Long Island Community Hospital celebrated the unique contributions of certified nurses for Certified Nurses Day on March 19. During the special day, the hospital took the opportunity to recognize and thank 38 of their own Nurses and Case Managers, in 19 advanced practice categories.
“Certification validates, to both our patients and their families, that the nurse caring for them has demonstrated experience, knowledge and skills in the complex specialties of acute and critical care,” states Long Island Community Hospital President and CEO, Richard T. Margulis. “It also speaks volumes to our commitment to quality and compassionate care. I thank each of them for their extraordinary efforts and for serving as an example for all to follow.”
During the celebration, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Debra Grimm announced that 21 additional nurses would be receiving advanced certification education thanks to a Workforce Grant from Empire State Development, secured by the hospital’s Development team.
Certification validates a nurse’s specialty knowledge for practice in a defined functional or clinical area of nursing. According to data collected by the American Board of Nursing Specialties in 2016, more than 769,917 nurses in the United States and Canada held certifications. These certifications were granted by 28 certifying organizations and represent 144 different credentials. Currently, approximately 120,000 certified acute and critical care nurses hold AACN Certification Corporation’s credentials, such as CCRN, CCRN-K, CCRN-E, PCCN, PCCN-K, ACNPC, ACNPC-AG, CCNS, ACCNS-AG, ACCNS-P, ACCNS-N, CMC and CSC.
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.
Long Island Community Hospital has served this richly diverse region as a patient-first community hospital for more than 60 years. We are 100% focused on the community and committed to providing quality care with our greatly enhanced services reflected through the Knapp Cardiac Care Center – our highly advanced heart disease diagnosis and treatment facility, our new modern surgical pavilion, our level III trauma center, and our high-touch services including women’s imaging, sleep laboratory, wound care and more. These services are delivered with the highest level of compassion by our LI Community Hospital staff – Long Islanders with an unmistakable mix of courage and heart who care about the people right here in our community and whose sole purpose is to provide personalized comfort.