Each day our patients are touched by the expert care of our certified nurses. A certified nurse has received advanced training in a specific specialty area and holds a nationally recognized certification. 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.” Certified nurses show their commitment to putting their patients first by staying current on the latest advancements and changes in their given specialty.
Today, as we celebrate Certified Nurses Day, we are spotlighting certified nurse Maureen Calvin, an RN in the neuro critical care unit. Certified nurses at Fort Sanders Regionals were given a ribbon to wear on their badge today so others can recognize their achievement. Read about Maureen and her certification below.
View a complete list of our certified nurses here.
What is your name and your certification?
My name is Maureen Calvin and I am stroke certified. I work in the neuro ICU assisting patients who have suffered a stroke.
Why was it important to you to get certified?
It is important to me because my additional education has allowed me to better educate my patients and their families following a stroke. I am able to help them identify the signs and symptoms of a stroke and leave the hospital better prepared.
Why did you choose a stroke specialty?
I chose stroke because it’s subjective. Things are always changing with the patient and I am always seeing new things. I like seeing the change in a patient once the treatment is started. I like celebrating their improvements and showing them how far they have come in their recovery.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the day to day interaction with patients and their families. I am helping them get through one of the most vulnerable times of their life.