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Med Group celebrates Certified Nurses Day

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Certified Nurses Day is a special day of recognition to celebrate the contributions of board certified nurses to the advancement of nursing professionalism, leadership and a commitment to excellence in patient care. The 30th Medical Group here is celebrating Certified Nurses Day, by honoring their board certified nurse's: 

Lt. Col. Judy Gavin, the 30th MDG chief nurse executive, board certified nursing administration and certified in ambulatory care nursing

Lt. Col. Tina McConnell, the 30th MDG health care integrator, board certified psychiatric nursing

Maj. Paula Jacobs, a 30th MDG Family Advocacy nurse, certified in ambulatory care nursing

Capt. Christine Crawford, the 30th MDG element leader for Flight Missile Medicine, certified in medical surgical nursing

1st Lt. Amy Hale, a member of the Nurse Practitioner Primary Treatment Team, board certified family nurse practitioner

Adele Smith, a member of the Clinical Nurse Primary Treatment Team, certified in inpatient high risk obstetrics

The first specialty nursing certification program in the United States was established in 1945. Since that time, board certification of nurses has shown to play an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. Nursing, like health care in general, has become increasingly more complex. While a registered nurses' license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge and intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive post-secondary and continuing education and a strong personal commitment to excellence by a nurse.

There are many certification specialties areas such as medical-surgical, pediatric, case management, ambulatory care, emergency nursing, critical care and many others. Today less than 20 percent of American nurses are board certified. Certification is obtained through individual specialty nursing organizations and reflects achievement of a standard beyond licensure for specialty nursing practice and assures the public that the individual has maintained a level of knowledge and competency in that specialty.