PIH Health Downey Hospital Receives National Recognition for Its Support of Perioperative Nursing Certification

Published on March 25, 2019

PIH Health Downey Hospital Receives National Recognition for Its Support of Perioperative Nursing Certification

PIH Health Downey Hospital has earned the CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). The CNOR Strong designation recognizes that at least 50 percent of a facility’s eligible Operating Room (OR) nursing staff are CNOR certified.

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 registered nurse 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 PIH Health Downey Hospital’s commitment to its core values.

“The CNOR Strong distinction for the Surgery Department at PIH Health Downey Hospital shows that the nursing team is dedicated to mastering the standards of perioperative practice and demonstrates the commitment to promoting a culture of professionalism and excellence,” says Stephanie Jones, BSN, RN, CNOR, clinical director of Surgery/Sterile Processing at PIH Health Downey Hospital. “As a manager, it is encouraging to see nurses dedicated to advancing nursing practice and professionalism in the perioperative setting. This distinction is a testament to the nursing commitment as a group to enhance professional growth and career development.”

Established in 1979, CCI provides the 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 about the Competency and Credentialing Institute, visit cc-institute.org. For more information about PIH Health, visit PIHHealth.org.