The CCI dedication to extraordinary care is manifested one healthcare professional at a time. This section highlights those individuals who exemplify a “personal commitment to extraordinary care” and who serve as champions of competency and credentialing in the workplace.
Holly S. Ervine, BSN, RN, CNOR,CCI Champion
Each perioperative nurse, whether they realize it or not, provides extraordinary care. Certification shows the community, co-workers, and administration that you have gone the extra steps and have made the personal commitment to lifelong learning.
Tabitha Stutts Stewart, BSN, RN, CNOR, ONC,CCI Champion
Patient safety and quality care are at the core of perioperative nursing with a direct link between certification and that care. Certification, a step beyond licensure, demonstrates specialized knowledge. This is especially important perioperatively, since most curriculums minimally address perioperative nursing. Certification also elevates the standards and professionalism of nursing.
Jamie Strebeck, RN, CNOR, CLNC,CCI Champion
It is a hard job to motivate some, especially younger generations, but there is nothing better than being the first person someone contacts after they receive notification of certification. You really can only win one person at a time, but that is one person who will be providing the highest standard of care to the patient who easily could be you or your family member.
Teri Lynn Fink, BS, RN, CNOR,CCI Champion
Being a CCI Champion means that I am able to make available the resources of the CCI program to staff and encourage staff to advance their knowledge base and growth by studying and sitting for the CNOR, CRNFA , etc. tests, thereby attaining their certification. I also encourage staff to retain their certification once they have obtained it.
Pamela D. Gorgone, BSN, RN, CNOR, Staff Nurse II,CCI Champion
The perioperative nurse who chooses to put the time and effort in pursuit of, as well as maintenance of her/ his CNOR has made a commitment to provide the best possible care to her/his patient’s through knowledge and education on an on going basis.
Barbara Rusynko, MSEd, RN, CNOR, Educator,CCI Champion
Delivering extraordinary care demands a high level of involvement combined with a continuous passion for the patient’s well being.
Sheila A. McFarland, RN, CNOR, RNFA, LSO,CCI Champion
Educating staff and promoting higher standards of nursing excellence will encourage a professional challenge to increase quality of care and improve safe practice pre-op, intra-op and post operatively.
Nancy A. Ottomanelli, MSN, RN, CNOR, CNS,CCI Champion
Patient safety is our responsibility and the OR staff needs to work together as a team to ensure safe patient outcomes.
Nancy Ann Di Cicco, MSN, RN,CNOR,CCI Champion
It is everyone's responsibility to participate in the professional growth of Perioperative Nursing.