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Taylor County resident, Tiffany Shaw, RN, was one of 31 Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital nurses who recently participated in an intensive two-day Critical Care Registered Nurse/Progressive Care Certified Nurse review class.
The class was taught by nationally acclaimed speaker and author Deborah Tuggle, RN, MS, CCNS, FCCM. Tuggle provided current clinical best practice data to support assessment skills and actions required by critical care nurses in emergent situations. Her lectures and hands-on training were designed to help prepare the nurses for their advanced certification exams.
Twenty-three nurses from the LCRH Cath Lab, Intensive Care Unit, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, and Neuro Critical Care Unit in attendance are pursuing the CCRN certification. The remaining nurses were from the Post Anesthesia Care Unit and Telemetry Care Unit, who will be sitting for the PCCN certification. These certifications are nationally recognized as one of the highest levels of accomplishment a nurse can achieve in their specialty area of practice.
“We were very pleased with the response from our nurses for our first series of review classes,” said Blanche Schwinn, RN, BSN, CCRN, LCRH Critical Care Clinical Educator. “Our goal is to assist as many of our nurses as possible in helping them achieve this high standard by providing educational opportunities such as this.”
Certification is a long process that includes meeting eligibility requirements for clinical practice - caring for critically and/or acutely ill patients - combined with independent study and passing a comprehensive exam to verify range of knowledge and competence in the specialty area.
“We are very proud of our nurses, and appreciate their level of dedication and commitment to providing excellent care for our patients,” continued Schwinn. “Taking these additional steps to validate their knowledge and skills is yet another example of their commitment to quality care.”
When they have successfully passed the comprehensive exam, these nurses will join 59 other LCRH nurses who have already received their advanced certification in more than 21 specialty areas.