Research Medical Center
June 13, 2012

Eight Nurses Receive Distinguished Neuroscience CertificationResearch Medical Center received a grant for eight nurses to complete the Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN) credential. This distinguished certification formally recognizes the attainment and demonstration of a unique body of knowledge necessary for the practice of neuroscience nursing and is overseen by the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing. The CNRN credential, which is accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties, has promoted excellence in neuroscience nursing since 1978. Only 3,900 nurses nationwide and only 91 nurses in Missouri hold the certification.

The eight Research Medical Center nurses who have attained the CNRN include: Deena Matt, RN; Melissa Ellis, RN; Jacki Addington, RN; Michelle Jackson, RN; Robin Burkhead, RN; Susan Hale, RN; Mary Beth Golden, RN; and Lori Brown, RN.

Many of the nurses work in the hospital’s intensive care unit and at the Midwest Neuroscience Institute at Research Medical Center where patients receive advanced neurological treatment.

Kevin J. Hicks, chief executive officer of Research Medical Center, says the eight neuroscience nurses reflect commitment to their patients, the hospital and their profession. “Taking the initiative to obtain a credential like the CNRN further advances Research’s mission of serving the community with the best possible patient care,” he says. “The Midwest Neuroscience Institute at Research Medical Center is poised to build a multi-million dollar program with advanced technology and services designated in the care of brain and nervous system patients in Kansas City and the outlying region. Neurology, neurosurgical, radiology and oncology will collaborate to provide a comprehensive team to treat a multitude of complex conditions. Our goal is to establish a well-trained and Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse team to support Midwest Neuroscience Institute’s vision in providing the highest quality compassionate care.”

Cyndi Johnson, RN, chief nursing officer of Research Medical Center, says the CNRN achievement is evidence of the commitment the hospital has to life-long learning and the value of evidence-based practice. “The nurses holding the CNRN are just one of the many ways that Research supports quality nursing care for the community,” she says.

Darinda Reberry, RN, MSN, director of intensive care at Research Medical Center, says the rigorous criteria for earning the CNRN illustrates the experience and dedication of the eight nurses. “Research Medical Center’s ICU is 32 percent specially certified after this effort,” she says. “Each of these nurses represents an average of 14 years experience in neuroscience nursing. The fact that the nurses are willing to go above and beyond to advance their knowledge of the field translates to excellent, compassionate patient care.”

Pictured (from left): Deena Matt, Melissa Ellis, Jacki Addington, Michelle Jackson, Robin Burkhead, Susan Hale. Not pictured: Mary Beth Golden and Lori Brown.