Nurses earn Belvoir Hospital 'CNOR Strong' certification
Dr. Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
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by Alexandra Snyder
Belvoir Community Hospital Public Affairs
FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Nov. 19, 2015) -- The Competency and Credentialing Institute recently named Fort Belvoir Community Hospital as a "CNOR Strong" facility.

To achieve the certification, more than 50 percent of a hospital's operating room nurses must undergo a rigorous process to master high standards of practices and become individually certified.

According to experts, hospitals with high rates of this certification see significant reductions in surgical infections. This certification was especially challenging for Belvoir Hospital to obtain as it is a joint service facility with nurses who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and in a civil service and contractor capacity, said Cmdr. Carol Burroughs, chief of Perioperative Services here.

"Our government civilian and contract nursing positions highly recommend, but do not require, CNOR certification," said Burroughs. "Utilizing evidence-based practice, we have validated the importance of becoming certified."

Earning the CNOR credential involves an intense credentialing program aimed to "enhance and validate its profession's specialized knowledge and skills," according to the Competency and Credentialing Institute. Physicians also appreciate the highly-trained and experienced operating room nursing team, Burroughs added.

"We've embraced a culture of safety, quality and professionalism at Belvoir Hospital," she said. "Our civilian colleagues have joined us in earning this certification.  We are proud to demonstrate our commitment to this nursing specialty and to provide the best care to our patients every day."

The Competency and Credentialing Institute is a leader in credentialing, nursing competency assessment and education for the perioperative nursing community since 1979. The institute has developed and maintained the credentials for certified nurse operating room (CNOR), certified surgical services manager (CSSM), certified registered nurse first assistant (CRNFA) and certified nurse specialist-perioperative (CNS-CP) for more than 35 years. More than 34,250 perioperative nurses nationwide currently hold a CNOR credential.