Baltimore, MD (April 29, 2010) - Certified nurses received special recognition at Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation hospital in Woodlawn during a celebration of Certified Nurses’ Day on April 23. Kernan is the largest provider of rehabilitation care in Maryland and is a part of the University of Maryland Medical System, an 11-hospital system located throughout Maryland.
The celebration was given by senior management at Kernan as a way to express gratitude and recognition, as well as the esteem that leadership holds for the nurses for their professionalism and leadership in achieving and maintaining national board certification in nursing specialties.
"Board certification is a key factor in the assurance of minimum standards of knowledge, skills and abilities in nursing specialty practice and contributes to better patient outcomes," said Valerie Summerlin, RN, MS, NEA-BC, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Kernan. "National certification allows nurses to be recognized for competency in their specialty."
The benefits of nursing certification include professional recognition and credibility, a quality indicator for patient care, better patient care, career advancement, professional opportunities, personal accomplishment, and is viewed as a component of a positive work environment.`
Approximately 33 percent of the nurses at Kernan hold a specialty certification.
A 138-bed rehabilitation and orthopaedic specialty hospital, Kernan specializes in joint replacements and treatment of sports injuries; neck, back, upper and lower extremity injuries; scoliosis; trauma reconstruction; plastic surgery; and dental surgery for adults and children. Kernan's William Donald Schaefer Rehabilitation Center provides the most technologically advanced therapy for orthopaedic injuries, brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke, multiple sclerosis and other neurologic disorders. Kernan is also the home of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine.