Yale-New Haven Hospital
Shoreline Medical Center / Saint Raphael Campus / York St.
Less than a year ago the staff and management of Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) started a discussion about requiring nursing specialty certifications. Now their goal is 100% specialty certification within two years for the nursing staff at all three YNHH emergency departments. “Certification is about raising the bar – raising the expectations of standards, the level of performance and increasing the comfort level of competency and knowledge,” said Mark Sevilla, MS, RN, CENP, Nursing Director of Emergency Services.
The Chief Nursing Officer was immediately supportive of the idea. Sevilla noted, “We are very lucky. The CNO knows that if you really want to improve, you have to support education. She committed funds towards certification, and YNHH overall has been committed to keeping funds available.”
“It’s really important for the staff to know that management is supportive, that they want people to be successful,” said Diane Rescigno, RN, BSN, CEN, Assistant Patient Services Manager SRC. In early March, YNHH hosted a certification review class that was free to attend, and Rescigno noticed that the staff came back energized. She has always believed that certification contributes to positive outcomes. Read the full story.