CNOR Strong LogoMemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center has earned the CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) for the sixth consecutive year. The CNOR Strong designation is given to hospitals and medical centers having at least 50 percent of its operating room nursing staff CNOR certified, and provides programs that reward and recognize its certified nurses.

The CNOR certification program is for perioperative (surgical) nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills, while providing the highest quality of care to their patients. It is an objective, measurable way of acknowledging the achievement of surgical specialty knowledge, beyond basic nursing preparation and RN licensure.

“It is an honor to be certified as CNOR Strong once, but six years in a row is an even greater achievement,” says Tony Garcia, MSN, RN, chief nursing officer, Long Beach Medical Center. “We strive to continue to be CNOR Strong for many years to come by taking steps to prepare our nurses for CNOR certification and recertification.”

Long Beach Medical Center provides resources such as study guides and practice tests for perioperative nurses to ensure success when the time comes to take the CNOR certification exam. In addition, experienced nurses often team up to provide support for those working to become CNOR certified by helping them study for the exam. These efforts aided in the hospitals’ sixth consecutive CNOR Strong designation.

Research shows that nurses who earn the CNOR credential have greater confidence in their clinical practice. Thus, a team of certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice provides even more empowerment – further advancing a culture of professionalism and promoting improved patient outcomes.

“Patient safety and positive surgical outcomes are of the utmost importance to a hospital, and supporting nurses as they exceed expectations to achieve their perioperative nursing certification shows Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s & Women’s commitment to providing specialized long-term care to patients,” says Garcia.