PITTSBURGH, PA – April 29, 2014 – The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) has named Baptist Health Lexington in Lexington, KY as the recipient of the 2014 Employer Recognition Award. Baptist Health Lexington was selected for the award based on the hospital’s support and recognition of oncology nursing certification.
At Baptist Health Lexington, certification is a priority. All oncology nurses who are not certified at the time of employment are required to take the OCN® examination within one year of meeting eligibility, and oncology nursing certification is required for all advanced practice positions. Nurses are supported throughout the certification process. Free on-site preparation classes are provided, nurses are reimbursed for review courses, and they are encouraged to attend study sessions during their scheduled work hours. The hospital also provides full reimbursement for the cost of successful testing and renewal.
Due to these efforts, 100% of eligible nurses are certified at Baptist Health Lexington. Once certification is attained, nurses are recognized through an email announcement to all oncology staff members, the Magnet Coordinator, the Vice President of Oncology Services, and the Chief Nursing Officer. Recognition plaques are hung in each unit, listing the names of the certified nurses who work in that area. Baptist Health Lexington also celebrates Certified Nurses Day, during which all certified nurses wear an "OCN" sash, and nurses who are not yet certified wear "OCN in Training" sashes. Patients are informed of the importance of certification and wear "My nurses are OCN" stickers for the day.
"Baptist Health Lexington is honored to have been chosen as the recipient of the 2014 ONCC Employer Recognition Award. Like ONCC, we believe that 'certification makes a difference.' Our oncology nurses are better prepared to anticipate and meet the needs of our patients as a result of our certification efforts. We are grateful to our nursing staff for their dedication to achieving oncology certification, and to our leadership for fully supporting our oncology certification efforts. This award demonstrates our organization's dedication to supporting high-quality oncology nursing care. We are thrilled to receive this recognition," stated Susan Yackzan, Director of Clinical Oncology.
The award will be presented during the ONCC Recognition Breakfast at the ONS Annual Congress on May 2, 2014 in Anaheim, CA.
The Employer Recognition Award is presented annually to an institution that employs 25 or more registered nurses for providing sustained support of oncology nursing certification. To win the award, the institution must be nominated by an ONCC certified nurse, with documentation describing the institution’s recognition, appreciation, encouragement, or advancement of oncology nursing certification.
Baptist Health Lexington is a 383-bed medical research and education center. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission, and has been awarded Magnet status designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.