MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – March 19 is Certified Nurses Day, a special day of recognition and celebration for certified nurses around the world.

WVU Medicine University Healthcare is joining this national celebration in recognizing all 106 certified nurses working at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg and Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson. University Healthcare’s celebration will be held on Friday, March 17.

“Certified Nurses Day is an opportunity to recognize these nurses for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care,” WVU Medicine University Healthcare Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Samantha Richards, M.S.N., M.B.A., R.N., said. 

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 healthcare 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.

There are many nursing certification specialties, such as medical-surgical, pediatrics, pain management, cardiac vascular, obstetrics, surgical, orthopaedics, oncology, emergency nursing, critical care, case management, and many others. Nursing certification bodies exist to serve the full range of specialized nursing care offered in the contemporary healthcare system.

“Certification is a voluntary process which signifies that a nurse has developed specialty knowledge beyond the entry level,” Richards said. “At WVU Medicine University Healthcare, we encourage national board certification for all our nurses.”

WVU Medicine University Healthcare employs registered nurses with certifications in more than 30 different medical specialties. National nurse-certifying bodies should be accredited by either the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, the National Organization for Competence Assurance, or both.

“Knowledgeable nurses are better equipped to recognize problems and take appropriate actions, resulting in better patient care,” Richards said. “Please join University Healthcare and the nation’s national nursing-certification organizations in honoring our hardworking, dedicated nurses for their professionalism and a job well done.”

For more information: Teresa E. McCabe, University Healthcare Vice President of Marketing and Development, 304-264-1223