Big Rapids Hospital
Celebrating Certified Nurses Day
Big Rapids nurses share benefits of special credentials.
BIG RAPIDS, Mich., March 21, 2022 – In observance of Certified Nurses Day March 19, two Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospital nurses shared the significance of gaining additional knowledge through extra certification.
Over 40 registered nurses at Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals have achieved a nursing certification, demonstrating professionalism and excellence. Certified Nurses Day is March 19, the birthday of nurse credentialing expert and advocate, Margarette Madden.
“As a nurse, obtaining a professional certification demonstrates that you are committed to going above and beyond by taking this initiative and becoming an expert in your field,” said Shannon Behling, clinical nurse specialist at both hospitals. “This is an amazing way to role model to other nurses how important it is to continually learn and grow in your own practice.”
Jenna Minor, RN, achieved her breast-feeding certification (CBC) in 2015 during her own nursing journey with her daughter.
“Becoming a CBC has given me several tools and resources to assist moms who nurse their babies,” Minor said. “It has allowed me to teach women to be confident in what their bodies and babies are capable of and assist with latching, positioning and lactation management.”
Minor earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2010 from Ferris State University and works as a labor and delivery nurse at Big Rapids Hospital.
While attending FSU, Minor obtained a phlebotomy certificate and worked in the hospital lab to gain clinical experience while in college.
She also earned a national certification in Corporation-Electronic Fetal Monitoring in 2021.
“This certification focuses on identifying and interpreting the significance of fetal heart rate patterns to determine patient interventions, and knowledge of maternal and fetal complications,” Minor explained. “This certification has allowed me to provide high quality, safe, effective care to my patients.”
Brandie Hubble, RN, received her medical surgical advanced certification (CMSRN) in 2019.
Hubble has worked as an inpatient and critical care unit nurse, a charge nurse and nurse preceptor at Big Rapids Hospital.
Hubble earned her RN from West Shore Community College in 2009.
Like Minor, she said gaining her advanced certification has been important.
“I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it,” Hubble said in achieving her CMSRN. “It has given me a little more confidence in myself.”
To commemorate Certified Nurses Day, each advanced certification nurse at Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals received a small gift bag.
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