OTTUMWA-Two nurses in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Ottumwa Regional Health Center recently achieved a certification milestone. Veronica Pickrell, RN Nurse Manager; and Teresa Tipton, RN Case Manager spent the last several months studying for the Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN) exam and successfully passed in December. They were encouraged to go through the process of certification by their leadership and were motivated to represent a highly educated staff when the unit is surveyed by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the regulatory inspection body that surveys acute rehabilitation units every three years.
“We first attended a two day course at the beginning of the year,” shares Veronica Pickrell, RN. “We then spent the next several months studying to prepare for the certification exam.”
Though CRRN certification is an intensive process, both nurses are glad they did it. “It makes me feel confident that I can bring this knowledge to my work and provide better outcomes for our patients,” says Teresa Tipton, RN. “We can also provide valuable mentoring to our staff in the work we do each day.”
Each nurse is required to re-certify every 5 years and show proof of continuing education during that time in courses specific to nursing rehabilitation.