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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital receives national recognition for its support of perioperative nursing certifications


BELLEVILLE – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has been recognized by the Competency & Credentialing Institute for having at least 50 percent of its OR nursing staff certified under the CNOR Strong program.

This is the first year the institute has awarded the status to facilities nationwide.

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.

Currently, St. Elizabeth’s has 15 nurses with the CNOR certification. They are Jennifer Davis, Ellen Dobbs, Elizabeth Ellett, Tania Hardt, Janice Heim, Paul Lee, Doris Meadows, Sharon Meister, Joyce Neff, Debra Owens, Tara Reisenberger, Melanie Smith, Linda Sutterer, Janet Toohey and Amanda Warwick.

“The dedication to the safety and care of our patients is exemplified by these nurses who have taken the additional steps to achieve CNOR certification,” notes St. Elizabeth’s President and Chief Executive Officer Peg Sebastian. “The hospital and our entire Hospital Sisters Health System encourages the unrelenting pursuit of excellence in all areas and this designation is proof that our operating room registered nurses are committed to providing high quality care to all the patients we serve.”

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.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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