Structural Empowerment

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From left, front row:
Masha Pavlov, JoAnn Medina, Yuet Ho

Back row: Cindy Harmer, Nancy Kenny, Andrea Margolis, Caroline Pinchon

OR Los Gatos Certified Nurses not shown: Eunah Kang, Hong Shi, Susan Beck

JoAnn Medina, RN, Clinical Nurse in the OR on our Los Gatos campus, attended a CNOR Conference and learned about the True North Award. She returned to her unit with great enthusiasm, offering to become the unit's champion for certification. The goal that was set was to have at least 50 percent of eligible OR nurses become certified.

With the support of PACU Assistant Manager Judy Moreno and Perioperative Director Cindy Harmer, JoAnn filed the application for the True North Award on behalf of her unit. This included an endorsement letter written by Cheryl Reinking, CNO.

While the OR at Los Gatos did not win the True North award, they did receive Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) official recognition. CCI stated in the recognition that "this facility advances a culture of patient safety."

Key Takeaways
  • The OR on our Los Gatos campus received the "CNOR Strong Hospital" designation due to achievement of a high percentage of certified nurses on its staff.

2014 was a banner year for new certifications. El Camino Hospital nursing staff has now exceeded over 400 certified nurses enterprise-wide! Managers and educators supported new certification by holding onsite review courses and, in the NICU area, even administering the test onsite!

View the list of nurses with certifications earned in 2014.

Thumbnail of PDF List click to download

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New BSN Degrees 2014
  • Pamela Fiehmann, RN, Intensive Care
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New MSN Degrees 2014
  • Antonette Lesaca, RN, Behavioral Health
  • Angelita Romasanta, RN, Telemetry
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Marissa Szyslowski, WOCN, and Karen Roman, RN, co-chairs of Central Partnership Council
El Camino Hospital nurses participate in an active shared governance model. The Central Partnership Council (CPC) is the overarching council for all shared governance, and includes clinical nurses from every nursing department, as well as one management representative per service line, and then representatives from various other councils such as Nursing Research Council. CPC meets monthly and is chaired by two clinical nurses: Karen Roman, RN, and Marissa Szyslowski, WOCN.