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Five Operating Room Nurses Achieve Perioperative Certification

June 5, 2019 -
OMC designated as "CNOR Strong”
PORT ANGELES – Thanks to the participation of staff of the Olympic Medical Center operating room, Olympic Medical Center earned the 2019 CNOR Strong Designation.

Five surgery nurses, Laurie Whicher, Heidi Mattern, Sarah Winfield, DeAnn Pype and Ellen Adams attained their certification in perioperative nursing from the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI). 

The CNOR Strong designation goes to operating rooms where 50% or greater of the registered nursing staff have attained their certification in perioperative nursing. This certification program is for nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills, and providing the highest quality care for their patients. Certification also recognizes a nurse’s commitment to professional development. It is an objective, measurable way of acknowledging the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond the standard nursing preparation and registered nurse licensure.

"This exemplifies a facility-wide commitment to nursing excellence and outstanding patient care,” says Lorraine Wall, RN, chief nursing officer and hospital chief operating officer.

Research shows that nurses who earn the CNOR credentials have greater confidence in their clinical practice. A team of certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice are more empowered, further advancing a culture of professionalism and promoting improved patient outcomes. 

"CNOR Strong recognizes there are strength in numbers, which is why the program was developed,” says Wall. "We recognize and commend Lauri, Heidi, Sarah, DeAnn and Ellen for persevering through the rigorous process and achieving this certification.”

Three additional surgery nurses are anticipated to complete the certification in the near future. 

For more information on the CNOR program, go to www.cc-institute.org/cnor. 

Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral center, and a charter member of both the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (2003) and the Swedish Health Network (2011). Olympic Medical provides inpatient services at its 67-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.
Pictured from left: Eric Lewis, CEO; John Nutter, Board President; Sarah Winfield, RN, surgical services supervisor; DeAnn Pype, RN; Joellyn Jensen, RN, operating room manager; Lorraine Wall, RN, CNO and Hospital COO; Ellen Adams, RN, clinical educator; and Heidi Mattern, RN. 

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