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Northwestern Medicine's Lake Forest Hospital Celebrates Certified Nurses Day

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital March 19, 2014

Northwestern Medicine's Lake Forest Hospital recognized Certified Nurses Day last week with a ceremony at the hospital honoring each of its certified nurses.

LAKE FOREST, IL – “The ceremony was a way for us to show our appreciation for our certified nurses,“ said Denise Majeski, MSN, RN, ACM, NE-BC, vice president of operations and chief nurse executive at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. “Achieving certification demonstrates the commitment our nurses have to the community in ensuring a safe, healing environment for our patients.“

Majeski continued, “Patients prefer hospitals whose nurses have specialty certification, which is one of the reasons our Magnet-designated hospital has been named the Consumer Choice hospital with patients in Lake County for nine years in a row.“

Certification validates a nurse's specialty knowledge for practice in a defined functional or clinical area of nursing. According to data collected by the American Board of Nursing Specialties in 2010, nurses in the US and Canada held more than 588,407 certifications, an increase of more than 100,000 certificates compared to 2009 survey data. These certifications were granted by 29 different certifying organizations, and 120 different credentials designate these certifications.

Certified Nurses Day is an annual worldwide event dedicated to celebrating certification as a means to ensure high standards of patient care and to promote continuing excellence in the nursing profession. Initially proposed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the day honors the birthday of the late Margretta “Gretta“ Madden Styles, an international pioneer of nursing certification who designed the first comprehensive study of nurse credentialing.

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