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CCMH Surgical Services Employee Earns CNOR Certification

GILLETTE, WY – Campbell County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) Surgical Services employee Jessica Huckins, BSN, RN, recently earned her CNOR certification from the Competency and Credentialing Institute. Jessica has been with Campbell County Health for 11 years.

The Surgical Services Department at CCMH offers general surgery, cardiac cath lab, orthopedics, gynecological surgery, ENT, plastics, urology, eye surgery, spine, and pain clinic in an inpatient and outpatient setting in Gillette, Wyoming. Surgeries also take place at the Powder River Surgery Center—a multi-specialty surgical facility for patients who are admitted and discharged for surgery on the same day—located in the Stocktrail Building east of the hospital.

According to the Competency and Credentialing Institute, CNOR certification is defined as “the documented validation of the professional achievement of identified standards of practice by an individual registered nurse providing care for patients before, during and after surgery.”

As the only accredited credentialing program for perioperative registered nurses, CNOR certification is the gold standard. Candidates have three hours and 45 minutes to complete the exam, which has 200 multiple-choice questions that assess a nurses' proficiency in nine comprehensive perioperative nursing subjects. Two years of surgical experience is required before a nurse is eligible to take the exam.

Specialty nursing certification is an objective measure of knowledge that validates if a nurse is qualified to provide specialized nursing care. According to the Competency and Credentialing Institute, more than 34,250 nurses currently hold the CNOR credential.

To learn more about Surgical Services at CCMH, visit www.cchwyo.org/surgery. To learn more about the Powder River Surgery Center, visit www.cchwyo.org/PRSC.