(Napa, CA) – Queen of the Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce that 13 nurses from the orthopedic unit are preparing to take the Orthopedic Nursing Certification Board (ONCB) examination, this autumn. The credential they will receive, Orthopedic Nurse Certificate (ONC), qualifies these nurses as experts within this specialty. The ONC is the only credential that documents the highest level of expertise in the practice of orthopedic nursing.
"Orthopedic nursing certification benefits patients and their families, our nurses, and our community," says Barbara Eusebio, RN, JD, Vice President Patient Care Services at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, "Orthopedic nursing certification validates nurses’ knowledge and experience. It also indicates they are experts in providing unsurpassed orthopedic care. This is just one of the ways we demonstrate our commitment to clinical expertise in the care of individuals, families and our community."
Rapid scientific and technological advances in musculoskeletal care require today’s nurses to know more and do more than ever before. In addition, the United States is facing a nursing shortage "that is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows" (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2004). Coupled with the growing prevalence of musculoskeletal disease in the United States, this growing shortage means that fewer qualified nurses are caring for more patients with these disorders. The competence of orthopedic nurses is of paramount importance. ONC certification provides validation of the specialized knowledge and experience required for uncompromising performance.
ONC certification benefits the individual, the profession and the public through:
- Promotion of quality patient care
- Elevation of the standards of orthopedic nursing practice
- Expanded career opportunities
- Peer recognition
In order to qualify for the ONC program applicant must hold a current, full and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States, have 2 full years of experience practicing as an RN and have a minimum of 1000 hours of work experience as an RN in orthopedic nursing practice within the past 3 years. For more information on orthopedic services provided by Queen of the Valley Medical Center, call 707-251-3509.
About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, imaging center and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at www.thequeen.org
For a free physician referral call 1-877-QUEEN LINE (1-877-783-3654) or visit www.thequeen.org