ICU Nurse First To Earn Neuroscience Credential 
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 

WEST PALM BEACH -- Lauren Finn, ICU Nurse at St. Mary’s Medical Center, is the first to take advantage of the hospital reimbursement program for CNRN certification. The rigorous Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse program earns the formal CNRN® credential.

Finn joins only about 3,000 other nurses in the country with this high honor that recognizes the attainment and demonstration of a unique body of knowledge necessary for the practice of neuroscience nursing.

On June 4, St. Mary’s Medical Center presented Finn with an award for her accomplishment. St. Mary’s expressed its honor to have Finn as a nurse and appreciation for her high achievement, that reflects her specialized experience and knowledge in the care of patients needing advanced neurology care. This credential will assist Finn and the hospital in caring for a special patient population.

St. Mary’s Chief Nursing Officer Joey Bulfin stated: "We honor and congratulate Ms. Finn for her superior achievement. She represents one of the many gifted nurses at St. Mary’s who go above and beyond to advance their knowledge of nursing, to deliver the best care to our patients. We are confident that her achievement will encourage other nurses to strive for the distinguished CNRN credential."

This type of certification is evidence of the commitment St. Mary’s nurses have to life-long learning and the value of evidence-based practice. This is one of the ways St. Mary’s supports quality, caring nursing practice as we move forward with our quest for Magnet Status.

Since 1978, the CNRN credential has promoted excellence in this specialized field. The CNRN examination is accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties, the only nationally recognized accrediting body for specialty nursing certification programs. The examination is based on periodic role delineation studies that identify the knowledge and experiences required of a practicing neuroscience nurse.