Published on July 24, 2018

Phoenixville Hospital Receives National Nursing Recognition

CNOR NursesPhoenixville Hospital is pleased to announce it has recently earned the CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). The CNOR Strong designation is given to facilities having at least 50 percent of its OR nursing staff CNOR certified, and provides programs that reward and recognize its certified nurses.

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.

“Earning the CNOR Strong designation represents a facility-wide commitment to nursing excellence and outstanding patient care,” said Nancy A. Absher, RN, BSN, CNOR, Director of Surgical Services at Phoenixville Hospital. Absher further stated, “A team of CNOR certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice furthers a culture of professionalism and has been correlated to improve outcome in surgical patients.”

Phoenixville Hospital has seven surgical suites and coordinates a large robotic surgery program in multiple specialties utilizing two da Vinci® robots. As a NAPBC accredited Breast Health Center, our breast surgeons adhere to the highest standards and our hip and knee joint replacement program has been recognized by The Joint Commission for quality and outcomes.

Those who earned their CNOR are: Liz Blute, Tonya Brumbach, Meg Byrum, Jeff Clamer, Susan Cooke, Nan Destefano, Victoria Elliott, Brian Gochnaurer, Normagene Mauger, Maureen Paul, Liz Pickersgill, Dale Rishel, Ron Swank, Sue Tirado, Meg Vance and Steve Welty.

Research shows that nurses who earn the CNOR credential have greater confidence in their clinical practice with an interest in 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 Phoenixville Hospital’s commitment to its core values.