NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., recognized 121 nurses with certification in their specialty on March 19, which is national Certified Nurses Day.
“As a Magnet nursing hospital, we are committed to encouraging nursing education and the pursuit of professional certification that contributes to a higher standard of patient care,” NYP/Hudson Valley Hospital President John Federspiel said in a news release.
Kathy Webster, vice president of patient services at NYP/Hudson Valley, praised the nursing staff at a celebration in the hospital’s main lobby. Webster thanked the nurses for their commitment to lifelong learning, which she said contributed greatly to the hospital’s reputation for clinical excellence.
“Our certified nurses have made continuing professional development a priority, and they assure our hospital and our patients that they have the knowledge and skills to deliver the highest level of care,” she said in the release.
Zaida Areizaga, an OR nurse who recently earned geriatrics (GRN) and OR nursing (AORN) certifications, told the audience that earning advanced degrees improved her skills and allowed her to give better care to her patients, according to the release.
The American Nurse Credentialing Center chose March 19 as Certified Nurses Day to honor the birthday of Greta Styles, who died in 2005. Styles was recognized as a trailblazer in nursing for her advocacy of worldwide nursing standards and certification.