UC Irvine Health Comprehensive Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center nurses Nilfy Cooper, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN, and Rosemarie Murillo, ASN, BS, RN, CNRN, SCRN, earned the Stroke Care Registered Nurse credential, joining the 1,300 other RNs in the country to earn this certification, according to a news release.
The credential was established by the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses through the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing in 2012. Studies have shown there is a direct relationship between nursing credentials and higher survival rates of patients in critical condition, according to the release.
“Nurses are typically the primary agents of patient care, so it should not be surprising that there is a direct link between nursing staff and patient outcomes,” Janice White, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNML, nurse manager for neuroscience ICU, said in the release.
Helping nurses prepare
The UC Irvine Health nursing education department offers free classes to help nurses prepare for the exam, and also reimburses the cost of taking the exam for those who earn the Stroke Care credential.
“It is very important for us to remain at the forefront of advances in care, which is why we are putting our resources into helping our nurses complete this specialized certification,” White said. “This reflects our commitment to providing the best care possible for our stroke patients.”
“I got this certification because we owe it to our patients to deliver the best care, and to be the best we can be,” Cooper said in the release.
“We treat the sickest of the sick, and I wanted to make sure our patients are well taken care of,” Murillo said in the release.
“Nilfy and Rosemarie are showing great initiative and leadership in being the first to achieve this certification,” White said. “Our goal is to have 30 percent of our staff earn this credential in the next 12 months.”
The Stroke Care credential is valid for five years, according to the release.