Citrus Memorial Hospital August 24, 2017

Citrus Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce it has recently earned the _CNOR Strong_ designation from the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI). The _CNOR Strong_ designation is given to facilities having at least 50% of its operating room nursing staff CNOR certified, and provides programs that reward and recognize its certified nurses.

"Certification demonstrates to our patients that a nurse has expertise in the specialty area where they practice. What's unique about Citrus Memorial is that 100% of our eligible operating room nurses will be certified by the end of 2017," said Caroline Stewart, Chief Nursing Officer at Citrus Memorial Hospital. "This official recognition of achievement, expertise and clinical judgment is to be commended. It is a true mark of excellence."

The CNOR certification program is for perioperative nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills, and providing the highest quality care to 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 basic nursing preparation and RN licensure.

Research shows that nurses who earn the CNOR credential have greater confidence in their clinical practice. Thus, a team of certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice provides even more empowerment, further advancing a culture of professionalism and promoting improved patient outcomes. This strength in numbers is why CCI launched the _CNOR Strong_ program; to recognize those facilities committed to making a difference for its patients both inside and outside of the OR.

Patient safety and positive surgical outcomes are of the utmost importance to a facility, and supporting nurses as they exceed expectations to achieve their perioperative nursing certification shows Citrus Memorial Hospital's commitment to its core values.

Established in 1979, CCI provides CNOR and CSSM credentials to more than 35,000 registered nurses, making it one of the largest specialty nursing credentialing organizations and the leading certification body for perioperative nurses. The mission of CCI is to lead competency credentialing that promotes safe, quality patient care and that supports lifelong learning. For more information, visit cc-institute.org.