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UAB Medicine Celebrates Certified Nurses Day

Certified Nurses Day is March 19, a day when UAB Medicine celebrates and acknowledges our nurses who earn and maintain the highest credentials in their specialty.

Certification assures national consistency in professional standards, imposes standard titles, and provides recognition of the expertise and knowledge of the individual clinician. UAB Medicine encourages all of our nursing staff to pursue professional certification, and we help them achieve it while eliminating financial barriers. Eligible nurses may take certification exams they qualify for at no cost to the employee.

Anne Marston, CNOR, who began her career at UAB Medicine in 2016, knows the value of UAB Medicine’s support for those seeking certification.

“The OR hosts a Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR) prep class every two years with an amazing educator named Wendy Zander,” Marston says. “UAB pays for this class for any staff member who has at least two years of experience and reimburses us for the cost of the test after we pass. The OR educators have study materials they share with anyone who is taking the test.”

Top Achiever

For the year that Marston earned certification, the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) recognized high scores, and Marston was at the top. She says earning the top score wasn’t her goal, but the result was a happy result of studying hard.

“I had no idea that CCI would be recognizing the top score,” Marston says. “2019 was the first year that they did that. The CNOR exam has a pass rate of about 70%, and I was just scared of failing, so I studied a ton for the exam. The class I took at UAB helped me focus on what to study.”

Marston advises any nurses who are passionate about their area of specialty to become certified.

“At UAB, evidence-based practice is a hallmark,” Marston says. “The guidelines you learn while getting certified help you provide patients the highest level of care.”

Chief Nursing Officer Terri Poe, DNP, RN, agrees about the importance of this recognition.

“The UAB Medicine leadership team and I sincerely value our certified nurses’ achievements,” Poe says. “This milestone is a direct reflection of advanced skill sets, specialized knowledge, and leadership abilities. It also means that our patients receive high-quality care and experience the best outcomes.”

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