Judy Blauwet Sr.VP of Hospital Operations and Chief Nursing Officer at Avera McKennan.
When you are admitted to the hospital, you never go in thinking, gee, I hope I get mediocre care. Avera McKennan would never allow that. In fact, they go a step further by encouraging their nurses to get their certification. Action News Anchor Nancy Naeve Brown asked the Chief Nursing Officer why having certified nurses is so important.
Judy Blauwet is the Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations and Chief Nursing Officer at Avera McKennan. She says, "The importance of certification for our nurses comes from the hospital perspective of certification is the external validation of excellence and its knowledge and competency of our nurses in an advanced way. So it's that external validation that is so important to us as an organization.
And if I step back and even think of my own journey, for me to pass that certification, it's a pride factor. I know now I'm an expert in my knowledge and skill and that increases self confidence. I go out feeling like I got this nailed, I'm really good and I'm really smart. It gives you that personal gratification, personal pride. I like anyone else will perform in a better way. They will interact with the team, approach situations, will question and we just practice at a higher level and that comes across to other physicians, other colleagues in the organization and with the team. The patient, though, is the beneficiary of that.
Q: That is exactly what I was going to ask you. When you are here, you want your nurse to be on top of everything.
A: Exactly, and that confidence is huge. It just helps us all to perform at a higher level and with that confidence the patient ultimately wins."
We are going to meet a nurse in ICU who just went through the certification process. If you have questions call 877-AT-AVERA.