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CMC Perioperative Team Earns 2021 CNOR® Strong Designation

Posted on March 22, 2021

Cumberland Medical Center is pleased to announce it has recently earned the Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR®) Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). The CNOR Strong designation is given to facilities having at least 50 percent of its Operating Room nursing staff CNOR certified through training specific to their area of expertise. 

“We are proud of our perioperative nurses who have pursued this certification to guarantee they are doing their very best to put patients first in all that they do each and every day. Their commitment to excel helps us deliver nationally benchmarked, high-quality healthcare close to home for our community,” says CMC Chief Nursing Officer Shana Wyatt. 

CMC has 87 percent perioperative nurses who have achieved CNOR® certification, and they are registered nurses: Sabrina Christopher, Michelle Hearndon, Michele Hinds, Pam Kendrick, Shannon McGhee, Ilene Teeple, and Tarah Wyatt.

The CNOR® certification program is for perioperative nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills, and providing the highest quality care to their patients. Certification also recognizes a nurse’s commitment to professional development. It is an objective, measurable way of acknowledging the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation and RN licensure.

Research shows that nurses who earn the CNOR credential have greater confidence in their clinical practice. Certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice advance a culture of professionalism and promoting improved patient outcomes. The CNOR Strong program recognizes facilities’ commitment to making a difference for patients both inside and outside the operating room.

“Patient safety and positive surgical outcomes are of the utmost importance.  Supporting nurses as they exceed expectations to achieve their perioperative nursing certification shows we are committed to providing excellent patient care,” confirms Wyatt.

Established in 1979, CCI provides the CNOR® and CSSM® credentials to more than 35,000 registered nurses, making it one of the largest specialty nursing credentialing organizations and the leading certification body for perioperative nurses. The mission of CCI is to lead competency credentialing that promotes safe, quality patient care and that supports lifelong learning.

For more information about the CNOR® Strong Designation, visit www.cc-institute.org.

CNOR Strong 2021 at CMC


Pictured left to right front row: Sabrina Christopher, Tarah Wyatt, and Michelle Hearndon. Standing: Shannon McGhee, Ilene Teeple, Michele Hinds, and Pam Kendrick.