DGH Foun­da­tion awards ed­u­ca­tion grants to op­er­at­ing room nurses

Dorchester Star - - Local -

CAM­BRIDGE — Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health re­cently an­nounced the Dorch­ester Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion has pro­vided fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance en­abling five nurses seek­ing to ad­vance their cre­den­tials as pe­ri­op­er­a­tive nurses to take a national cer­ti­fi­ca­tion exam.

Ac­cord­ing to Ida Jane Baker, pres­i­dent, the foun­da­tion’s support for nurs­ing ad­vance­ment re­flects the Board’s recog­ni­tion that nurses are the front line of pa­tient care in any hos­pi­tal set­ting.

“We are proud to support th­ese nurses who have com­mit­ted to ad­vanc­ing their skills and knowl­edge as pe­ri­op­er­a­tive nurses,” Baker said. “Our support is an in­vest­ment in qual­ity care.”

The five — Anna Fish­back, BSN, RN Melanie Smith, RN, Claudia Til­ley, MSN, BSN, RN, Pamela Tuck, BSN, RN, and Su­san Wal­bridge MSN, RN, NEA-BC — work in the op­er­at­ing rooms at UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ters at Dorch­ester and Eas­ton.

They are pre­par­ing to take the national CNOR exam, ad­min­is­tered by the Com­pe­tency and Cre­den­tial­ing In­sti­tute. The CNOR cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram is de­signed for pe­ri­op­er­a­tive nurses in­ter­ested in val­i­dat­ing and en­hanc­ing their knowl­edge and skills to pro­vide the high­est qual­ity care to their pa­tients.

“We are so grate­ful to the Foun­da­tion for fund­ing the en­tire cost of $2,250 for us to take the CNOR exam,” Fish­back said. “We are all pre­par­ing and study­ing for it now and plan to achieve CNOR cer­ti­fi­ca­tion early in 2018.”

Th­ese five grants bring the to­tal DGH Foun­da­tion support for nurs­ing ed­u­ca­tion since 2013 to $10,508 in awards to 29 nurs­ing team mem­bers.

“By help­ing ren­o­vate fa­cil­i­ties and pur­chase equip­ment, the Foun­da­tion has helped im­prove the qual­ity of care and ex­pand ac­cess to care for Dorch­ester res­i­dents,” said Su­san Wal­bridge, MSN, RN, man­ager of the op­er­at­ing rooms for the Dorch­ester and Eas­ton hos­pi­tals. “As a nurse, I am es­pe­cially grate­ful to see the Foun­da­tion pro­vid­ing support for our nurs­ing team mem­bers that en­ables us to en­hance our cre­den­tials and pro­fes­sion­al­ism.”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Op­er­at­ing room nurses re­ceive grants from Dorch­ester Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion: Pe­ri­op­er­a­tive nurses Claudia Til­ley and Pamela Tuck (first and sec­ond from left) and Su­san Wal­bridge and Anna Fish­back (first and sec­ond from right) are shown with Dorch­ester Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion board mem­bers Wil­liam Wise, vice pres­i­dent, and Ida Jane, pres­i­dent. Not shown is Melanie Smith, who was on duty in the op­er­at­ing room when the photo was taken.

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