Friday, April 06, 2012 - Broward Health Coral Springs Celebrates Certified Nurses Day; Honors 80 Board-Certified Nurses on Staff

Coral Springs, FL - Broward Health Coral Springs Medical Center (BHCSMC) celebrated Certified Nurses Day on March 19 by honoring more than 80 board-certified nurses on staff. The following nurses have been recognized for their professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellence in patient care:

Certified in Nursing Administration - Advanced: Kimberley Jutras Graham, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Certified Ambulatory Peri-Anesthesia Nurses: Kathy Biggs, BSN, RN, CAPA

Certified Case Manager: Mary Monahan, MS, BSN, RN, CCM; Denise Kissane, MS, RN, CCM

Certified Critical Care Nurses: Simone Atkinson, MBA, MSN, RN, CCRN; Donna Bradford-Wilson, BSN, RN, CCRN; JishaCherian, BSN, RN, CCRN; Myra Coronel, BSN, RN, CCRN; Marie Ecle, MSN, RN, CCRN; Irene Faber, MSN, RN, CCRN; Jodi Greenwald, BSN, RN, CCRN; Kasey Jones, BSN, RN, CCRN; Mary McAllister, BSN, RN, CCRN; Molly Matchanickal, BA, B Ed, RN, CCRN; Ani Mathews, BSN, RN, CCRN; MaijaNemati, RN, CCRN; Pauline Thomas, BSN, RN, CCRN; Liezel Yap, BSN,RN, CCRN

Certified Emergency Nurses: Del Coccia, RN, CEN; Chuck Dugan, RN, CEN; William Horvath, MSN, ARNP, NP-C, CEN; Eric Johnston, RN, CEN; Dorothy Montanez, RN, CEN; Antoinette Owensby, RN, CEN; Allison Vandever, BSN, RN, CEN; Edric Yap, BSN, RN, CEN; Rachelle Zahniser, MSN, RN, CEN

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner: William Horvath, MSN, ARNP, NP-C, CEN

Certified in Inpatient Obstetrics Nurses: Nina Esposito, RNC-OB; Elizabeth Kelley, RNC-OB; Alice Taylor, RNC-OB; Colleen Virgins, RNC-OB

Certified Infection Control Nurse: Ava Dobin, BSN, RN, CIC

Certified Maternal Newborn Nurse: Olga Abiri, MSN, RNC, MNN; Vanessa Bibliowicz, RNC, MNN; Sheri Miller, BSN, RNC, MNN; Cathyanne Tesheira, BSN, RNC

Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner: Lisa Brown, MSN, ARNP, WHNP-BC

Certified Progressive Care Nurse: Trifina Jonas, BSN, RN, PCCN

Certified Medical Surgical Nurses: Anita Brooks, RN, CMSRN; Zeelena Callender, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Saray Diaz, MSN, RN, CMSRN, PHN; Nancy Easton, RN, CMSRN; Juana Grillo, RN, CMSRN; Dominique Jean-Baptiste, RN, CMSRN; Pam Kardys, RN, CMSRN; Diane Marchese, RN, CMSRN; Patricia Morgan, RNC-MS; Rhona Morgan, RN CMSRN; Maureen Oliver, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Joyce Richards, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Doris Rivas, BSN, RN, CMSRN; Katia Simonvil, RN, CMSRN; Cleide Van Horne, RN, CMSRN

Certified Nurse Operating Room: Laura Aronson, RN, RNFA, CNOR; Cora Benson,MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, CORLN; Neila Cabug, BSN, RN, CNOR; Cecile Kaplan, BSN, RN, CNOR; Denise Levin, BSN, RNFA, CNOR; Jacqueline Lochard, RN, CNOR; Myrna Solod, RN, CNOR

Certified Otorhinolaryngology Nurse: Cora Benson, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, CORLN

Certified Pediatric Nurses: Caren Bock, BSN, RN, CPN; Perla Bueno, MSN, RN, CPN; Sylvia Conlee, MSN, RN, CPN; Diane Forest, RN, CPN; Maxine Hogan, BSN, RN, CPN; Mary Ouellette, BSN, RN, CPN; Patricia Poirier, ARNP, CPN; Judine Whyte, BSN, RN, CPN; Lisa Wilson, BSN, RN, CPN

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: Patricia Gorney, MSN, ARNP, CPNP

Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse: Lori Pirtle, RN, CPEN

Certified Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse: Dawn Horowitz, MSN, RNC-NIC; Susan King, BSN, RNC-NIC

Certified Peri-Anesthesia Nurses: Donna Ahern, BSN, RN, CPAN; JoAnn Andrew, BSN, RN, CPAN; Floriza Griffin, BSN, RN, CPAN; Diane Schneider, RN, CPAN

Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality: Maribeth Schmidt, BS, RN, CPHQ, CPHRM

Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management: Maribeth Schmidt, BS, RN, CPHQ, CPHRM

Certified Nursing Professional Development: Patricia Barkett, MSN, RN-BC

Certified Public Health Nurses: Saray Diaz, MSN, RN, CMSRN, PHN

Certified Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses: Patty Paxton-Alan, MSN, ARNP-BC, CWOCN

Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner: Patty Paxton-Alan, MSN, ARNP-BC, CWOCN

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.

BHCSMC 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 either the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA) or both.

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

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