National Nurse Certification and Formal Education Day
Meet experienced, certified nurses and representatives of local and online certification programs and nursing schools.
Wednesday, March 21
10:00 am–2:00 pm
St. Mary’s Hospital, Saccomanno Education Center , Fifth Floor
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Nurses complete extensive training to earn the license that allows them to practice, but many of St. Mary’s registered nurses continue their education with additional training and certification. “We have nurses with advance training and certification in 15 specialty areas,” says Aileen Bowman, RNC-OB, C-EFM, SANE-A, BSN, MA, of Nursing Services at St. Mary’s. “That’s a lot of work, talent and experience all focused on providing our patients excellent care.”
Almost 30 percent of St. Mary’s registered nurses are certified in one or more specialty such as critical care,
orthopedics, radiology, emergency medicine, and oncology. Certification involves additional, specialized education and training, followed by several years of hands-on clinical experience and an examination. And nurses are required to complete ongoing medical education to retain their certification.
Each year more than 70 nursing education and professional organizations around the world set aside March 19 to honor those nurses whose dedication to their patients makes them lifelong learners. “St. Mary’s joins these organizations in honoring all nurses who recognize the importance of professionalism and excellence,” Bowman says.
St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
2635 North 7th Street Grand Junction, Colorado 81501