The Pediatrics unit at New Hanover Regional Medical Center has recently become the first specialty area of the hospital to have 100 percent of its registered nurses earn certification in their practice area. With encouragement and support from hospital leadership, all 18 pediatric nurses and more than 300 nurses in other specialties at NHRMC currently hold advanced certifications, which means they have completed additional training and testing in their specialty fields.
“As the only hospital in our region with a Pediatric unit, we see ourselves as defining professional leadership in the care of children,” said pediatric nurse Wanda Bass. “That leadership is demonstrated by the sincere commitment to become the first unit at the medical center to have an all-certified nursing staff.”
Nurses at NHRMC are committed to raising the standard of patient care and challenge themselves constantly to develop their proficiency, said Christy Spivey, RN, Magnet Project Coordinator. To earn certification, nurses must complete a rigorous exam and maintain a minimal number of practice hours in their specialty. That extra training results in better patient care for their patients.
“Our community deserves the very best care,” said Mary Ellen Bonczek, Chief Nurse Executive. “Our nurses are part of the dedicated health care team that strives each day to bring patients that level of care and service.”
In addition to certifications, other opportunities are made available to nurses at New Hanover Regional that allow them to advance in their clinical practice, such as the Professional Nursing Ladder. The Professional Nursing Ladder program encourages registered nurses to complete quality improvement and educational projects that directly enhance the environment of care for the patient.
In the last year, there has been a 125 percent increase in the number of nurses applying to participate in this professional development program. Nurses are rewarded financially for achieving each level of the Professional Ladder.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center has continued promoting professionalism in nursing since becoming only the 70th hospital in the world to earn Magnet recognition. Advanced certifications and continuing professional development for nursing staff are keys for maintaining status as a Magnet hospital. Magnet designation is the highest designation available to hospitals by the American Nursing Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing.
“This means that our nurses are supported in seeking professional growth and empowered to make decisions that will improve patient care,” Spivey said. If you are interested in a career in nursing at a Magnet-certified medical facility, please call (910) 343-7049.