MIDDLETOWN – Orange Regional Medical Center celebrated Certified Nurses Day on Wednesday, March 19 by honoring its board certified nurses. This year, nearly 300 nurses were recognized for their professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellence in patient care.
Board certification of nurses play an increasingly important role as it assures high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. While a registered nurse license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements necessitates extensive education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse.
Orange Regional encourages national board certification for all its nurses and patients are encouraged to inquire whether there are certified nurses on staff when they visit the hospital or their primary care provider. Board certification recognizes the nurses who have met the educational preparation required for the role, the specialty practice requirement and those who have passed the board certification exam.
"Board certification signifies expert knowledge. I commend our certified nurses for their commitment to their professional development and for providing exceptional patient care," says Orange Regional’s Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Joanne Ritter-Teitel.
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.