NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Saint Peter’s University Hospital has recently received national recognition for its support of perioperative nursing training and certification.

The hospital has earned the CNOR Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute, a designation given to facilities having at least 50% of their operating room nursing staff CNOR-certified.

The CNOR certification program is for perioperative nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills and providing the highest quality care to their patients. Certification also recognizes a nurse’s commitment to professional development. It is an objective, measurable way of acknowledging the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation and RN licensure.

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Certified nurses are known for their specialized skills and knowledge in the operating room. They have increased standards and responsibilities and can apply for more significant job opportunities. Hospitals are quick to hire CNOR certified nurses because of their reliability in the operating room and the ability to provide quality patient care.

Research shows that nurses who earn the CNOR credential have greater confidence in their clinical practice. Thus, a team of certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice provides even more empowerment, further advancing a culture of professionalism and promoting improved patient outcomes. This strength in numbers is why CCI launched the CNOR Strong program; to recognize those facilities committed to making a difference for its patients both inside and outside of the OR.

“The CNOR Strong designation tells our patients that the majority of nurses in the operating room achieve the highest level of skill in their practice,” said Roseann DiBrienza, MS, RN, NE-BC, director, Perioperative Services at Saint Peter’s. “It is a constant goal at Saint Peter’s for our nurses to reach a level of excellence. We want to make sure we keep reaching for and exceeding the bar so we can continue to expertly care for our patients.”