Stroke coordinator at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s receives certification

 

BELLEVILLE –Alison Kennedy, stroke coordinator at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has earned the Stroke Certified Registered Nurse certification by The American Board of Neuroscience Nursing.

kennedy alisonThe SCRN certification is earned and maintained by approximately 2,250 nurses nationwide and recognizes a nurse’s attainment and demonstration of a specialized body of knowledge necessary for the practice of stroke nursing. The certification also validates evidence of clinical expertise and leadership in neuroscience nursing practice. Nurses who receive the certification are required to successfully complete a specialized stroke nursing exam.

“I am privileged to be able to expand my stroke nursing expertise through the Stroke Certified Registered Nurse Certification,” notes Kennedy (left). “I greatly appreciate St. Elizabeth’s support in expanding this specialized area of expertise for our patients and I am excited to use this high-level knowledge and experience to enhance stroke services at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and across the HSHS Southern Illinois Division.”

Kennedy has assisted other HSHS Southern Illinois Division hospitals, including HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland during the successful development and implementation of their Stroke Telemedicine Programs as well as being instrumental in establishing St. Elizabeth’s Hospital as an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Kennedy additionally serves as a member of the Illinois Stroke Advisory Subcommittee, as a member of The Association of Stroke Coordinators and as a member of the Illinois Telehealth Network. She also is a member of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, Graduate Nursing Student Academy, American Nurses Association, and is an American Heart Association Professional Member of the Stroke Subcommittee.

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