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Celebrating Certification

03/20/17 12:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Geoffrey P. Barham

United States Naval Hospital Yokosuka Branch Health Clinic Sasebo nurses gathered to celebrate Certified Nurses Day onboard Commander, U.S. Naval Fleet Activities Sasebo on March 20, 2017.

According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center, every March 19, employers, certification boards, education facilities and healthcare providers celebrate and publicly acknowledge nurses who care enough to earn and maintain the highest credentials in their specialty.

“Certified Nurses Day is a national day to recognize nurses that have gone the extra mile to get certified in their specialty,” said Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Chamberas, USNH Yokosuka, BHC Sasebo department head and senior nursing officer. “It’s a day to recognize those in our profession that have really become subject matter experts in their field of choice.”

Nurses from USNH Yokosuka, BHC Sasebo celebrated not only the day but recent certification recipient Lt. j.g. Svetlana Atwood. Atwood earned her certification as a certified lactation counselor.

“Certifications validate your knowledge on a broad variety of subject matters in your specialty,” said Chamberas. “It falls in line with your career progression, what you’re interested in and your specialty and expertise.”

Chamberas certified for ambulatory care in 2010 and has been maintaining certification since 2012.

For nurses looking to get certified, Chamberas recommends reaching out to their peers.

“Reach out to mentors and really decide how you want to craft your career and what goals you have,” said Chamberas.

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