Solid structures and processes developed by influential leadership provide an innovative environment where strong professional practice flourishes and where the missions, vision and values come to life to achieve the outcomes believed to be important for the organization.
Further strengthening practice are the strong relationships and partnerships developed among all types of community organizations to improve patient outcomes and the health of the communities they serve. This is accomplished through the organization’s strategic plan, structure, systems, policies and programs.
Staff needs to be developed, directed and empowered to find the best way to accomplish the organizational goals and achieve desired outcomes. This may be accomplished through a variety of structures and programs – one size does not fit all.
National certifications are granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), along with numerous professional organizations that oversee the standards for the many nursing specialties. Nurses who elect to undergo certification testing measure their knowledge and ability against these standards, validating expertise in their practice. Once certified, nurses commit to acquiring a prescribed number of continuing education credits and/or involvement in professional nursing activities to retain their certification. Patients certainly benefit from this commitment to excellence in practice.
Aspirus Wausau Hospital promotes national certification for nurses through the certification stipend program which offers complete or partial reimbursement for many certifications, and through the Clinical Advancement Program. Using these options as support, over 25% of clinical nurses at Aspirus Wausau Hospital maintain a certification. Six departments including the Wound Clinic, MedEvac, Cardiac ICU, Birthing Center, Cancer Center, and Med/Surg ICU boast nurse certification rates of greater than 50%.