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Littleton Regional Healthcare Surgical Nurses Receive National Recognition

November 4, 2014

Littleton, NH, -Littleton Regional Healthcare is pleased to announce it has recently earned the CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). The CNOR Strong designation is given to facilities having at least 50% of its OR nursing staff CNOR certified, and provides programs that reward and recognize its certified nurses. LRH is one of only two hospitals in New Hampshire to receive this National Recognition.


Shown above (L to R): Katherine LeHoskey, RN, BSN, CNOR, Manager Surgical Services & Central Sterile, Colette Haywood, RN, CNOR, Lorelee Wetherbee, RN CNOR, Sonya Morse, APRN, RN, RNFA, CNOR, Linda White, BSN, RN, CNOR (Missing from photo: Ned Kershaw, RN, CNOR and Lisa Marie Kershaw, RN, CNOR )

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. Thus, a team of certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice provides even more empowerment, further advancing a culture of professionalism and promoting improved patient outcomes. The CNOR Strong program recognizes those facilities committed to making a difference for its patients both inside and outside of the OR.

Katherine LeHoskey, RN BSN CNOR Nurse Manager of Surgical Services at LRH described the significance of this achievement, "There is no requirement to become certified - it is a personal choice to validate your experience, knowledge and skills. Patients, employers and staff all benefit from certification as a mark of excellence. 70% of our eligible RNs are CNOR certified. As well, 75% of our surgical techs are certified. I am honored to work with a staff that embraces the professional credibility and feelings of personal accomplishment that certification provides."

Patient safety and positive surgical outcomes are of the utmost importance to a facility, and supporting nurses as they exceed expectations to achieve their perioperative nursing certification shows Littleton Regional Healthcare's commitment to its core values.

Linda Gilmore, CNO stated "Every day I'm impressed by the intense commitment this team of professionals shares with our patients and their families. As individuals, their skills and professionalism benefit our patients. As a unified team, they've elevated skills to an even higher level. Congratulations on this tremendous National Achievement."

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