Oswego Health’s Surgery Center Staff Earns the Prestigious CNOR Strong Designation

OSWEGO – Oswego Health’s Surgery Center has earned the prestigious CNOR Strong designation, signifying that the members of its surgical services nursing staff members have demonstrated clinical knowledge, experience and judgement within their specialty, perioperative nursing.

From left are RN Nurse Educator Jody Wood; Lauren Miles, RN; Lorrie Galletta, RN; Brandi Leaf, RN; Cathy Bulger, RN; Karen D’Amico, RN; Director of the OR & Surgical Services Shannon Campbell; Oswego Health Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer Valarie Favata; and Terri Lutz, RN. Absent from the photo were RoseMarie Rockwell and Theresa Trapasso, RN.

To earn CNOR Strong certification, at least 50 percent of the surgical nursing staff must have obtained the individual CNOR certification.

“I am so pleased to announce that in fact more than 95 percent of my staff have achieved their CNOR certification, said Oswego Health Surgical Services Director Shannon Campbell. “Making this even more special is that few, if any surgical departments, regardless of their size, have a staff where a majority of the registered nurses earn this certification.”

To be eligible for the prestigious individual certification, leading to the CNOR Strong designation, registered nurses must be currently working in perioperative nursing in the area of nursing education, administration, research or clinical practice.

They are further required to have completed a minimum of two years and 2,400 hours of experience in perioperative nursing, with a minimum of 50 percent in the intraoperative setting.

Once they achieve these requirements they can sit for a 200-multiple choice examination that covers nine related subject areas.

CNOR certified nurses are committed to providing the highest quality care to their surgical patients and possess a have a greater confidence in their practice.

They have mastered perioperative nursing standards and promote a culture of professionalism and improve patient outcomes.

“I am very proud of Shannon and the ten nurses who have achieved this certification,” said Oswego Health Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Valerie Favata. “Our patients benefit as it signifies that the staff provides a higher level of care and possesses a deeper knowledge of evidenced-based practices.”

The letters, CNOR are not an acronym, but rather indicate that an individual has demonstrated the knowledge and skills that denote competency in the specialized field of perioperative nursing.