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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Recognizes 85 Board-Certified Nurses In Observance Of Certified Nurses Day

Nurses Recognized for Professionalism, Leadership, Commitment to Excellence in Patient Care

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) recognized its 85 board-certified nurses in observance of Certified Nurses Day on March 19.

Nurses were recognized for their professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellence in patient care.  The nurses’ names are listed in an honor roll at the hospital, and each received a thank you note from the Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Kathy Coburn, RN.

“This observance allows us to celebrate the professionalism and compassionate care that our nurses exhibit every day on the job,” Coburn said.  “Their completion of a certification exam demonstrates their commitment to excellence in their area of clinical practice. With this additional nursing certification, patients can be assured of extraordinary care and better outcomes,” Coburn explained.

SJMO RNs who have earned board certification are: Joanne Adams,  Mary Aldrich, Daljit Batth, Mike Bertling Jr., Jane Bowser, Shirley Breil, Julianne Bruno, Michelle Carter, Tatyanna Coleman, Joann Cooper, Kathleen Courtney, Lauren Ann Crudo, Aurelia Cruz, Lisa Currado, Denise Day, Janet Doyle, Christina Dudek, Matthew Dunn, Christopher Elliot.

Also Todd Farlow, Peggy Feneley, Janel Festian, Mary Jo Fisher-Malloy, Laura Shreve Good, Gabrielle Green, Tara Hegwood, Anna-Lisa Hering, Alice Holmes, Mary Jo Hommel, Nancy Howald, Susan James-Savage, Suzanne Jermstad, Laura Kerby, Susan Lambert, Anne Law-Greenberg, Kenny Lee, Scott Lewis, Jeri Long, Cynthia Menzies, Barbara Mikola, Manuela Miron, Ryanda Moffitt, Victoria Mojica-Muczynski, Lisa Moreton, Kathleen Mulligan.

Also Shahla Nasserian, Catherine Neall, Bradley Neideck, Peggy Nowicki, Jeanine Papasidero, Rebecca Pariseau, Connie Parliament, Brandy Parsons, Jennifer Perreault, Kathy Peterson, Ann Quail, Elizabeth Reynolds, Nancy Riggs, Vickie Rigoulot, Bonnie Mearns Ritchey, Donna Ritchie, Rhonda Rogers, Julianna Rouse, Debra Sak,  Debra Salvatore, Gretchen Sans, Ziba Scherrer, William Schultz, Lynda Shaker, Fran Skupski, Sherry Spiller, Leann Spurlock, Patricia Steele, Kathy Thomas, Janna Wallace, Laura Weidle, Camella West, Mary Ellen White, Susan White, Patricia Wilson, Diana Wise, Jane Yeomans, Debbie Young, Sabrina Zott and Mary Ann Zuchowski.

More than 20 percent of SJMO nurses have gone beyond their RN credential to achieve board certification.  The number of board-certified nurses at SJMO exceeds national benchmarks. Those who receive this certification serve as mentors and clinical experts for their peers. 

Nurses are certified by national nurse-certifying organizations, which are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification or the National Organization for Competence Assurance or both.  Among the specialties in which nurses can receive certification are: medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiovascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing and critical care.

While a registered nurse (RN) license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse.

SJMO encourages national board certification for all of its nurses.

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County.  Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.  A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.

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About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. 

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

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