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OU Medicine Celebrates Certified Nurses Day March 19

      OKLAHOMA CITY – As healthcare becomes increasingly complex, registered nurses serve ever more important roles at the patient’s bedside each day.

      Many nurses at OU Medicine go beyond their educational and licensing requirements to earn national certification in their specialty areas. The process of certification, while challenging, allows nurses to increase their knowledge and level of care for the patients they serve. On March 19, OU Medicine is celebrating Certified Nurses Day by honoring the certified nurses on its staff.

      “On National Certified Nurses Day, we take that time to pause and honor the registered nurses who have invested in their professional growth and development by pursuing certification,” said OU Medicine Chief Nurse Executive Cathy Pierce, who is also a certified registered nurse. “We are proud that we have many nurses caring for patients at OU Medicine who are certified, knowing that the care they provide is advancing nursing practice.”

      Registered nurses Bart Wells and Chenelle Clark-Doolin are two OU Medicine nurses who have earned certification in their respective areas of critical care and maternal-newborn care. Both pursued certification for its ability to enhance their knowledge and keep abreast of changes. The certification process involves many hours of self-study in preparation for a lengthy and difficult test.

      “I became certified because I wanted to be exposed to new evidence-based research in my field, so that I can be the best advocate for my patients,” said Clark-Doolin, who earned certification in 2005 and has renewed it every three years since. “Because of my certification, I feel like I’m more aware of what to look for in the mothers and babies I take care of.”

      Clark-Doolin’s work includes serving on the nurse team in the Newborn Transition Program, which is part of the Mother-Baby Unit in The Children’s Hospital. Sometimes babies are temporarily separated from their mothers when they have problems such as respiratory distress, hypoglycemia or hypothermia. The goal of the Newborn Transition Program is to resolve those issues in order to reunite mother and baby and prevent the infant’s need to go to the neonatal intensive care unit.

      Going through the certification process helps Clark-Doolin to recognize important signs and risk factors when symptoms aren’t evident, such as the subtle flaring of a newborn’s nostrils when he isn’t getting enough oxygen or knowing a baby’s risk for low blood sugar.

      “The sooner you can recognize something, the sooner the baby can get help,” she said. “Our goal is to give new babies skin-to-skin contact with their mothers – research shows it’s best to do that as soon as possible.”

      Wells was driven to earn board certification as a relatively new critical care nurse. After working in the entertainment and theater industry for 25 years, he decided upon a career change and went to the OU College of Nursing in 2014. After earning his license and finishing his residency in one of OU Medical Center’s intensive care units, Wells decided to immediately pursue certification. Although he now works on the Code Blue Team – the Emergency Response Nursing Team -- certification has served him well in both settings.

      As an ICU nurse, Wells was with each patient for long hours. That allowed him to keep track of the minutiae of a patient’s condition in order to present a well-rounded report to attending physicians. Studying for the certification test allowed him to dig deep into those details and understand why each medication and intervention is important. In his current role as a nurse that responds to emergencies in a non-intensive hospital setting, Wells often educates his peers about critical situations.

      “Because I went to nursing school in my 40s, people probably see that I’m older than some nurses and expect that I have been a nurse for a long time,” he said. “Certification gave me an extra piece of confidence to walk into a room and communicate with patients, physicians or other nurses.”

Certification also assures Wells that he is equipped with the latest information to take care of his patients.

      “One of the highest compliments I’ve received was from a patient I took care of who was very scared,” he said “When it came time to move the patient out of the ICU, they said to me, ‘I don’t want to go because you make me feel very safe.’ That’s the kind of nurse that I want to be – when patients or family members see me, I want them to feel a sense of calm about me taking care of them. I want them to have confidence that I’m going to look out for them and be their voice.”

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