ONCC Honors Saint Peter’s University Hospital with 2013 Employer Recognition Award
Friday, May 03, 2013
The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) has named Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, as the recipient of its 2013 Employer Recognition Award. Each year, this award recognizes one institution that employs 25 or more registered nurses for providing sustained support of oncology nursing certification. The award was presented during the ONCC Recognition Breakfast for Oncology Certified Nurses on April 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Saint Peter’s University Hospital began providing support for certification just a few years ago. Since then, they increased the number of oncology certified nurses at the hospital from 4% to 100%. The hospital provides full financial support for certification fees, as well as on-site study sessions. They recognize certified nurses by adding their credentials to name badges, hosting recognition events, and celebrating Certified Nurses Day with a full-page local newspaper advertisement honoring the certified nurses. They also frame and display nurses’ certificates at the entrance to the oncology patient care units, so that patients can see the qualifications of the nurses who are providing their care. The hospital also provides certified nurses with a $5 per hour pay increase, which is believed to be the highest certification pay differential in the state. Their employment policies indicate a preference for hiring certified nurses, and require new nurses to pursue certification as soon as they meet the eligibility criteria. They also fully support their nurses’ participation in oncology nursing educational conferences.
Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in geriatrics, oncology, orthopedics, women’s services, and ambulatory care.
The hospital, part of the Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, and is recognized as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
ONCC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote excellence in patient care and professional practice by validating specialized knowledge in oncology nursing and related specialties. ONCC administered the first Oncology Certified Nurse examination in 1986. Today, ONCC offers basic and advanced certification in adult oncology nursing, basic certification in pediatric oncology/hematology nursing, and specialty certification in breast care nursing. More than 34,000 nurses are currently certified by ONCC. Learn more about ONCC at www.oncc.org.
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