Medical Center of McKinney celebrated Certified Nurses Day by honoring its 65 board certified nurses for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care.
Nurses honored on March 19 included:
Allison Bailey, Nursing Administration; Anne Barnard, Education; Angela Barredo, Pscyhiatric Services; Criselda Basha, PCU; Julie Bell, Women’s; Aleyamma Binoy, Rehabilitation; Jean Biros, Education; Kimberly Black; Med/Surg; Misti Boone, Women’s; Jimmy Brumfield, Surgical Services; Oliva Bussey, Quality; Amy Cabral, Radiology; Carol Clark, Quality; Michelle Craven, Med/Surg; Sandra Day, PCU; Bindu Devasia, PCU; Sue Duthie, Women’s; Amanda Faggart, Women’s; Mary Fallahian, Women’s; Robin Gade, Women’s; Stacy Gaither-Tabor, Psychiatric Services; Stacey Geerdes, Orthopedics; Merylline Gerona, PCU; Marnie Gilliland, ICU; Alisha Grubbs, Quality; Carlene Headley-Obansa, PCU; Cindy Hoffman, Women’s; Gary Huey, Education; Elizabeth Jacob, Med/Surg; Helen Jones, Med/Surg; Sibi Joseph, Women’s; Laura Keller, ICU; Lisa Kenner, Quality; Martha Langham, Women’s; Sara Lee, Rehabilitation; Tom Lesnick, Psychiatric Services; Linda Linnig, Quality; Mark Lisonbee, Med/Surg; Jeff Ludlow, ICU; Sheryl McNeeley, Women’s; Kathy Meador, Quality; Shannon Mentel, Surgical Services; Victoria Miller, Surgical Services; Claudia Morales, Med/Surg; Shelly Morris, Women’s; Marci Morrow, Women’s; Laura Nix, Psychiatric Services; Israel Obansa, Surgical Services; Judith Olepere, Rehabilitation; Ann Oparaeke, ICU; Rachana Patel, Women’s; Emily Perez-Reyes, ICU; Norma Ramirez, Rehabilitation; Cindy Rigsby, Women’s; Cassidi Roberts, Emergency; Olga Skechus, ICU; Jennifer Summers; CVI Lab; John Summers, Quality; Jeannine Thompson, Education; Eddie Trisler, Nursing Administration; Aney Varghese; Med/Surg; June Varghese, Med/Surg; Geoffrey Wade, Emergency; Troy Wroe, Emergency; and Rebecca Xi, ICU.
Board Certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. Nursing, like health care in general has become increasingly complex. While a registered nurse (RN) license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse.
Medical Center of McKinney encourages national board certification for all its nurses. Patients are encouraged to inquire whether there are certified nurses on staff when they visit a hospital or their primary care provider. There are many nursing certification specialties such as medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others. Many nursing certification bodies exist to serve the full range of specialized nursing care offered in the contemporary health care system; national nurse-certifying bodies should be accredited by either the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA), or both.
Story submitted by Sally Huggins