Shelli Hines, RN, BSN, Director Patient Care Services at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC) has been granted Progressive Care Certification (PCCN) by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, a prestigious national organization headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California.
The certification was the culmination of several months of rigorous preparation including a review course held in April in Kansas City where Hines met for two days of classes with 75 of her contemporaries from across Kansas followed by two months of intensive study.
The PCCN certification program saw its origin in 2004 and is designed for progressive care nurses providing care to acutely ill adult patients.
To complete the process, Hines successfully completed a two and one half hour, 125 question examination testing all facets of her area of expertise which includes work in the pulmonary and rehab units within HRMC.
The certification is effective for a period of three years at which time Hines may apply for recertification.
Hines joined HRMC in 1995 as a Med-Surgical nurse and progressed through several departments within the hospital before being named a Nursing Director in 2012.
Hines said the certification process sparked a fire within her to learn the newest and most up to date interventions that will be beneficial in providing patient care and in working with the staff under her supervision.
“Patient situations are more complex today than they once were,” Hines said. “These days, patients are often dealing with multiple illnesses ranging from diabetes to pulmonary disease to heart and vascular diseases.”
“In patient care, we learn something new every day and the certification process along with other educational opportunities available to healthcare professionals is important as we strive to stay abreast of advancements being made in the treatment of diseases,” Hines continued.
Julie Ward, Vice President for Patient Care Services at Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, said certifications are an area of highest priority at all levels within the healthcare system.
“Whenever possible, we encourage our employees at Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System to pursue professional certification opportunities and support them in every way throughout the process,” Ward said. “Certification is no easy task and is achieved through lengthy hours of study and preparation culminating in a difficult multiple choice examination.”
“Shelli is to be commended for this significant accomplishment and the knowledge she gained will be imparted to her staff and patients every day of her employment going forward at HRMC,” Ward continued.
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center is an entity of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System. Other entities are Health-E-Quip, Horizons Mental Health Center, Hospice and Homecare of Reno County, Ray E. Dillon Living Center and Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation.
Richard Shank, External Affairs Representative
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center