The chapter wants to help both hospitals in their certification quest. The board developed a plan where they recommended that each hospital purchase the CCRN and PCCN site license which can be loaded onto their respective intranets for access by all of their staff, and then the chapter would coordinate certification study groups to help their staffs prepare to take the exams.
They also proposed establishing Certification walls of honor with framed photos of every certified nurse, and holding an annual Certification recognition dinner. Both hospitals accepted the proposal and the chapter moved forward.
Using the teleconferencing technology available to the chapter, the study groups were attended by more than 50 nurses, many of whom joined the chapter because of the ease of accessibility they now had.
In less than one year, 12% of the area nurses achieved their certification, and their membership has grown to over 90 members. The study groups continue.