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Certified nurses honored at MUSC Health-Florence Medical Center

March 19, 2019 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – Over 40 nurses were honored Monday afternoon at a luncheon on the campus of MUSC Health-Florence Medical Center.

The nurses were honored to celebrate Certified Nurses Day, held annually on March 19, one day after Monday’s luncheon. The luncheon was moved because of a space conflict at MUSC-Health Florence Medical Center. March 19 is the birthday of Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles, who helped to establish nurse credentialing standards in pediatrics and cardiology.

“This national day of recognition provides a perfect opportunity to acknowledge and thank you for your hard work, professionalism, dedication, and commitment to excellence,” said Costa King Cockfield, chief nursing officer at MUSC Health-Florence Medical Center. “Thank you all for being advocates for better patient outcomes. You are all very special and it is indeed our honor today to recognize you.”

To become certified, nurses must meet pre-defined eligibility criteria and must successfully complete a national board certification examination in their certification area. According to a media advisory from MUSC Health-Florence Medical Center, there are 28 certifying organizations that offer a total of 144 different certification credentials in the United States.

Open heart coordinator Meloney Munn is certified as an operating room nurse. To become certified, she had to work in the operating room as a registered nurse for two years and then pass a national certification examination.

“Working in the operating room is the best job anyone can possibly have,” Munn said. “I love what I do … Getting the certification just equipped me better to take care of my patients. The emphasis is on safety and quality care for my patients and it covers the families as well. It just equips me to be a better nurse.”

Joint care coordinator Wendy Davis is certified in orthopedic nursing. Orthopedics refers to work with bones and the skeletal system.

Davis was certified as an orthopedic nurse in 2018. Previously, she was certified as a pediatric nurse for over 20 years.

“I really love this area [of the medical field],” Davis said. “I’ve learned a lot and want to provide the best care for my patients. Medicine and nursing is changing so much. It changes every day. In order to maintain certification, you have to have a certain number of education hours to keep it up. So, you’re always learning and we’re making sure that we meet the best practice standards.”

MUSC Health-Florence Medical Center was formerly known as Carolinas Hospital System. It was sold to the Medical University of South Carolina last fall.