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GAINESVILLE, Texas – North Texas Medical Center in Gainesville 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:

Amber Cole – Certified Lactation Counselor
Jenny Corcoran – CNOR
Jimae Eakins – Electronic Fetal Monitoring
Bonnie Hess – HCAP
Teresa Huerta – CEN
Mary Elizabeth Joines – TCRN
Christa Lambert – NE-BC, CEN
Kim Mellinger – HACP
Carey Spring – Certified Case Manager
Sandra Walterscheid – CEN

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.

North Texas Medical Center 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 health care system; national nurse-certifying bodies should be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA).

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