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Chilton Hospital Honors Certified Nurses Day by Saluting its 119 Board Certified Nurses
Chilton Hospital honored Certified Nurses Day by saluting its 119 board certified nurses on March 19.

Chilton Hospital honored Certified Nurses Day by saluting its 119 board certified nurses on March 19. Pictured are 31 of the 119 certified nurses at the celebration. Key members of this celebration included Chief Nursing Officer Joanne Reich, RN, MA, NE-A, BC (far left); Certified Nurses Day Coordinator and Critical Care Clinical Educator Kathi Hoffman, RN, MSN, PCCN (second from left); Executive Director for Nursing Karen Stutzer, RN, MS, CCRN, APN-C (third from left); and President and CEO Deborah K. Zastocki, DNP, RN, Ed.M., CNAA, NEA-BC, FACHE (far right).

Certified Nurses Day is celebrated annually on March 19 to honor nurses who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialty.

Chilton Hospital held its own Certified Nurses Day celebration by inviting all of the hospital’s 119 certified nurses for an event in their honor. To date, 26 percent of Chilton’s nurses are board certified. The national average for nurses in the U.S. is less than 20 percent. Many areas at Chilton boast high percentages of certified nurses including:

  • PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) nurses: 100 percent
  • Labor & Delivery: 75 percent
  • Endoscopy: 66 percent
  • Cancer Center: 50 percent
  • Mother Baby Center: 44 percent
  • Intensive Care Unit: 33 percent
  • Emergency Department 31 percent

A nurse must go above and beyond the baseline professional licensure requirement to achieve national board certification. There are various specialties in which nurses can obtain certification. They must practice in their area of specialty for a minimum of two years and prepare for a rigorous exam. Continuing education is required to maintain certification.

According to Chilton Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Joanne Reich, RN, MA, NE-A, BC, board certification for nurses is “not just an honor, but a reflection of a lifelong commitment to excellent patient care and outcomes,” she said. “The link between national certification with nursing and excellent patient outcomes has been proven in nursing research as early as the late 1970s. However, in today’s changing health care landscape with the intensifying demands for efficiency and excellence in care, certified nurses have become more valuable than ever before.”

Certified Nurses Day was created by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2008. The initiative was inspired by Dr. Margretta 'Gretta' Madden Styles, RN, EdD, FAAN, a pioneer in nursing certification. For more information, visit

For more information on a career in nursing at Chilton Hospital, click here.

Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is a four-time recipient of the HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in Stroke, and Five-Star Rated for Stroke Care, the highest possible, for six years in a row. It is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012. Chilton’s many services include minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery, a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, a Pain Management center, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing/Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the Mother/Baby Center, an American Diabetes Association-recognized diabetes education program and a weight loss surgery program. Chilton has recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, the Comprehensive Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. The hospital is located at 97 West Parkway in Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. For more information about Chilton's facilities and services, or to find a doctor by name, specialty, or location, please visit or call 1-888-CHILTON.

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