The American Board of Nursing Specialties awards and recognition committee has selected Suburban Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine in Bethesda, Md., as the recipient of the 2014 Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy, according to a news release.
The nursing leadership at Suburban implemented creative programs to encourage and recognize specialty nursing certification throughout the hospital, Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk, RN, EdD, CAE, FAAN, chairwoman of the ABNS awards and recognition committee, said in the release. Their commitment and creativity made their application stand out from the rest, and we are honored to recognize them.
Suburban Hospital developed a Commitment Day initiative to promote partnership in preparation and support the goal of increasing the number of certified nurses, according to the release.
We are excited to see the number of certified nurses increase from this effort, but more importantly is the culture of engagement, camaraderie and professionalism it helped to create for our nurses, Virginia Schad, RN, CEN, chairwoman of the professional development council at Suburban Hospital, said in the release.
To demonstrate their commitment to specialty certification, the professional development council conducts a hospital-wide, biannual nursing education needs assessment. The assessment queries nurses on their certification status, interest in obtaining certification and potential challenges to earning initial certification or maintaining certification. The results guide the development of new initiatives to increase specialty certification.
According to the release, Suburban Hospital promotes certification through multiple strategies, including creating an award honoring specialty nursing certification; providing reimbursement for certification fees, continuing education and recertification fees up to $500 per year; investing in CE Direct membership for all nurses, free of charge; providing nurses with paid educational leave to attend certification exams or review courses; requiring certification for promotions to certain positions; publishing certified nurses names in the faculty-wide nursing newsletter; and publicly recognizing certified nurses throughout the hospital and in social media outlets such as Facebook.