Oswego Health receives national recognition for its support of perioperative nursing certification three years in a row

Pictured from left are: Barbara Chiasson, RN; Kathy Bulger, Senior RN; Jody Wood, Director of Surgical Services; and Lauren Miles, RN.

OSWEGO — Oswego Health announced that for the third year in a row, it has earned the CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI).

The CNOR Strong designation is given to facilities having at least 50% of its OR nursing staff CNOR certified and provides programs that reward and recognize its certified nurses.

The CNOR® certification program is for perioperative nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills and providing the highest quality care to their patients. Certification also recognizes a nurse’s commitment to professional development. It is an objective, measurable way of acknowledging the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation and RN licensure.

Research shows that nurses who earn the CNOR credential have greater confidence in their clinical practice. Thus, a team of certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice provides even more empowerment, further advancing a culture of professionalism and promoting improved patient outcomes. This strength in numbers is why CCI launched the CNOR Strong program; to recognize those facilities committed to making a difference for its patients both inside and outside of the OR.

“Patient safety and positive surgical outcomes are of the utmost importance to us and supporting our nurses as they exceed expectations to achieve their perioperative nursing certification,” said Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Valerie Favata. “We could not be prouder of our nursing team here at Oswego Health.”

Established in 1979, CCI provides the CNOR® and CSSM® credentials to more than 35,000 registered nurses, making it one of the largest specialty nursing credentialing organizations and the leading certification body for perioperative nurses. The mission of CCI is to lead competency credentialing that promotes safe, quality patient care and that supports lifelong learning.

For more information about the Competency and Credentialing Institute, visit www.cc-institute.org.

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