NGHS Wins National Emergency Nursing Award

Published on October 17, 2019

Northeast Georgia Health System was recently awarded the 2019 National Certification Champion Award in the healthcare system category from the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) for its commitment to emergency nursing excellence.

"We could not be prouder of our exceptional nurses who go above and beyond the call of duty each and every day," said Angela Gary, executive director for trauma and emergency services for NGHS. "Their passion for excellence is proven not only through the exceptional care they provide to our patients but also through their commitment to continuous improvement and excellence through board certification."

Winners were chosen for excellence in three areas: pursuing board certification in advanced emergency nursing; designing and implementing innovative practices and programs to encourage emergency nursing specialty certification; and demonstrating the impact of a board-certified emergency nurse workforce on patient, nurse and organizational outcomes.

"Emergency nurses and organizations that support and advocate for their peers and staff to become board certified are growing and sustaining an expert emergency nurse workforce," said BCEN Executive Director Janie Schumaker, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, CENP, CPHQ, FABC. "BCEN is pleased to recognize the winners for their professionalism, innovation and heartfelt dedication to providing the best possible care."

To learn more about NGHS' emergency services and nursing career opportunities, visit www.nghs.com.  

Visit www.bcen.org/awards for details about the winners' accomplishments and information about all of BCEN's awards.

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ABOUT NORTHEAST GEORGIA HEALTH SYSTEM

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a non-profit on a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do. Our team cares for more than 1 million people across the region through four hospitals and a variety of outpatient locations. Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has campuses in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder and Dahlonega - with a total of more than 700 beds and more than 1,100 medical staff members representing more than 50 specialties. Learn more at www.nghs.com.

ABOUT BCEN

The independent, nonprofit Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) develops robust certification exams fostering empowered nurses across the emergency spectrum who contribute noticeably to patient care, safety and outcomes. Over 53,000 BCEN board certifications are currently held by registered nurses (RNs) who specialize in emergency, flight, critical care ground transport, pediatric emergency and trauma nursing. BCEN offers the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®), Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®), Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN®), Certified Transport Registered Nurse (CTRN®) and Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN®) certifications. The CEN, CFRN, CPEN, and TCRN certification programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certifications. Learn more at bcen.org. Follow BCEN on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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