NURSING RECOGNITION & RETENTION: HOW ONE UNIT RECOGNIZES AND PROMOTES ONCOLOGY NURSING CERTIFICATION

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165249
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
NURSING RECOGNITION & RETENTION: HOW ONE UNIT RECOGNIZES AND PROMOTES ONCOLOGY NURSING CERTIFICATION
Author(s):
Giallo-Uvino, Anna; Suzanne Sweeney Gornell, Suzanne; Boyle, Mary G.
Author Details:
Anna Giallo-Uvino, RN BSN OCN, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York, USA, email: gialloa@mskcc.org; Suzanne Sweeney Gornell; Mary G. Boyle, RN
Abstract:
Oncology nurses at a comprehensive cancer center identified a need to promote certification among its nursing staff. Although a number of nurses had obtained the certification, an equal number of nurses were not certified. With the increasing complexity of cancer treatments, certification provides a measure of excellence. Developing a formal process of recognizing and encouraging nurses to become certified helps with job satisfaction and retention. This presentation will describe the steps taken to acknowledge oncology nursing certification and in effect enhance the oncology nursesÆ professional development in one outpatient department. As part of the shared governance committee structure, the Recruitment, Recognition and Retention Committee was formed in 2006. One of the goals of this task force was evaluating the number of certified nurses in the facility. We surveyed the nurses in our genitourinary medical oncology and urology department via an email questionnaire. Results indicated that 21 of 42 staff nurses are certified in oncology nursing. To recognize this achievement, three of the outpatient nurses organized a number of activities such as obtaining a certification plaque from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC), a plaque dedication party, and public recognition of the nurses' accomplishments in the Nursing Spectrum. Our plaque is displayed in our lobby for all patients to see. Certification in oncology nursing is a specific way to ensure that nurses have the education, skill and knowledge to practice in a competent manner. Certification promotes professional development, opens doors to new career opportunities, and is valued by employers and patients. By highlighting the accomplishments of the departmentÆs certified nurses, we can promote and mentor more nurses to pursue their certification. OCN certification is a professional achievement that nursing administration believes in and supports. Encouraging dialogue of the process between staff, posting deadlines for the test and the application process, time off for test taking, a hospital approved review course are ways to support staff in this endeavor. This project, though small in scale resulted in positively affecting the pursuit of oncology nursing certification. Since the project's initiation, 3 additional nurses in our unit have successfully taken the test.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleNURSING RECOGNITION & RETENTION: HOW ONE UNIT RECOGNIZES AND PROMOTES ONCOLOGY NURSING CERTIFICATIONen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGiallo-Uvino, Annaen_US
dc.contributor.authorSuzanne Sweeney Gornell, Suzanneen_US
dc.contributor.authorBoyle, Mary G.en_US
dc.author.detailsAnna Giallo-Uvino, RN BSN OCN, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York, USA, email: gialloa@mskcc.org; Suzanne Sweeney Gornell; Mary G. Boyle, RNen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165249-
dc.description.abstractOncology nurses at a comprehensive cancer center identified a need to promote certification among its nursing staff. Although a number of nurses had obtained the certification, an equal number of nurses were not certified. With the increasing complexity of cancer treatments, certification provides a measure of excellence. Developing a formal process of recognizing and encouraging nurses to become certified helps with job satisfaction and retention. This presentation will describe the steps taken to acknowledge oncology nursing certification and in effect enhance the oncology nursesÆ professional development in one outpatient department. As part of the shared governance committee structure, the Recruitment, Recognition and Retention Committee was formed in 2006. One of the goals of this task force was evaluating the number of certified nurses in the facility. We surveyed the nurses in our genitourinary medical oncology and urology department via an email questionnaire. Results indicated that 21 of 42 staff nurses are certified in oncology nursing. To recognize this achievement, three of the outpatient nurses organized a number of activities such as obtaining a certification plaque from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC), a plaque dedication party, and public recognition of the nurses' accomplishments in the Nursing Spectrum. Our plaque is displayed in our lobby for all patients to see. Certification in oncology nursing is a specific way to ensure that nurses have the education, skill and knowledge to practice in a competent manner. Certification promotes professional development, opens doors to new career opportunities, and is valued by employers and patients. By highlighting the accomplishments of the departmentÆs certified nurses, we can promote and mentor more nurses to pursue their certification. OCN certification is a professional achievement that nursing administration believes in and supports. Encouraging dialogue of the process between staff, posting deadlines for the test and the application process, time off for test taking, a hospital approved review course are ways to support staff in this endeavor. This project, though small in scale resulted in positively affecting the pursuit of oncology nursing certification. Since the project's initiation, 3 additional nurses in our unit have successfully taken the test.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:15:10Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:15:10Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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