Mercy Medical Center is celebrating Certified Nurses Day, March 19 by honoring its board-certified nurses. The following nurses are being recognized for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care:

Patricia Amoroso, Becky Anderson, Shaiba Anil, Chika Anueyiagu, Doreen Archer, Nancy Ballas, Georgette Bingen, Joji Binu, Adriana Bond, Melissa Calvo, Colleen Campo, Indira Chanda, Patricia Conry, Maria Socorro Corona, Helen Crowley, Adele Cunningham, Lynn Egan, Barbara Follander, Susan Forestiero, Willis Gittens, Edward Gona, Lisa Good, Grace Grisafi, Lynne Hansen, Mariamma Jose, Katarzyna Karczmarska, Premwatte Kumar, Elizabeth Labarbera, Debbiann Langan, Helen Lusenskas, Flordeliza Manay, Margaret Manglirawan, Kathleen Mccaffrey, Karen Mckenna, Patrice Mckenna, Virginia Mcquade, Katia Metodiev, Kelly Mulholland, Aileen Nathan, Derrick Peart, Laura Petrigliano, Dolores Piscitelli, Francine Polimeni, Phyllis Provost, Margaret Quinn, Heather Rafferty, Marykutty Rajendranath, Annie Joy Roche, Eulene Rodie, Catherine Rosner, Diane Roveto, Michele L Ryker, Rosamma Saji, Parvathi Shankar, Sarajean Sheinin, Patricia Silne-Georges, Mary-Ellen Sloan, Martha Taylor, Lisa A Tomassetti, Miriam Velez, Nicole Webber, Marion Weber, Christine Wilson, Katarzyna Wydrzynska-Gruner, and Marlena Zyskowska.

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.

Mercy 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 healthcare 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.

Please join Mercy and the nation’s national nursing certification organizations in honoring those hardworking, dedicated nurses for their professionalism, and a job well done!

Mercy is recognized with the Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nursing Credentialing Center. For more information, call 516-62MERCY. v


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