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GRH Applauds New Certified Nurse Assistant II Acute Care Graduates

Hospital news | Friday, October 16, 2009

Contact: Mardi Ford

Raising the bar: Hospital staff recently passed state board exams for licensure for CNA II – Acute Care. From left Joanna Swartout, Lucille Smith, instructors Diane Siltanen, RN, and Cheryl Cosgrove, RN, Angel Hull, Jan O’Daniels, Anthony White, Denise Fasolino and Patrice Deyo.

Seven Grande Ronde Hospital employees have successfully completed 40 hours of classroom instruction at Grande Ronde Hospital for new licensure by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

Over the next few weeks these individuals will be completing clinical skills evaluations at the hospital under the supervision of course instructors Cheryl Cosgrove, RN, and Diana Siltanen, RN. Cosgrove and Siltanen will submit all information to the state board and the students will receive licensure as "Certified Nursing Assistants II - Acute Care."

One of the graduates is Angel Hull, who works at the Grande Ronde Hospital Children’s Clinic. Hull said she enjoyed learning new skills and expanding her level of expertise.

“Just two of the many new skills that a CNA II can perform are the 12-lead EKG and newborn hearing screening,” said Hull.

“I feel that being a CNA II will help the nursing staff both here at the Ped's clinic and at the hospital. With the old and new skills we have learned, I know we can be a great asset and allow the nursing staff more time for other patient care duties.”

Their enhanced skills and knowledge will improve the quality of patient care and their value to Grande Ronde Hospital.