The American Board of Nursing Specialties Awards and Recognition Committee recently announced during its spring assembly meeting it had selected Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Allentown, Pa., as the honorable mention recipient of the 2014 Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy.
Good Shepherd is dedicated to promoting the value of specialty certification and making it accessible for all interested and eligible candidates, Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk, RN, EdD, CAE, chairwoman of the ABNS Awards and Recognition Committee, said in a news release. We welcome them to the family of hospitals and institutions that have demonstrated their outstanding support of nurse certification.
Increasing the number of certified nurses is an important goal for the hospital, according to the release. To demonstrate its commitment to specialty certification, the hospital offers a variety of resources to nurses, including one‐on‐one coaching to help them through the preparation process. Once certified, nurses receive first priority to attend conferences and other continuing education events, as well as to participate as speakers or poster presenters.
Good Shepherd promotes certification through multiple methods, including by indicating preference for certified nurses in rehabilitation nursing in job postings; providing reimbursement of certification and recertification fees; offering free review courses to interested candidates; recognizing certified nurses with a luncheon and Breakfast with the President; providing priority to certified nurses in serving on nurse quality and leadership committees; and encouraging service in professional associations or local organizations, according to the release.