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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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VA Employee Granted the Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN) Credential

January 29, 2007

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center Employee Achievement:

HOUSTON, TX – Constance (Connie) Ward, MSN, RN, BC, CNRN, staff nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, has earned CNRN certification through the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing.

Neuroscience nursing practice includes clinical practice, consultation research, administration or education in the neuroscience field.  Certification is an important credential that attests to the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation.  It is evidence of clinical expertise and leadership in neuroscience nursing practice.  CNRN status is granted for five years and is renewed through validation of continuing education or re-education.  There are currently more than 2,500 nurses who have earned the CNRN designation.

The American Board of Neuroscience Nursing (ABNN) is the independent, not-for-profit corporation established to design, implement and evaluate a certification program for professional nurses involved in the specialty practice of Neuroscience Nursing.  ABNN is solely responsible for the development, administration and evaluation of the certification program.  Neuroscience nursing is the diagnosis and treatment of actual or potential patient and family responses to nervous system function and dysfunction across the healthcare continuum.  ABNN promotes the practice and the contributions made by Neuroscience Nurses to the health of the nation through the certification of registered nurses.