and their families by confirming that the nurse caring for them has demonstrated experience, knowledge and skills in their complex specialty.
According to data collected by the American Board of Nursing Specialties in 2016, more than 768,917 nurses in the United States and Canada held certifications, an increase of more than 51,414 certificants compared to 2015 survey data. These certifications were granted by 22 certifying organizations and represent 120 different credentials.
Currently, more than 102,000 certified acute and critical care nurses hold AACN Certification Corporation’s credentials: CCRN, PCCN, CCRN-E, CCRN-K, PCCN-K, CMC, CSC, CCNS, ACNPC, ACNPC-AG, ACCNS-AG, ACCNS-P, ACCNS-N and CNML.
Certified Nurses Day is an annual worldwide event dedicated to celebrating certification as a means to ensure high standards of patient care and to promote continuing excellence in the nursing profession. Initially proposed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the day honors the birthday of the late Margretta “Greta” Madden Styles, an international pioneer of nursing certification who designed the first comprehensive study of nurse credentialing. 
“Our certified RN colleagues continually contribute their time and skills to numerous quality and patient safety projects throughout our hospital,” adds Elizabeth Govero, RN MSN CMSRN
Chief Nursing Officer at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “It is through their ongoing pursuit of excellence that we continue to achieve quality outcomes for our patients.”
The certified nurses from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital that will be honored include:
Administration - Peggy Sebastian, FACHE
Care Coordination - Kris Albers, CPHQ; Ann Cannaday, CHPN; Paula Elliott, ACM; Pamela Erwin-Tijerina, CLNC; LeeAnn Felts, CCDS; Angela Libell, BC; Deborah Mentz, CCDS; Suzanne Muren, CCDS; and Crystal Wadsworth, CCM
Cath Lab - Colleen Albrecht, CEN
CCU - Carla Grandcolas, CCRNMichael Kaiser, CCRN; Cassie Overturf, CCRN; Rachel Pelato, CMSRN; Sara Weber CCRN; SarahBeth Wiesner, CSRN; and JoAnn Wittenauer, CCRN
Emergency Department - Vicki Hamer, CPN and Amanda Ernst, TNCC
Infection Prevention - Carol Vance, CIC
Infusion Services - Sharon Haege, CRNI, ONC and Debbie Milburn, ONC
Medical/Surgical - Erin Eberhart, CDE; Donna Mathews, ONC; and Joan Wegener, ONC
Mother Child Center - Brittany Baquet, C-EFM; Tasha Bean, CLC; Julie Brooks, CLC; Jennifer Cates, CLC; Molly Fassbinder, C-EFM; Mary Finley, CLC; Robin Hartmann, RNC-OB, C-EFM; Marnie Lysaker, CLC; Cory Persons, CLC; Connie Thompson, RNC-OB, C-EFM; Heather Tomaszewski, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CLC; and Sarah Winet, C-EFM, CLC
Nursing Administration - Beth Govero, CMSRNand Alison Kennedy, SCRN
Out Patient Surgery - Angie Labadie, CPAN
PACU - Joni Hall, CNOR
Pain Management - Dana Jarvis, CMSRN
PCU - Star Beattie, PCCN; Lora Mullen, PCCN; and Shaun Poddig, CMSRN
Quality - Kelly Brent, CPHQ; Heather Eherenman, CPHQ; and Carrie Erlinger, CPHQ, CLSSBB
Radiology - Kristal Story, CCRN, CSC, CSRN
Staff Development - Peggy Boron, RNC-OB; Jennifer Davis, CNOR; and Julie Gordon, CCRN
Surgery - Ellen Dobbs, CNOR; Elizabeth Ellet, CNOR; Melanie Fundis, CNOR; Tania Hardt, CNOR; Janice Heim, CNOR; Paul Lee, CNOR; Doris Meadows, CNOR, CRNFA; Sharon Meister, CNOR; Joyce Neff, CNOR; Debra Owens, CNOR; Tara Riesenberger, CNOR; Linda Sutterer, CNOR; Linda Tolar, CNOR; Janet Toohey, CNOR; and Amanda Warwick, CNOR
Urgent Care - Rachel Dulaney, CCRN and Sue Weber, CEN

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