VA Palo Alto Health Care System is celebrating Certified Nurses Day, March 31st, by honoring its board certified nurses. Over 200 nurses are being recognized for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care.
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.
VA Palo Alto Health Care System 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 including medical-surgical, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care, and wound care. The nursing certifications are awarded through either the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA), or both.
Please join VA Palo Alto Health Care System and the nation's national nursing certification organizations in honoring those hardworking, dedicated nurses for their professionalism, and a job well done!