Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) recently earned Strong’s Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR®) designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI).
This recognition is awarded to facilities that have more than 50% of eligible certified perioperative nurses holding the CNOR credential. The process of earning this credential requires a minimum of two years of perioperative nursing experience and includes a rigorous exam that assesses the nurse’s knowledge and skills. According to the ICC website, more than 40,000 nurses hold the CNOR designation internationally and view the designation as a personal and professional accomplishment.
“I’m very proud to say that 68 percent of perioperative nurses at the hospital have earned the CNOR designation,” said Cmdr. Reggie Middlebrooks, head of the NMCP’s operational support services department. “All of these nurses have worked hard to validate their professional knowledge and skills and demonstrate their dedication to patient safety. »
The ICC website also states that research shows that nurses who earn the CNOR credential have greater confidence in their clinical practice, having validated their specialized knowledge in perioperative nursing. Thus, a team of CNOR-certified nurses who are proficient in perioperative practice standards fosters a culture of professionalism and has been correlated with better outcomes in surgical patients.
The NMCP last obtained this designation in 2018.
As the oldest military hospital in the US Navy, operating continuously since 1830, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth proudly serves past and present service members and their families. The nationally recognized state-of-the-art medical center, along with the area’s 10 Branch Health and TRICARE Prime clinics, provide care to the Hampton Roads area. The medical center also supports world-class research and education programs designed to prepare new physicians, nurses, and hospital staff for future roles in healing and wellness.