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Chilton Hospital Honors Certified Nurses Day

Pictured is just a sampling of Chilton’s 126 board certified nurses at the hospital’s annual Certified Nurses Day celebration on March 19. This year, Chilton celebrated a certification rate more than 8 percent higher than national average.

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 126 certified nurses for an event in their honor. To date, 28.6 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 (second year in a row)
  • Comprehensive Wound Healing/Hyperbaric Center: 67 percent
  • Endoscopy: 67 percent
  • MotherBaby Center: 66 percent
  • Education Department: 66 percent
  • Case Management: 62 percent
  • Operating Room: 59 percent
  • The Cancer Center/Chemotherapy: 50 percent

Chilton also acknowledged three nurses that were the first at the hospital to achieve specific certifications:

  • Dina Tortorelli, RN, CNML (Clinical Nurse Manager Leader)
  • Carol Bergemen, RN-BC (Nursing Informatics)
  • Susan Becker, RN, CHRN (Hyperbaric Nursing)

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.

“Board certification is not just an honor, but a reflection of a lifelong commitment to excellent patient care and outcomes,” said “Chilton Hospital Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Joanne Reich, RN, MA, NE-A, BC. “In addition, board certification is even more valuable than ever for hospitals due to the changing health care landscape which focuses on intensifying demands for efficiency and excellent care. I am proud to witness a growing number of nurses at Chilton each year who are serving as role models and clinical resources to their peers through certification. Last year we had 119 certified nurses and this year we celebrate 126.”

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, visit

Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is the first hospital in New Jersey to received Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Chilton recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, The Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. It is also 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. In addition, Chilton is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012. Chilton’s many services include a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the MotherBaby Center a weight loss surgery program and minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery. 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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