GLOUCESTER, VA –Nursing is consistently rated at the top of the honest and ethical professions according to Gallup. Americans have been asked to rate the honesty and ethics of various professions annually since 1990, and periodically since 1976. Nurses have topped the list all but one year since they were first included in 1999. Since 2005, at least 80% of Americans have said nurses have high ethics and honesty, more so than any other profession.

Nursing is often described as an art and a science. The American Nurses Association defines nursing as "the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations." Nursing is a profession that offers many opportunities to advance and enhance your clinical practices. One of those opportunities is to become certified in a specialty area.

A Certified Nurse is one who has chosen a clinical specialty area to become certified in. Examples include Certified Critical Care (CCRN), Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) and Certified Medical Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) to name a few. Most certification programs are created, sponsored or affiliated with professional associations and trade organizations interested in raising standards of care. Certifications signify that a nurse possesses expert knowledge in their area of certification. 

Every March 19th employers, certification boards, education facilities, and health care providers celebrate and publicly acknowledge nurses who earn and maintain the highest credentials in their area of expertise and specialty by celebrating Certified Nurses Day™. Certified Nurses Day™honors nurses worldwide who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialty. A registered nurse (RN) license allows nurses to practice. Certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill, and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing in an area of specialty concentration.

Please join Riverside Walter Reed Hospital and the nation's national nursing certification organizations in honoring these hardworking, dedicated nurses for their professionalism, and dedication to their areas of Certification:

  • Randi Blymyer CEN
  • Jill Byrd RN, CCRN
  • Matt Callis RN, CMSRN
  • Victoria Cordaro CEN
  • Mary Ann Faulkner CMSRN
  • LaDonna Fry RN, CCRN
  • Kim Harper CEN
  • Meredith Holaday SGNA
  • John Horsting RN, CCRN
  • Heather Hoyt CMSRN
  • Chris Masiak CEN
  • Kathleen McCauley RN, CMSRN
  • Randy Pansch CNOR
  • Michelle Shepeluk RN, CCRN
  • Gina Thayer RN, CCRN
  • Lanell Williams RN, CCRN
  • Kathleen Varnell CNOR

Published: March 25, 2016