USNH Okinawa Operating Room Nurses Achieve 100% CNOR Certification

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All of the eligible nurses in the United States Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan Main Operating Room now meet the criteria to be Certified Perioperative Nurses (CNOR). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William McCann/Released)
All of the eligible nurses in the United States Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan Main Operating Room now meet the criteria to be Certified Perioperative Nurses (CNOR). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William McCann/Released)

USNH Okinawa Operating Room Nurses Achieve 100% CNOR Certification

by: U. S. Naval Hospital Okinawa Public Affairs Office | .
U.S. Navy | .
published: January 08, 2016

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan— United States Naval Hospital Okinawa (USNHO) was recently recognized by the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). All of the eligible nurses in USNHO’s Main Operating Room meet the criteria to be Certified Perioperative Nurses (CNOR).  

"It’s very rare to have all of your eligible nurses certified," said Commander Laurie Basabe, USNHO Associate Director for Surgical Services and Department Head for the Main Operating Room. "In my 14 years working in the operating room, I have never worked in a facility with 100% certification."

According to Basabe, having all eligible nurses certified can only be achieved by having an experienced and extremely motivated nursing staff.  

“The CNOR certification is encouraged, but not required,” says Basabe. “The nurse must not only have experience under their belt, but they also must have the desire to represent our community's highest standards; recognized not only as military officers but as professional experts in the Perioperative Community as a whole.”

The CCI website states that 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. CNOR certification also recognizes a nurse’s commitment to professional development.

A nurse must be a Perioperative Nurse for at least two full years before they can even take the CNOR certification exam. According to CCI, the average nurse spends between two and three months preparing. CNOR must then be renewed every five years which requires an extensive amount of continuing education. Earning the CNOR credential is considered a mark of distinction and a highly sought after personal as well as professional accomplishment.

“For our patients, this means the highest quality and standard of care when they have surgery here,” says Basabe.

Results from a recent study published in the November 2014 issue of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses Journal indicate specialty nursing certification contributes to improved surgical patient outcomes in hospitals.

U. S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan is the largest overseas military treatment facility in the Navy, and delivers an average of 100 babies per month.  The hospital serves a beneficiary population of 55,000 active duty personnel, family members, civilian employees, contract personnel, and retirees.  The facility also provides referral services for over 189,000 beneficiaries throughout the western Pacific.  

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