Asheville, N.C., March 19, 2012 – Today, Mission Hospital is celebrating Certified Nurses Day by honoring its 650 board certified nurses for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care. Certified Nurses Day allows employers, certification boards, education facilities, and healthcare providers to celebrate and publicly acknowledge their appreciation for nurses.
Mission Hospital encourages national board certification for all nurses. In the past few years, Mission has focused on creating a culture of certification and as a result, the rate of certified nurses has increased by 20%. Nursing certifications are available in specialties such as medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing and critical care.
“Nursing has become increasingly complex,” said Kathy Guyette, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Mission Health. “The knowledge-intensive requirements of nursing require continuing education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence. I am honored to say that Mission Health nurses are dedicated to maintaining the highest credentials in their specialty.”
Obtaining national certification for nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and families. “The nursing profession has evolved to encompass many responsibilities, but the most gratifying aspect for Mission nurses is their ability to earn the patient’s trust and help them in their time of need,” said Guyette.
About Mission Health
Mission Health, based in Asheville, NC, is the state’s sixth largest health system and the tertiary care regional referral center for Western NC and the adjoining region. In 2012, Mission Health was named by Thomson Reuters as one of the top 15 health systems in the nation – the only health system in North Carolina to receive this recognition.
Founded in 1885, Mission Health is a not-for-profit, independent community hospital system that operates four hospitals, numerous out-patient and surgery centers, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 750 physicians, and is certified in over 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties. Centers of excellence include heart, stroke care and neurosciences, and pediatrics. Mission Hospital, the system’s flagship hospital, is licensed for 730 beds and is the busiest surgical hospital in North Carolina. Other Mission
hospitals include Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, McDowell Hospital in Marion, and Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville.
With approximately 8,800 employees and 700 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to serving and improving the health and wellness of the people of Western North Carolina.