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Calais Regional Hospital Recognized Certified Nurses Day March 19

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Calais Regional Hospital celebrated Certified Nurses Day on March 19 by recognizing its board certified nurses. Between the hospital and Calais Regional Medical Services, 28% of the nursing staff is nationally certified. To recognize the achievement of these staff members, CRH Nursing Administration is placing a plaque in the Main Lobby area of the hospital listing the staff members and their credential information. As credentials are earned staff members names will be added to the plaque.

The following nurses were recognized for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care:
Cheryl Zwingman-Bagley, RN, MSN, NEA-BC (Nurse Executive Advanced)
Catherine Bailey-Scullin, CCRN (Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse)
Pam Beckett, RN-BC (Ambulatory Care Nursing)
Michael Bodkin, RN, CNOR (Certified Nurse Operating Room)
Vicki Clark, RNC (Med/Surg Registered Nurse Certified)
Marty Colson, RNC (Med/Surg Registered Nurse Certified)
Marlene Dobson, RNC-OB (Inpatient Obstetrics Nursing Certified)
Teena Dominie, RN, MSN, CPHQ (Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality)
Frances Holst, RNC (Med/Surg Registered Nurse Certified)
Paulette Meister, RN, CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor)
Dolly Newcomb, RN-BC (Gerontological Nursing)
Erica Pike, RN-BC (Case Management)
Anne Sluzenski, RNC (Med/Surg Registered Nurse Certified)
Kathleen Stevens, RN, CWCA (Certified Wound Care Associate)
Eleonore Sullivan, BSN, RN-BC (Ambulatory Care Nursing)
Ericka Tracy, RNC-OB (Inpatient Obstetrics Nursing Certified)
Heidi McCann, RNC (Med/Surg Registered Nurse Certified)

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.

Calais Regional Hospital encourages national board certification for 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, obstetrics, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others.

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