Celebrating Certified Nurses the 2021 Way! Call for Photo Submissions and Entity Events

Certified Nurses Day is March 19!

In lieu of our annual group photo, each entity will be hosting events to celebrate their Certified Nurses.  We will also be accepting photo submissions to be included in the Celebrating Certified Nurses Scrapbook which will also include the entity highlights.  (Please see bottom of message for definition of a Certified Nurse for this feature.)

Photo submissions:
Please send your photo submissions to sherri.stringfellow@vumc.org by Wednesday, March 10, 2021.  

For all individuals featured, please include:
- name
- credentials
- job title
- work area
*For group photos, please follow COVID masking and social distancing guidelines.

Entity Celebrations:
Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital
ZOOM Room Photos
Tuesday, February 23
VUAH Certified Nurses choose either:
- 7:00am  https://zoom.us/j/9741345871
- 5:00pm https://zoom.us/j/9741345871

VUAH Certified Nursing Leaders
- Thursday, February 23 (by invitation)

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
- February 18 NLB ZOOM Room Photos
- Unit/Clinic leadership will also be coordinating pictures of their certified nursing staff.

Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
- Karen Hunter will be coordinating gathering pictures of VPH Certified Nurses throughout February. 

Vanderbilt Medical Group
- Tuesday, February 23
  7:30am Microsoft Teams Channel VMG Certified Nurses
***In addition, please complete this quick REDCap Survey: https://redcap.link/VMGCertifiedNurses2021

Please email sherri.stringfellow@vumc.org 

* Definition of a "Certified VUMC Nurse" for these events:
Certification is the formal recognition of the specialized knowledge, skills, and experience demonstrated by the achievement of standards identified by a nursing specialty to promote optimal health outcomes.  After meeting defined eligibility criteria, a certification candidate achieves a nationally recognized credential through the successful completion of a rigorous examination.

Certification examples include:
CCRN, CPN, OCN, CNOR, RN-BC, etc. and Board Certified Nurse Practitioners.

Certifications that are not included:
Specific nursing roles have designated skill sets that are required for safe patient care, such as basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), pediatric advanced life support (PALS) and others.  While these skill sets are crucial to patient safety, professional certification goes above and beyond this to measure and acknowledge an exceptional level of competency in nursing specialties.