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Banner Health recognizes nurses’ contribution to McKee

LOVELAND, Colo. (Dec. 27, 2012) – Two registered nurses from McKee Medical Center have completed requirements for the Clinical Expert Registered Nurse designation from Banner Health.

Deb Fox, the chief nursing officer at McKee, said the CERN designation is an internal recognition program in Banner Health specific to nurses as part of the professional practice model. It is designed to elevate the standard of nursing practice across the healthcare system and to recognize the nurses who help do that.

Amy Kahler, a nurse in the float pool, and Shawna Snodgrass, a nurse researcher, were recognized at the McKee leadership meeting recently as both received a $1,500 special award for the accomplishment.

To receive the CERN designation, the applicant must be nationally certified in a specialty. Then, candidates must demonstrate significant contributions to the community and profession. Candidates must implement an evidence based project and be able to present to the research conducted and how the results have changed practice at their facility and how the project could be used to improve practice, quality and safety in the system.

Kahler is nationally certified as a medical-surgical nurse; Snodgrass is nationally certified in the care of dementia patients.

McKee Medical Center is a fully accredited, private not-for-profit facility with 132 beds. It serves as a community medical center with services including emergency, oncology, heart, orthopedics, inpatient and outpatient surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, intensive care, lab and medical imaging.

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