Covenant Health Celebrates Certified Nurses Day

Posted on March 13, 2018

Covenant Health is observing Certified Nurses Day on March 19 to recognize the achievements of nearly 450 health system nurses who have pursued advanced training, completed rigorous examinations and received nationally recognized credentials in many specialty areas. The observance also highlights the opportunities available at Covenant Health – which employs more nurses than any health system in the region – to help nurses reach their highest levels of professional achievement and personal career satisfaction.

According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center, board certification “shows that a nurse has met a level of distinction and knowledge indicating professional nursing practice.”

“Board certification shows our nurses’ individual commitment to professional development and excellence,” said Debra Honey, RN, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Covenant Health. “The specialized expertise of our certified nurses supports positive outcomes for our patients, so we encourage our nurses to grow professionally through advanced education and certification, and we celebrate their success.”

Covenant Health promotes education and professional development throughout nurses’ careers, beginning with their postsecondary training to enter the profession. The health system partners with schools and colleges throughout the region to provide clinical training opportunities for student nurses. Covenant Health also offers a bachelor’s degree in nursing and an RN-to-BSN program through Tennessee Wesleyan University – Fort Sanders Nursing Department.

After graduation, hospital-based nurses can successfully transition to the fast-paced healthcare environment by participating in Covenant Health’s nurse residency program. The year-long program emphasizes evidence-based practices and empowers new nurses with additional professional knowledge, along with leadership and decision-making skills.

Nearly 500 new nurses have enrolled in the nurse residency program since its inception at Covenant Health. The nurse residency program provides valuable support during the first year of professional practice, which can be a stressful time for new graduates. Nursing residents say the program gives them a relaxed environment where they can share information and concerns, ask questions, and learn success strategies from experienced nurses.

As nurses progress through their careers, Honey said that ongoing professional education is an essential part of Covenant Health’s pledge of excellence, which focuses on always putting the patient first.

“Encouraging leadership development and growth within the health system is critically important,” she said. “At Covenant Health we want to be leaders in understanding and implementing new and innovative processes to improve care – so we strongly support and believe in lifelong learning.”

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